THE HUMANIZATION OF NATURE AND OUR CONTEMPORARY ILLNESS Part Two

THE HUMANIZATION OF NATURE AND OUR CONTEMPORARY ILLNESS Part Two

THE HUMANIZATION OF NATURE AND OUR CONTEMPORARY ILLNESS PART TWO: ON BEING A REAL HUMAN

In ancient times, people believed that ultimate reality – like God or The Tao – was unknowable. As perceived by them, God and The Tao are without limits, yet Man’s intelligence is limited. So how can that which is limited know the limitless? It was futile, not to mention foolish, for man to attempt to define ultimate reality.

Though ultimate reality could not be known, man could know nature. For the ancients, that which is decreed by Heaven is called ‘nature’ and that which is in accord with one’s nature is called the ‘way.’ Everything has its own intrinsic nature as decreed by heaven – that is its essence and its reason for being. Following that nature is the way. Man is no exception.

Man has an innate set of purposes, which are typically human. These belong to his nature as decreed by heaven; indeed, following these is what makes him a human. So for man to be in accord with the way, he must manifest what it means to be human – distinct from non-humans. This means he has to live a life in a way befitting his humanity, which according to the ancients, is through his virtues.

Each and every Man is born with this inherent nature as a human. It is imperative that Man examines his conduct at all times and makes sure that it is aligned with his humanity, i.e., his virtuous nature. Otherwise, the ancients maintained, one is not worthy of calling himself a human, for what is human without his ‘virtues’, i.e., his humaneness?

If a person becomes bad, it’s not the fault of the stuff he is made of. Virtue belongs to man’s essence; it is what defines him as a human. A man becomes bad because he starves his natural impulses. He is lost; not bad by nature.

The key is to return to this original state of humaneness, goodness and virtuous living, which man can do by letting his heart/mind [soul] blossom and unfold naturally. By doing so, man would become a Real Human.

The ancients saw life as the offspring of the indivisible cosmic nature. It is like the blossoms on a tree; they come and go but the tree always remains. It is essential to find oneness with nature – and the Tree of Life. This is not to be achieved only on a philosophical or conceptual level, but also in the real cultivation of the inner eternal life – or man’s spiritual nature.

As they saw it, the best way of finding oneness with nature and the cosmos is by way of dissolving duality and eliminating or integrating polarity. This is first of all to be done by aligning oneself with the rhythms and cycles of nature, both on a material and immaterial level.

Then through the cultivation of the self and the continuous study of human nature, as well as, the constant adherence to the ways and means of nature as decreed by heaven, that duality is dissolved and the principles of human nature are revealed.

If this can be done successfully, one will naturally blossom and unfold one’s true nature as a “Real” human – as one who has merged his thoughts and actions with the ever-changing transformations of the universe.

Once at one with the Universe, one acts from his innermost being; he no longer deliberates or thinks about his actions. He responds in the only possible way, which is the perfectly appropriate way – the way of a Real human.

With this clarity of mind and vision, brought about by dependence on doing what is right as dictated by the soul, the Real human will be manifesting his natural heavenly qualities. Thus by developing one’s mind to the utmost, one knows one’s nature, and by knowing one’s nature, one knows Heaven.

Thus, in becoming a Real human, one knows his nature. In knowing his [real] nature, he reaches the highest achievement of his humanity, which is the elevation of the mind and the identification of the individual with his soul and through it, the universal oneness, or the Tao.

For the Real human, knowledge and virtue are one and the same. His philosophy requires that he lives it; he himself is the vehicle. The object of knowing is not the truth or falsity of empirical facts, but rather the good and evil or right and wrong of moral values. Knowing right from wrong – morality – is the innate knowing of the good – and true knowledge.

This gives Man a unity of purpose. For in finding out ‘what’ the nature of the universe is leads man to an understanding of ‘why’ he is here. Because of this ‘knowledge’, man can know ‘how’ to live his life – in concert and in harmony with this understanding.

But knowing how to live life is not enough; one must act on what is known. That is real knowledge, when knowledge is put into practice; knowledge is the beginning of action, and the action is the completion of knowledge.

