I have been a conscious crusader for healing the planet since I was 10. After watching a documentary on the indigenous Amazonians, I determined I wanted to be a shaman when I grew up. It wasn’t till decades later that I would learn the true meaning of the word shaman, which originated with the Tungus tribe of Siberia, means “one who sees in the dark.”
Indeed, to advance forward now and take charge of our own health and healing, as well as the healing of our home, family, community, and planet, we ALL need to learn to see in the dark. What does this exactly mean? At this point, it means that many of us have woken up to the fact that our body, our life, is more than meets the eye. Our Western, linear, left brain culture and medicine teaches us a Cartesian view of the world…it is all made up of parts, separate parts, that can be put together for the right price for a consumer by the right provider. Without that externalization of everything we need being outside of us…we are, and have, nothing. This foundation of our experience of everything as separate has created a deeply dysfunctional fracturing of our true experience of Self.
What if I told you what heals you, REALLY heals you, is a pulse deep within your own being. Not your heart rate, or blood pressure, or even your thoughts and diet. It is actually a frequency that is uniquely yours. Like a radio wave seeking to broadcast on a specific station, YOU are that specific station. Unfortunately, many of us go through life tuning and re-tuning the dial with pretty poor reception. We are told to look outside of ourselves for the answers to our life, our problems, even our desires and goals. And the results? Very poor. 350 million people world-wide suffer depression, it is the number one disability in the world. And the numbers are growing daily: cancer, autism, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune disease, hormonal dysregulation, immune decline, chronic pain are all on the rise. We are getting sicker as a population, not better, regardless of how much money we spend as a wealthy nation on healthcare and drug research.
Speaking of drug research, most all medical school text books now are paid for and in part written by pharmaceutical companies. So our continuing Western medical model of learning about health and healing of the human body is defined, again, by agents outside of us that alter our body functioning. We have no true sense of how we are marvelously functioning under the guise of “placebo”, spontaneous healing, or darn it, self-healing in general. Do you know that you are wired to self-heal? If you cut yourself, you have no doubt that cut will heal. So why then do we doubt that our body, with the right impediments removed, can heal? That our mind, with the right impediments removed, can heal? And my favorite, how our spirit, with the right impediments removed, can heal? Notice I said impediments REMOVED. It is not something we need to gain, but the removal of what impedes our communication to our vital Self. We can see ourselves finally as WHOLE! Then we can truly admire the magical, mystical functioning of our superbly complex, integrated bio-electro-magnetic-chemical organism (that happens to be intimately connected to the diversity of bio-electro-magnetic-chemical organisms around them). No wonder the origin of the word ‘heal’ is to “make whole”!
That is why it is time for us to collectively decide to see in the dark, for us to look behind the great curtain of Oz and see for ourselves what is hidden beneath the surface of our own being-ness. And you know what? The journey will blow your mind. It will expand your heart. It will cause you to tear up when you see the sunrise or look in your dog’s eyes (or if you are lucky, your spouse’s). It will give you so much gratitude for being in this exact body, right here, right now. I promise you, what you will find when you decide to turn that satellite reception dish inward and begin tuning into the dark vastness of your own True Self. You will find Embodied Light, the beginning of your healing journey.
What is Embodied Light?
Embodied light is my favorite healing tool to work with. It is your unique spark of vital essence that runs your material machine. Like the definition of a photon particle (or wave), it is, in its essence, radiant energy. The consciousness of your ‘soul’, embodied in your cellular matter, gives off a form of radiant energy that can be enhanced and strengthened with awareness, or extremely depleted with forgetting and overriding. It doesn’t matter if we are using the healing tools of food, herbs, meditation, essential oils, Reiki, reflexology, etc., etc., if your soul is not on board, there will be NO healing change. Have you ever eaten the same exact thing with different results? Depending on where you are or who you are with? Have you ever found something for some reason gives you an immense amount of joy, though you may do it or see it with no response on another day? Do you ever feel great about your body, and then the next day, for some reason, you can’t tolerate it’s icky-ness? Have you ever found a healing modality, or exercise class, or diet, to work, but then, at a different time, in a different state with different thoughts, it doesn’t have the same effect? Why are we so darn variable and unpredictable?
While this question is the bane of modern medical research (alongside the placebo effect), I have to say I LOVE your variability! Do you know why? Because it is a roadmap to your inner self, your deepest darkest inner dialogue. Your impetuous waves of variability are the emotional current of your soul, and if you dare to ride them, they will tell you what is up, and why. They will lovingly guide you to listen to your inner state, and not get lost outside of yourself with the mire of babble and commodities you throw at yourself to no avail. The reason they don’t stick is because when you just use your conscious intellectual mind to make health and life decisions, you are not using your whole tool box. And in this day of social media and information bombardment, understanding yourself through the reflection of ‘other’ is not YOU. Only you know YOU and that’s that. Take that Facebook!
So, when you journey these waves of variability and deep moodiness within the dark of your being, you begin to slow down and quiet the chatter of your active mind. You begin to learn to sense a presence, an aspect of yourself that has been long forgotten. Some like to think of it as your inner child, because it seems young, simple, and very honest. I like to think of it as the infinite within, the infinite spark of your consciousness, your higher self, that is fully embedded in the awareness of every cell of your body (which you unfortunately have been trained to tune out over a more rational approach to existence). Unlike a higher self-awareness external to you in the spiritual realm (one that you may tap into in meditation with some non-attachment), this delicious part of your higher-self is smack dab anchored and buried in your juicy, gassy core. There is no escaping the purgatory of this body, and all its negative thoughts, beliefs, stories, repressed emotions, fears, resistance, rage, violence etc., etc.,that makes this shining spark of light of your highest infinite being sink slowly, steadily, deeper into the chasms of your unconscious dunce corner of the catacombs of your body-mind. And, for many of us women, if we hate our bodies, and infuse it with judgements and self-loathing every day…guess what happens to this light?
Back to seeing in the dark. The light is there, we just have to find it again and bring it out. Bring it out of every cell, every organ, every chakra, every heartbeat. You have to dive in deep, learn to ‘see in the dark’, and not come up until you are clinging with such desperate self-love to this sweet blinking part of your infinite self, and promise never to turn your back on her/him again. You begin to acknowledge that your body is amazing, your mind is powerful when still and focused, and your heart has the ability to jump start a world of love. It is THEN that you begin to change your diet, notice what foods you love and find strength in, and what makes you feel weak minded and jittery. It is then that herbs not only support your chemistry, but they begin to sing to your cell’s consciousness to wake up and do their job! It is then that essential oils not only smell good and relax you, but they begin to stir deep memories and truths of harmony, and alignment, and nudge your psyche to find beauty and healing (wholeness) everywhere. It is then, that with each energy or body work session you receive, you go deeper and deeper into this consciousness, anchoring your brilliant infinite, intuitive mind as a part of your whole mind, till all you experience is oneness and unity with everything alive in love.
This is the goal of learning how to see in the dark, a wellness strategy for the 21st century. Let the fun (and healing) begin…for the sake of you and the entire planet!