What’s Healing? Who Heals?
Anam Thubten’s 30 minute talk on Loving the World Madly is a real gem. You can catch it on the internet at www.dharmata.org. The first couple of times I watched it, it seemed like it started out slow—I think Anam is just getting things balanced out with his audience. In any event, once the train gets rolling, he covers a lot of ground. The importance of loving the good and the bad, and how that begins with loving the good, the bad, and yes, even the ugly in ourselves. Among other things, Anam mentions Avalokitesvara (Guanyin) also DBA Chenrezig, the 1000-armed Buddha of Compassion. The current Dalai Lama is believed to be an emanation of Chenrezig. Anam explains that Chenrezig means the one with the eternal gaze. Friends who have met the Dalai Lama have said how healing his gaze can be, even though or because he sees, without any judgment--all of you in this and every lifetime. Anam’s books include No Self? No Problem!
Jump forward and backward to Sir David Hawkins, MD a world-renowned psychiatrist, spiritual leader, consciousness researcher, and mystic who died in 2012. Hawkins published at least 16 books, including Letting Go, I: Reality and Subjectivity, and Power vs Force. In the 1970s, Hawkins coauthored Orthomolecular Psychiatry with Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling. Over his career,
Dr. Hawkins came to believe that if he could simply look at his patients without judgment they might begin to heal. Patients came from all over the world to see him. Although many presented with the most intractable and disturbing mental illnesses, a significant number experienced spontaneous healing after working with Dr. Hawkins. Many of his short talks are accessible via google. Here’s a nice place to start. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_O_8oLGabs
If, on the other hand, you are suffering from an excess of navel gazing and soul searching, perhaps you have an excess of self-judgement. Have a little compassion for yourself and listen to Sogyal Rinpoche 5 minute teaching based on a poem by Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, “Rest In Natural Great Peace.” Some of the text follows, but I encourage readers to go online, close their eyes, and listen to the reading with its accompanying music by Richard Page. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gvo-CCtC3Zs
We’ve talked previously about the gifts of imperfection (Brene Brown) and the value of self-compassion (Kristin Neff). David Whyte the wonderful Welsh poet on Whidbey Island sums it up nicely in his poem the Faces at Braga.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uErv9GUyZU
If the therapist doesn’t have to do anything but hold nonjudgmental space, then it must be the patient who does the healing. Are you thinking, “Gee! Thanks a lot!”? Don’t. We were born to heal. We are built to heal. We are here to heal. You are the healer. You’ve always had everything you needed to heal, and you are healing as you read. Healing: to make whole. Or this wisdom from the donut box.:
As you travel on through life, Brother (or Sister),
No Matter What Your Goal,
Keep Your Eye upon the Donut,
Not Upon the Hole!