Excerpts from YOUR HANDS CAN HEAL YOU
In the often-irreverent language of the operating room, James was "circling the drain." Quite simply, he was going to die. A 41-year-old man who had been hospitalized for gall bladder surgery in the Los Angeles medical center where I worked, James had developed a host of serious post-operative complications: yeast sepsis (a blood infection fatal 70 percent of the time), a blood clot in the lung (fatal nearly 60 percent of the time) and multiple enterocutaneous fistulae (openings in his abdominal wall through which intestinal fluid was leaking). In addition, he had daily fever spikes of up to 104 degrees, constant nausea, and vomiting.
Your body already heals itself.
You may take antibiotics to combat infections, dose yourself with aspirin to reduce pain, have a cast put on a broken wrist, even have your appendix removed by a surgeon. But drugs and medical procedures don't "heal" you. They reduce inflammation, battle bacteria, or in the case of a cast or operation, make proper healing possible. But your body heals itself. And it does it magnificently. Through some process that we don't fully understand, your body has the amazing, innate ability to repair itself.
In a typical visit to a doctor, a patient might complain of a headache, insomnia, backache, vague stomach or abdominal discomfort, or urinary problem. The physician, being a scientist and wanting to be thorough, notes the patientâs symptoms and conducts an examination. He or she then offers what is called the "differential diagnosis," which is the spectrum of possible reasons for the symptoms, ranging from the simplest and least problematic to the most severe and life-threatening.
It takes work to keep your energy body clean. Because you are part of a dynamic bio-energetic system, you encounter both the prana that sustains life and the contaminants that diminish that prana. Fresh prana is added to the system from the sun, the ultimate source, but as living things absorb and use this fresh prana - your energy body "breathes" just as your respiratory system does - they also discharge dirty prana back into the system. Some of this expelled dirty prana is broken down naturally, but a portion stays in the air and the ground as residual contamination.
Here is the most difficult exercise in the entire book.
Put yourself into a comfortable position, either sitting or lying down. Close your eyes and relax your body. Use the sequential exercise you learned in chapter 3, if you wish. Perform six cycles of pranic breathing to help relax you further.
The last of the six steps to self-healing is a pair of energy-generation exercises that are the crown jewels of such exercises. The first is called "Tibetan Yogic Exercises," though it is also known as "The Rejuvenation Rite." The second is called "Mentalphysics" exercises.
In this final chapter we put physical health and energy into a more spiritual context. It's a natural next step for many who explore physical health through alternative or esoteric methods, and it's a particularly appropriate next step for those exploring energy-based healing.