The past year has taught me much about healing, not instant and total healing, but getting better. The medical things I deal with are not major, though inflammation of the bladder was of serious concern a year ago. My experiences of healing have given me a new perspective on health with implications for other areas of life as well.
A year ago I was blessed to find a new urologist, Dr. Kalish Kedia, one of the most powerful and wonderful spiritual teachers I have ever met. He is from India. I do not know his religion, and we have spoken only a little about spiritual things. But this man knows God, and spirituality shines in the quality of his attention, his clear expression of intelligence, his humor, and his power of command. He sees so many patients that he gives the impression of wanting to take on all the sufferers of Cleveland. Some staff and patients regard him as a saint.
By last summer, we had been working for months on this bladder problem to no avail. One day, discussing test results, he made it clear that if things did not begin to clear up within a few months, the first of two more drastic solutions would be needed. That sobering news focused my attention sharply.
Soon thereafter, I had a vision of a branch between my thighs, bathed in light, gently swaying in a breeze that I could not feel. The vision came with no verbal message, but I felt assured that no more drastic measures would be needed. Since I regard spiritual and material means of healing as complementary, I took up with renewed determination the regime of drinking at least ten glasses of water a day. I playfully interpreted the branch as part of the tree of life and would sometimes think of all the water I was drinking as watering that tree. And I made it my business to continue my grateful reception of this vision by recalling it, by repeatedly envisioning divine ministry to my body and making myself permeable to its influence, whatever that might be.
I have long distinguished inner health from outer health. Inner health is feeling fine—vigorous, with vitality and abundant positive attitude. Outer health is what physicians examine. My belief is that inner health influences outer health. I’m sure that outer health can influence inner health, but my experience focuses on the power of inner health. My next checkup showed real progress.
Implications for other areas of life? When we feel beset by some problem, it seems solid, intractable, like a cement block in the way of our progress. But from a physics standpoint, a solid thing has far more space between the particles. Take that image as a metaphor for problems. The problem particles are real, but the divine intelligence and power that pervades those problems are far greater; so when we feel beset, isolated, frustrated, or angry, we can turn in faith and wait for the blessing to illuminate our practical way forward.
What experiences of inner health and blessing have given you new perspective?
Photo credit Jyrki Salmi from Finland – Oksat