More and more people are turning to spiritual healing to find relief from their pain and suffering that conventional, biologically-based medicine can not provide.
In his commentary on the Bhagavad Gita, Paramahansa Yogananda, a self-realized master, explains that there are two main roots of all physical and mental diseases that are imperceptible to most people:
- malfunctions in energy flows to one or more organs of the body
- coming to fruition of karmic seeds i.e. deeds done in the past that did not originate in compassion.
A true spiritual (or psychic) healer may be intuitively able to perceive and to partially correct energy flow malfunctions. However, he/she cannot change the karmic blueprint of anybody; only an enlightened spiritual master can do so, and he/she will do it very rarely. Therefore, healers can facilitate our way by opening energy flows; but each of us must ultimately face the fruition of karmic seeds.
The Ripening of Karmic Seeds
What might this look like? Let’s say I was a tyrannical partner in marriage earlier in this life. I tyrannized my partner in order to get him to do what I wanted him to do. I won’t love you unless you….(fill in the blanks). When that “karmic seed” ripens, I may find myself locked in partnership with someone who seems to victimize me at every turn—demeaning my work to others, trying to control me, etc. In the present time, I shrink from this kind of treatment and learn what if feels like to be tyrannized.
Hopefully, I find my way to become a partner who collaborates in a supportive way and drops the need to be a tyrant…but that may take many painful anxious situations, deep depression, and sleepless nights before I reach that conclusion. After the conclusion is reached, I still have to practice the skills of loving relationship with a partner I treat as an equal.
If a spiritual healer just took away the anxiety or depression, poof, I would likely not go through the growth process I needed. If a magic bullet drug took away the anxiety or depression I might also not face what I needed to face.
The origin of this universal law of cause and effect is not punitive. It is to empower growth into wholeness. Each of us needs to become more balanced. Thus, each of us must experience the consequences of our own actions and learn from them the lessons necessary for our own spiritual evolution. When we become whole we are motivated by compassion and wisdom and feel peace of mind.
Emma Bragdon, PhD, drew inspiration from Dr. Steven Brena before writing this post. Dr. Brena is on the Board of Advisors of IMHU. IMHU.org
Yogananda (Translation and Commentary) (1995) God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita. The Royal Science of God-Realization. Los Angeles: Self Realization Fellowship.