The Old English hǣlan (in the sense ‘restore to sound health’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heelen and German heilen, also to whole.
How can the “part” know what it is to be whole? We can feel separate today, this is the age of isolation and apparent comfort. A time of great crisis – environmental, humanitarian… our oceans are receiving our toxic waste, our plastic, this wasteful culture of the “civilized” world. How can we talk of being “healed” – if we believe that the “I” that is experiencing this life is still apart, still separate.
We can feel part of the whole, part of something greater than ourselves, when we experience music, a concert, a mass, a religious celebration, a ritual, when we dissolve in the flow of a task that really inspires us – when we are in love, or in group consciousness sharing a yoga class together.
Today, increasingly, we may find ourselves entangled in this technological development, this “techno-sphere” – and our capacity for recovery, for equilibrium, for presence is somehow tested – relentlessly. Here too, we need boundaries and a touchstone for remembering what is it like to feel “whole”, to “be with” ourselves and the ONEness of creation.
The first step is healing perception – healing this apparent separation from the whole – from the universe of which we are a part. None of us are separate and yet we live in a world of the ‘individual’ – what is Your CHOICE, what do You want ? But really, there is more to us than the material manifestation – we have a destiny and a soul. We are not merely consumers to be swayed and coddled into desirable purchasing habits. We were not created merely to fear and separate ourselves one from the other, to forget the creator and live insular lives. To fear.
What can I do but write? What can the child do, but play? What the adult can also do is to be themselves, but first – we are called to be still. Still enough to allow all that stress, all the habits, all the wrong perceptions, all the heaviness of past mistakes, all the heart break and all the loss to fall away. For that we need to stop running. Stop being busy – just for a little while. Maybe 11 minutes ? Or 3 minutes maybe ? If you can set aside 3 minutes, you might just change how you feel – and make a better decision ; something kinder for yourself and by effect the world around you. This starts us on a new relationship to time – and discipline.
Welcome to the world of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, who once said:
“I don’t believe in miracles, I depend on them”.
Let’s make miracles in our own lives and in the world around us – by calling on the infinite ONE that is true for all time. Aligning with our infinite souls – so that we can be fearless in the face of challenges – and remember to breathe breathe breathe, softening that shell that keeps us apart, melt away our collective hurts. To simply stop the crazy.
I completed the training as a Level 1 instructor of this yogi technology in 2014, training for yoga therapy for P.T.S.D (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in 2017 and Radiant Child training in 2016.
Kundalini Yoga is a helpful tool for we who really may struggle in this world as it is, want to bring about change in our own lives and the world around us – develop grit, strength and intuition.