Chi and Consciousness are Linked
One of these days I'm going to write a short book on healing and the mind. Why? Because it seems that all the scientists and other authors who write about this topic -- Jeff Levin and God, Faith, and Health, Paul Pearsall and The Heart's Code, Russell Targ and Miracles of Mind, Dossey's works and Caroline Myss -- all seem to skip over the major issue.
They all keep tiptoeing around the big reason why the mind can heal -- it's because chi and consciousness are linked (At least at the lower stages of the cultivation path).
That's it. That's all I want them to say. That one line will finally open the can of worms and get all the right people talking.
So here's what I would do in that book. It's take me years to search through various translations of spiritual texts and find anything that applies to this matter. I'd take the following quotes that I collected from a number of different spiritual traditions and then use them to show that none of these folks hit the target because none of them discuss the connection between consciousness and chi. But here are the ancient texts that do:
Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Light on Hatha Yoga, Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati, (Bihar School of Yoga, Munger (Bihar): India, 1993), p. 448:
Highest Yoga Tantra, Daniel Cozort (Snow Lion, Ithaca: New York, 1986), p. 42-43:
The Yoga of Tibet, Tsong-Ka-Pa, trans. Jeffrey Hopkins, (Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi: India, 1987), p. 112:
Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Light on Hatha Yoga, Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati, (Bihar School of Yoga, Munger (Bihar): India, 1993), p. 448.
The Yoga of Light, Hans-Ulrich Rieker , (Dawn Horse Press, CA, 1971), p. 155.
Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Light on Hatha Yoga, Swami Muktibodhananda Saraswati, (Bihar School of Yoga, Munger (Bihar): India, 1993), p. 134:
Translated a bit more simply this means "Prana and mind are intricately linked. Fluctuation of one means fluctuation of the other." Even when there is an organ transplant from one individual to another, when the organ goes, part of the chi or the original person goes with it (life force), and with it some conscious cravings or tendencies until the chi of that organ, in its new environment, can be purified and transformed. How? By meditation, of course!
Zen Master Nan Huai-Chin just says it directly: "Chi and consciousness are linked," at least for the lowest stages of the spiritual path.
That's what I'd like to say in a book about the mind and healing.
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