Healing, from the Taoist perspective, is all about "chi," the one life force which
flows through everyone and everything. And this chi, Oriental medical doctors have
come to realize, is owned and controlled by the mind. Because chi flows from "the
source of life", people must not limit themselves in their concept of what healing
is. Healing is not simply the process of curing someone who is sick.
Healing is not something that can be abstractly understood as a theory, either. According to ancient
principles of Oriental medicine, which are based on Taoism, healing is something that can only be
understood when you have received healing yourself and have "healed" many others. To do this, you need to
be aware that the flow of chi depends on and changes according to one's consciousness, one's thoughts, and
one's mind. So in the initial stage of healing, what is important is the relationship between the mind and
chi. Hence, you need to ask yourself: "How can I straighten my 'self' out?" and "How do I use my mind
correctly and justly?”
In healing, what is important is to purify your chi. It is through this process, which naturally includes
purifying the mind, that you attain "one mind," a connection with the source of life. In order to enter
the "healing state of mind," you must close your eyes and meditate on what state of mind you "feel" you
need to be in to heal. Just by going into your meditation with this intention, the proper state of one
mind will arise.
But the usefulness of one mind does not just stop there. Even in daily affairs, if you are to be
successful in all things and live life joyfully, you can depend on one mind. There is fundamentally one
reason why you need to have one in all approaches to the world. It is because this one mind is the mind
of life, the mind of success, the mind of the future. One mind may seem an extremely esoteric concept.
But it is really nothing more than emptying the mind. This principle is the most important in trying to
understand the innate nature of mind. And it is one thing you should never forget.
From ancient times, all the enlightened ones - from Shakyamuni Buddha to Jesus, Mohammed and all the
others - have emphasized one thing that is very important, that the mind must be empty for knowledge to
enter. The innate nature of mind is indeed empty. So, in order to feel the inherent form of mind, we need
to be empty ourselves.
People often say that you must "erase" or "get rid of” impurities in the mind. But, like it is said in Zen
Buddhism, it is better to just let go of all thoughts. What does "letting go" mean? Obviously the mind is
not something that you can grab on to. But that does not mean that it cannot be let go of. To understand
this, you need to sit down in quiet meditation and see the rising and falling of thoughts in the mind.
Once you recognize this, then you can begin to let go, which is no easy feat.
There is, however, something you can do to "let go" in your everyday life - and that, simply, is to
forgive. When you truly forgive someone, with a great wide open mind, that is when you really let go.
By Jaseng Center for Alternative Medicine.
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