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Last night I watched another of the videos in the series created by Bill Moyers titled Healing and the Mind. It is a very powerful series, and dynamic. I was glued to the television set while it played. The segment that I watched yesterday was set in a retreat centre called Commonweal, in California beside the Pacific Ocean. It accommodates people diagnosed with cancer, who stay for a week while they participate in yoga classes and group therapy sessions. The object is to heal the minds of these people, while at the same time, it may not be possible to cure their bodies. Perhaps because of the finality of their disease, pretenses did not seem to exist. Within a short space of time, absolute strangers became intimately bonded as they supported each other in their pains and their joys, their experiences and their plans. Faces relaxed into very different shapes from the first few frames of the exploration well before the half way point of the video, even though tears were shed generously throughout the program.
There were perhaps at least two important points made during the course of the video that impressed me strongly. The first is the principle that healing is not necessarily going to cure the bodies of those afflicted with disease, and that a cure and a healing are not at all the same thing. People visiting Commonweal have a desire to heal their minds and souls of the many pains that we all experience as we live our lives. The importance of doing this became evident as I watched the video.
The second point was a reflective moment from one of the participants. She said she had observed a great many people who worried about their diets and the health of their bodies to an extreme degree, to the point where it became the entire focus of their lives. She felt that this was misplaced attention. She expressed the view that we need to be healthy and look after our bodies so that we can accomplish the purpose of our lives. In other words, disease or bodily discomfort are not the reason we came into the world, and we should not try to make it our entire raison d’être.
It is difficult, of course, when our bodies fail us in various areas, to go beyond these areas into another dimension, whatever it may be. But this, in the end, may be more important than worrying about what we’ve eaten recently. I am certainly not intending any downgrading of the importance of the Blood Type Diet. It has saved my life and made me much more comfortable than I was before I discovered its truths. But it is important to keep my perspective and my mind clear so that I can straddle the “middle path” touted by the Buddha 2500 years ago. At the same time, being a non-secretor, it is not a smart thing for me to disregard the basic principles of the diet, and I continue to follow it as religiously as ever. I do not stray very often from the recommendations, because I am tired of losing my energy - and therefore time - in which the purpose of my life can be pursued diligently. Knowing that my immune system is limited at best helps to keep me on track with the foods that I eat. Knowing that there are other things in my life that are at least as important as what I eat, or perhaps even more so, help me to stay balanced psychologically and emotionally.
The past few weeks have found me tapping more intensely with Gary Craig’s system for curing whatever may come my way. It has been an interesting journey, for sure. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know why it works. On the surface, standing back and looking at the system, it doesn’t make any sense that it should work. But it does. I am using it to overcome emotional situations in my life, and they are retreating. I am using it to work with slight physical problems, and they are improving. In a recent e-newsletter, someone reported being able to lower their cholesterol levels simply by tapping for a month. Since my own cholesterol levels are very high, I have started doing this as well. Time will tell if it works better than the other things I have tried. The doctor gave me a prescription for something to lower my readings, but I have not filled it, nor do I intend to do so. I wish I could trust the drug industry, but at this stage of my life, I do not. It seems very beneficial to tap on an emotional issue just before going to bed. I am sleeping much more soundly than I have in a great many years. This alone is a wonderful benefit, to be sure. For anyone who wishes to investigate the tapping, please look at www.emofree.com<br />