Grace under pressure
By Deepti G Gujar
Deepti G Gujar outlines various ways we can support the body and ourselves to undergo a surgery with minimum trauma and maximum grace
After taking two medical opinions, I found out I had to undergo a medical procedure. The organ had to be operated on. Knowing the science of body consciousness, I knew that the moment metal cuts into the body, the organ that it cuts into, including the skin, undergoes trauma. And so I started the pre-talk with my body. You see, the body listens to every thought in your system. In fact if you were to read Deepak Chopra, you would understand that “mind” is a receptor present on every cell of the body. These receptors hold the energy of “thought”, and accordingly direct their corresponding cells to grow, shrink, multiply, die or live.
Of course, invasive cures for the body are best avoided in the first place, but sometimes they are inevitable. There are ways though, to soften the experience and give your body the support it needs. These are a few that I successfully used very recently that helped me sail through the experience.
1. Talking to your body as if it were a child
Imagine your whole body is an innocent child not knowing what it has in store for it. Would you scare it? Would you frighten it with imaginary dreadful scenarios? Rather you would give it affirmations of safety and well-being. I started talking to my body, and especially the organ, in the gentlest of ways. I was, after all, my body’s guardian. It trusted me and I trusted it. As I spoke to it, I told it honestly that I had no idea how much pain would be involved. But whatever happened, I would be right beside it, supporting it as it went through pain. I would not abandon my body by criticising it, hastening the recovery or imagining worst possible scenarios. Consequently, my body responded. Over the days leading to the procedure, I was guided to eat certain foods that would help my body cope with pain and loss of any kind. Another way of talking to the body is through EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
2. Ho’opono pono prayer
“I love You. I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank You” ~ is the Ho’opono pono prayer. I would sit every night with a prayer bead necklace and say these words 108 times, focussing on the organ. This was my way of taking 100 per cent responsibility, as a creator of this body, for whatever it is that my body was undergoing, or was about to. This was also the best way to forgive myself in advance for anything that might result from the procedure. This was hence, the best way of letting go and giving it up to the Divine, knowing that I had done my best. If in any way you feel victimised about what your body is undergoing, by doing this prayer 108 times, it helps you to take responsibility and free yourself from the victim role.
3. Conscious creation
We are inherent creators simply by virtue of having a mind that thinks. We either create consciously, or unconsciously. When I took a second opinion, I was filled with horrific images of what I was going to go through. Luckily, awareness caught me by the scruff and reminded me that my every thought and visualisation is creation. We either create out of fear or we create out of love. I therefore created a conscious feeling-based intention – I intended to feel relaxed as I went through the procedure and loved, cared for and supported afterwards. Creating a feeling-specific intention ensures that you don’t limit the universe with whats. You just specify the way. I also consciously visualised myself smiling, feeling no pain at all. Just doing this expanded the trust in me. I also found a homeopath who gave me the perfect medication to ease the process. I knew I was in the safe hands of the Universe. For some, it is easy to get into a no-mind state and trust comes easy. For me this was not the case. My mind was very active, and hence I felt the need to redirect it to cultivate trust.
4. Thank you
As I lay on the table while the doctor was pushing anaesthesia in my system to start the procedure, I started saying “Thank you” to my body for supporting me through this experience as well. As I went into full body anaesthesia, I told myself that I was entering a meditation, imagined myself entering my favourite meditation place as I kept chanting “Thank you”. Soon, I was completely unconscious.
I was told that recovery from the anaesthesia was the most critical. Some take days to recover. As soon as I was wheeled onto my hospital bed where I was to recover, I was semi-conscious. I could hear the doctor’s voice saying everything was normal. I could hear my family next to me. Most of all I felt like I was just coming out of a meditation session even though I was unable to open my eyes. I was getting visions of my own birth memories along with insights that helped me to heal my relationship with a family member. The visions left behind a deep sense of calm and profound clarity. In fact, my friend watching me commented that I had a smile of enlightenment on my face.
Within an hour I was able to open my eyes, talk and move my body. In a few hours, I started eating without any post-anaesthesia symptoms. All of this made me even more grateful to my body for trusting me. I also received clear messages and insights on my next venture.
5. Invoking the masters and our angels
Our angels are always present around us, waiting to be asked for help, to intervene. Even if you have never trusted that they exist, it is good to speak to them even in your imagination, and ask them to take care of you. I asked the angels to enter the operation room and clear it of any previous energies. As I underwent aneasthesia, I also imagined them standing there, showering me with all their love and tenderness. I also called upon Mahavatar Babaji and asked him to work on my body for my highest good. Sometimes after the Ho’opono pono prayer, I would find myself filling up the body part to be operated upon with white light. Today many doctors and medical practitioners are coming out of the closet with real-life stories of how they have seen people being covered with colourful lights as they are about to be operated upon.
6. Masters of our body
Our first experience with the body is often in the womb of our mother. At this time, the soul gains awareness that it is “something” through pain. If this pain is associated with thoughts such as “the body is painful” or “the body is limited”, pain becomes associated with suffering. After all, suffering is nothing but our belief in a limiting thought. In this illusion of suffering, we “forget” that we are the masters of our body. If one follows a spiritual vocation where one gets the message that the body is a burden, or that the body has to be dropped for higher consciousness, one becomes the creator of a burdensome body. This is classic victimisation. We then feel victims of our body rather than masters of it. As a part of the Rebirthing-Breathwork tradition, we train ourselves to grasp the true meaning behind taking responsibility for the body as a Master and not as a slave. I have learnt to treat my body as immortal – a powerful being that is fully capable of resurrecting itself from anything. The more I master my body, the more I master my mind. This understanding is fundamental for you to prepare the body for miracles.
7. Breath – the building block
The only building block that bridges the mind, body and spirit and brings them into one single present moment is the breath. It is the body’s inbuilt healing mechanism. I learnt to bear the pain of injections by slowing down my breath consciously. In fact through grace I was present to assist the water birth of a child, and I was surprised that the midwife made the mother focus on only the breath to give birth. She forbade us to use the word “push” saying it was violent, while she made the mother focus specific ways of breathing into different areas of her body. The birth happened naturally without the need for any stitches, without any screaming. Even as I was losing and gaining consciousness, I kept going into a gentle rhythm of Breathwork. Breath is the kindest way to ground yourself within your body. It is the body’s best friend.
8. There are no accidents
Sometimes as healers and followers of alternative therapy, we can become subtly or not so subtly biased against allopathy and conventional medical practices. While it is true that we need to scrutinise these practices very stringently, it is equally true that we need to maintain a higher perspective that there are no “accidents” in the big picture of life. Consciousness loves and includes everything equally. Feeling guilt or shame or judging yourself for choosing conventional ways of healing in spite of believing in alternative therapies, is putting yourself through needless suffering. Life loves you with all your so-called imperfections and choices. To embrace these experiences and use them also as opportunities to experience greater love is real spiritual mastery that is grounded in what is.
Lastly, all of these techniques work when done from a space of love. To try these techniques out of paranoia can overexcite the mind which might actually get in the way of healing.
If you have a loved one or acquaintance about to go into a medical procedure, please share this article with them. It might make a world of a difference to them just knowing ways in which they can go through this perfectly human experience with grace.