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 ART OF HEALING

THE ART OF HEALING

“The most Divine art is healing. It must occupy itself with the soul as well as the body.”                                                         –Pythagoras.

 

To heal, really heal, one must become whole, which is what healing means, to become whole. To help one become whole, one must heal an individual uniting all aspects of his being, meaning his emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual aspects.

 

To do less, by healing only a part, be it a psychological part, or a physical part, or a spiritual part, is still doomed to failure, as the underlying cause of one’s illness, his separation from the whole, has not been altered.

 

Though his physical or psychological condition may improve through drugs or therapy, his underlying problem, i.e. his imbalance or lack of unity has not improved, in that he will still see his reality as defined by the physical, emotional, mental or psychological aspect of his being.

 

One major reason why cancer therapy fails is because the drugs only affect the individual part, and never confront the root cause, or the underlying cause of disease.

 

His perception of reality has not changed, thus his reality, in absolute terms, has not changed either. At an unconscious or subconscious level, he/she still perceives himself as separate from the whole, thus he has not been healed. Wholeness has not been achieved; therefore one can expect problems to resume.

 

But re-unite him with the whole, and his greater Self [as distinct from his lesser self, or ego], and we can start to see the healing process in action. The individual no longer identifies himself by his own individuality or by the separate parts of his being. In other words, he is no longer separate from the whole.

 

Rather he is one with the whole, and he is healed. And that reality of oneness and wholeness will manifest on a physical level, and the disease or the feeling of disharmony will vanish.

 

But for all this to happen, for real healing to happen, both healer and healed must surrender and suspend reason and open the gates to one’s imagination.

 

Everything is in a constant state of becoming. Life is always changing; nothing can ever be reproduced or duplicated as it was. Though reality, i.e. life is in a constant state of death and renewal, our mental and emotional perceptions do not necessarily keep pace with these changes, but instead still cling to the past.

 

This is how we become ill, by superimposing our perceptual reality on reality itself, thereby refusing to ‘see’ the wholeness of being, but seeing life through our own eyes and vision, and trying to make others conform to our views and definitions.

 

We live in fear of the unknown and rather than being open to this uncertainty, we cling to what is known, for at least this gives our lives a semblance of control and stability. It roots us in something, even if it is a flawed or false existence; it is at least a known entity so preferable to the truth

 

But it does not permit us to be whole, because wholeness comes from an understanding that our vision of separation is but an illusion. To be whole we must accept that WE ARE ALREADY WHOLE.

 

To do this, we must accept the ESSENCE of our existence and stop identifying only with its material FORM. Then real healing can begin.

 

But it is the same…thing. One cannot separate the ESSENCE from the FORM, no more than one can separate emptiness from the glass. Neither can exist independent of the other. Without emptiness, a glass cannot exist. And without a glass, emptiness can not exist.

 

It is the mind and its need to separate that creates all the difficulties.

 

“Things” would be all right if we didn’t think so much. Actually we would understand a lot more if only the mind would get out of the way. But it can’t- because its existence depends on its analytical faculties. It must find reason, and it does so by separating and evaluating the component parts.

 

But this is the very reason why wholeness eludes us. Because the mind’s job is to analyze, and to do so it must divide things into parts. We cannot find wholeness when the mind is forever breaking things down.

 

Wholeness is threatening to the mind, as the mind finds purpose in separating, but loses its identity [and function] when it is whole.

 

It self-destructs, so to speak, or obliterates in wholeness. But that is exactly what is necessary for us, and for our well-being. Only when the mind is no longer in control can we give vent to our imaginations and find the ESSENCE in the FORM.

 

This is exactly why psychology alone cannot heal us. Since its greatest tool is analysis, it must by nature separate and evaluate the person. By doing so, it creates a schism so to speak, a disconnect, or a gulf between the spiritual and material worlds

 

So the patient can never really heal during the process, since he cannot find wholeness in the psychological experience, since the experience is all about the material form of conflicts and their separation, division, identification and analysis.

 

One cannot have a psychological experience in silence. Instead one must be verbal or outside and separate form others to participate.

 

This is the problem with psychology. It can never be a spiritual experience, since it emphasizes the form. And in this way, people can never feel united with their ESSENCE

 

In other words, they can never find wholeness, so how can they be healed? By the same token, when we go to a doctor for a cure, and he orders an MRI to analyze the cause of our disease, how can we expect any healing, deprived of the spiritual element?

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