It is impossible to draw a hard boundary between our physical selves and the world. No longer fixed by the boundary of the skin, we can understand ourselves to be permeable, changeable, responsive to the thoughts in our minds.
We've heard the story before. A patient slips into a coma and
nearly dies. He experiences lights,
colors, and landscapes, all while disconnected from his body. Messages
are imparted, deep feelings are felt, and then he is sucked back
into the material world, his whole perspective changed. The difference this time is that the patient is a neurosurgeon.
An unprecedented kind of mind has suddenly appeared during the last couple of millennia. Enflamed and encrusted with growths like the insupportable noggin of the
elephant man, this self cannot help but look upon the world to
presuppose a somewhat larger Self: the One and Only CEO and Sole
Manufacturer of Absolutely Everything.
"I became interested in hands-on healing from the vantage point of a skeptic — someone who doesn't know the answer. I still don't know why some
people heal. If they were a believer in this healing stuff, it tended to take
longer to heal than if they were a skeptic."
–In this interview, sociologist William Bengston discusses his decades of research in hands-on healing.
Everything in the
universe contains its own energy. Each
scientific discipline and religious group describes that energy in its own
words. It doesn't matter how we
define this energy — it matters that we acknowledge it exists. It can help us heal ourselves, and the planet.
As our practice deepens, we experience a vast expansion into
universal presence as well as the microscopic attention to the minutest
particles of the body. This fusion of universal consciousness with precise
cellular awareness is the door through which grace can enter.