Thus, learning to be a Real human involves only one effort: Knowledge and action should not be separated. Real knowledge is the manifestation of one’s essence in terms of his behavior; it is the integration of the inner and outer worlds. It is manifest in man’s oneness, not in his separation.

The key is ‘pure’ action. This is not easy or to be taken for granted, either. The Real human needs to make constant and uninterrupted spiritual effort to bring the innate of the good to light. These spiritual efforts signify eliminating selfish desires and becoming one with the whole.

Doing what one knows does not mean doing what has been taught or learned; it means applying one’s heart/mind and being totally sincere when doing it, without any selfish desires. This is the highest form of a Real human’s behavior.

When the Real human obeys the command of his soul, there can be no regrets; neither can there be thoughts of sorrow or joy. For there is no alternative to acting as one does, in harmony with one’s soul; this is naturally accepted as his destiny and the ongoing perfection of his virtue and his innermost essence.

In this way of perceiving reality, the mind plays a mediating role between the “lesser self” [the needs

of the body] and the “greater self” [the needs of the virtuous or spiritual self]. Getting the priorities right, between the two leads to the blossoming or unfolding of one’s true nature. This leads to the happy life.

The ancient’s perception of reality was inclusive, holistic and unitary. It saw man as a vital link between Heaven and earth; indeed, it placed man at the center of both, since only through man could the nature and spirit of both pass through and manifest.

Thus, Man was both the axis of Heaven and earth and the mover of their will, too. For only through Man were these two [polar] forces able to come together and find expression as one integrated whole system.

In the cosmos was perfect order, coherence and unity; and through Man these forces could manifest and develop perfectly. By bringing these qualities out, Man was expressing his reason for being; and by expressing his purpose in life, he was bringing to expression the indivisible forces of nature and the cosmic order.

This perception of reality gave a sense of unity and purpose to both the cosmos and to Man – each member of the cosmos playing its part in the holistic system of purpose, integrity and unity, in which each and every part is connected to and dependent on the other for its existence.

Nowadays, however, there is no such concept of order and balance. People are not coming together and playing their part in the universal symphony of life. It is dog eat dog; only the strong survive. It’s a competitive world and those who can develop their bodies and minds best are those most likely to develop – and survive – best.

This is the mentality of today’s world, it is a mentality based on the body consciousness and its survival, not a spiritual and holistic one. Man is no longer focusing on seeking oneness with the cosmos or with nature; on the contrary, he is doing his best to separate from and to get control over both.

For the moderns, Life isn’t about seeking oneness with nature and its eternal laws, either; it’s about making the most out of your life, following your dreams and desires. It’s about individuality and Man becoming successful. There is no concept of an intrinsic nature of man and following the way, nor is there an innate set of purposes to bring out.

The object of life is development and each individual should be free to develop all that he is capable of attaining. There are no essences to nurture and bring to light, nor are there indivisible forces of nature to blossom and unfold. It’s not about self-cultivation and self-realization on a spiritual level, either; it’s about self-actualization and self-attainment on a material level.

Not since the time of Descartes has Man felt any sense of real connection and unity with Nature. Instead of looking to and bringing out essences and the intrinsic nature of things and people, Man has come to see intellect and reason as real and true and all else as superstition and illusory.

Consequently, Man has cut off his links to nature, the divine and any concept of eternal mediums, like the soul, and out of this divorce we get, instead, the birth of materialist and intellectual absolutism. Man becomes the heart and soul of this planet and it is his to exploit and conquer as he chooses and wills.

Man is not here anymore to be one with nature and to manifest her ways through a spiritual existence; nor is he here to sublimate his desires for more ethereal and holier ones. He is here to develop and he will do that by bringing out – not his heavenly qualities – but his Man-made and artificial ones.

For this is now a world defined by Man, gone are the days of purpose-driven worlds as exhibited by the cultivation of the soul [through meditation, contemplation and self-examination] and as manifest by his virtuous deeds. Nature is not heavenly anymore, nor is it spiritual. Nothing is passing through it to link Man to other worlds and other realities.

Nature is a thing like everything else on this plane, and like all other things on this planet, it is driven by bio-chemical mechanisms, which exist for no other reason but to self-perpetuate. Nature is no longer the mysterious force behind life; it is a thing to exploit and to develop.

For the moderns, the purpose of Nature is the advancement and unfoldment of life; likewise, the purpose of man is the advancement and unfoldment of his life. This means that man’s purpose in life is in doing that which comes naturally to him, i.e., in doing what he wants to do.

But this is a materialistic world, so Man can only do what he wants to do by making use of things. And he can have the free use of things only as he becomes rich enough to buy them. So it is imperative to, first of all, learn how to make the best use of things, since they are what we need to develop to be free, then to have enough money to buy those things.

Therefore, to understand the science of getting rich is the most essential of all knowledge in today’s world, since by being rich we will be free and real humans. Thus, being rich is the key to being a Real human.

Thus in a huge departure from ancient thought in which being a Real human was determined by his pure – virtuous – action and his constant and uninterrupted spiritual effort to bring the innate good – divine – to light, modern man is here to develop his natural cravings and to learn how to buy and use things so as to satisfy them.

Man is not here to learn what Nature is and on how to become one with Nature anymore; nor is he here to bring out his intrinsic nature or in being one with his soul, either; it’s all about learning how to develop, to profit from and to exploit Nature.

As for virtues and virtuous living, forget about it. Not only is this an anachronistic belief in today’s world, it is incomprehensible. Forget about the offspring of the indivisible cosmic nature, too, and the flowers blossoming on the tree, or the Tree of Life.

Man is here to get rich, not on a figurative level, but on a literal level. That is the Real human in today’s world – being a rich man.

ILLNESS AND HEALING AND MASTER NICHOLAS’ WAY

ILLNESS AND HEALING AND MASTER NICHOLAS’ WAY

Master Nicholas is a Qigong healer, which is an energy and spirit-based healing modality originating from China and based on the concept of Qi [“chee”], or life force, that animates all living things. In order to remain healthy, one must balance this energy [Qi] and ensure that it flows freely and naturally throughout the body.

Disease occurs when the flow of this vital energy is blocked [stagnant] or unbalanced. Energy therapies like Qigong place great emphasis on regulating the Qi, breath, mind and body so as to balance and direct energy and spirit within the body, to activate self-healing, and create homeostasis.

Master Nicholas has spent many years living as a hermit in the mountains of China working on and cultivating his own vital energy and life force [Qi] and learning how to channel it in order to help others who are in need. He has studied Tai Chi/Qigong with great Masters and teachers, all for the purpose of increasing his ability to help and educate others to learn about and facilitate their own Qi and its freedom to flow naturally and unimpeded. After many years of study, practice and healing he is convinced that most disease comes about as a result of blocked [stagnant] Qi in the body, or an unbalanced flow of Qi circulating in the system.

In Chinese medicine, there is a saying: “Where there is pain there is blocked communication. Where there is open communication there is no pain.” Pain for the Chinese comes from both a physical and mental origin. The primary purpose of any of the healing arts is to maintain a free and flowing communication within the body and mind. Qi is the leading facilitator of body-mind communication. Qi follows the mind; what you think and concentrate upon directs the flow of Qi. If the mind is calm and clear, the flow of Qi will be calm and clear too and, as a result, the communication between mind and body will be free flowing and naturally healthy.

But if the mind is agitated or depressed, the flow of energy will be agitated and depressed respectively, negatively affecting the body and its health and wellbeing. By the same token, if the body organs are sick this will affect the blood and Qi flow, which will in turn affect the states of one’s mental and emotional health and well being.

It is impossible to separate one from the other; each forms an inextricable link in the matrix of life, in which all is holistically connected and dependent upon the other. If the Qi is in any way blocked or imbalanced, it will affect the internal flow of Qi, which will adversely affect the internal organs and, consequently, all forms of communication. Nothing can be seen in isolation or separate from the whole—neither from a somatic level nor a psychological one.

As far as Master Nicholas is concerned, not only is blocked communication the cause of all illness and disorder, but all healing techniques and therapies should be judged on their ability to enhance communication, whether within ourselves, with others, or in our relationship to the world.

As he sees it, inherently blocked communication is blocked energy and blocked energy arises from either or both the mind and physical body. Whether the source [of illness] is mental or physical trauma, habitual dietary indiscretions, an emotion such as fear, living outside of nature’s natural environment and rhythms, the day-to-day stresses in one’s life, or something else, ultimately an energetic blockage is created. Unless resolved, blockages do in time become more problematic and, as a result, disease ensues.

Pain is the main indicator that an energy blockage exists. Pain can be very subtle in nature, such as a feeling of anxiety, worry or mild distress, or it can be very physical and extremely debilitating, such as the pain from a fractured bone or wound. Pain is the mind’s and body’s way of drawing awareness to an area in need of healing.

But sometimes the awareness of pain becomes suppressed when survival is at stake or when the survival instinct becomes distorted by chronic unconscious emotional patterns such as fear and shame. These emotional patterns are usually potent and habitual. Whenever energy is blocked, there probably exists an underlying feeling or thought in need of releasing. So making a person aware is an effective form of refining and integrating the mind with the body and an essential component of the healing process.

According to Master Nicholas it is the person who gets sick first; the body follows suit. Thus, it is the healer’s responsibility to look into and investigate the person first and get to know the ‘root’ cause of the disease and then to treat those affected areas that are consequently blocked or unbalanced whatever their origin, be it psychological, physical, emotional, or spiritual.

As he sees it, it is impossible to look at and diagnose somebody without looking at the ‘whole’ person. Rather than reducing a cause of disease down to its singular symptom, or location, he believes it is imperative to look at and analyze a person in his or her entirety, which one can only do by looking at all aspects of a person, i.e. his/her emotional, mental and physical well being and how they are influencing and impacting each other.

But not all responsibility for healing should fall on the shoulders of the healer. Master Nicholas also maintains that the patients have a great responsibility in healing themselves as well. The patient should not passively submit to treatment, but instead should be an active participant in the healing process. A person can actively participate by focusing upon and integrating the mental, emotional, or physical impressions that arise in a healing session.

By consciously becoming aware of the mental, emotional and physical impressions, followed by their acceptance and integration, the underlying blockages can be completely released. Generally this does not happen all at once, but rather over time while focusing on the particular blockage. For unless the underlying cause or pattern can be discovered and integrated into the patient’s awareness and as a result his/her patterns of behavior and habits are changed, one can expect a reappearance of the same or even more intensified blockage and disease.

In Chinese martial arts it is said that spirit leads the mind, the mind leads the Qi, the Qi leads the breath, the breath leads the body, and the body leads the spirit. If one is to be healthy, each one must be balanced and properly working in unity with the others. But if something goes wrong and the sequence and balance are disturbed, then there is a communication breakdown, which is usually followed by disease and illness. So if one wants good health, then one must be aware of the interaction of the above and do everything to maintain and regulate their equilibrium. For this reason, the healing process requires different treatment for different illnesses.

Master Nicholas offers an integral approach to health, the understanding of illness and restoration of wellbeing, as well as the relationship between mind and body. In practice, this means that he incorporates energetic theory, numerology, and acupressure, hands-on Qigong healing techniques, Tai Chi and Qigong exercises, diet, natural therapeutics and strong intuitive skills.

Basically speaking, his healing focuses on removing blockages externally and internally. Once removed, the qi can flow uninterruptedly and the patient can heal himself naturally. These practices are primarily adapted from traditional Chinese medicine, internal alchemy, spirituality and ancient sources.

The Cracked Pot

The Cracked Pot

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of
a pole which she carried across her neck.
 
One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.
At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water.
Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.
But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.
After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to
the woman one day by the stream.
‘I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.’
The old woman smiled, ‘Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?’
‘That’s because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them.’
For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
decorate the table.
Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house.’
Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.
You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.
SO, to all of my cracked pot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!
 
Post Curated From: The Sai Divine Inspirations

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