What is sacred about your body’s story?
Old people often say about their arthritis, that their bones are talking to them. But not bones alone. Every part of the body can talk. It is usually about some type of pain, like a headache, toothache or ankle sprain. How can this be sacred?
Sacred has to do with sacrament, or making something holy, elevating it with reverence. Often in a spiritual tradition.
The sacredness of our body can be experienced when we regard it as a holy teacher that can move us forward in our evolution. And yes, there can be a pain with evolution. There could also be joy.
The sacrum, the triangular bone at the base of the spine, has the same word root as sacred, because it is a singular quality in humans. It is what supports us in our uprightness. How can we magnify our uprightness? How can every aspect of our lives become sacred? I believe that happens when we use our bodies for service. That is how to create a new story from your bones, uncomplaining, and joyous.￼
Your body’s story is your history, what you make of your experience. You have a lot of power, a lot of choice in how you interpret what happens to you. Non-judgmental awareness, with an attitude of loving kindness, in the witness state, can help you create a new story.￼ This awareness can bring you to mindfulness, a new relationship with your body.￼
So then we come to the Devas of the body.￼
What are Devas? And Deva Communion Healing?
Deva is from a Sanskrit word, meaning “shining ones.” They are similar to what we call angels. In the body, they hold the pattern for every organ, every cell. You can call upon that Deva, to help your body move closer to health.￼
Devas then whisper to your tissues, “Grow into the perfection you were designed for.”
“For every blade of grass, there is an angel that whispers, “Grow, grow!”–the Talmud
Every person now alive, from every corner of the world, has ancestors that knew about these whispering angels. However, most of us have forgotten. (See On Talking With Trees to help remember.) There were different names for these angels and for the tiny beings under them: fairies, sprites, elves, nature spirits, little people, lukumi, orisha, yosei. If you are lucky, your grandmother or even parents mentioned them to you. Or you have known them as guides and companions, sources of inspiration or wisdom.
I call them Devas. All around the world, we clothe these vast angelic presences and tiny helpers in our imaginations. And we create stories about them, and about the “little people”. The little people help Devas to create what we see as Nature. Your body is also part of nature!￼
So Devas guide and direct the life of our body. Even our organs have a Deva that knows how it can function best. It whispers, “Heal, transform!”
How does this fit with science?
All parts of our body display consciousness, as if each is listening to that whisper. Even immune cells show intelligence. Every thought triggers multiple events throughout the body, especially in the brain, neurons and immune system. (The Life of a Thought in the Brain.) We add meaning to the thought. Our meaning comes from our personal history and associations. And these trigger memories that determine our brain-body’s response. So when we have thoughts of loving kindness, it can bathe every cell with benefit.
Health practitioners know that our bodies have the intelligence to heal. From a small cut, to a broken leg, our bodies know what to do. We also know that emotional wounds respond to love. Taken a step further, when we accept our feelings, we can transform them. And another step: when we send love, compassion and gratitude to areas of our body that hurt, or store painful emotions, we activate that intelligence and life force to heal. We bring peace to our life.
We then see how our stories change.
How do our stories affect our health?
Our thoughts and beliefs influence our digestion, heart rate, immune system, mood, and strength. Even more, they affect how every cell communicates. We know this from research in such fields as psychoneuroimmunology and the neuroscience of relationships. Also from the far-reaching health benefits of mindfulness meditation. And the astonishing rapport of the “gut-brain axis”.
Because we can gain power over our thoughts, we can consciously co-create our bodies and lives. Right now, most of what we have created is unconscious. But we can rewrite metaphors such as “he/ she/ it is such a pain in the neck” or, “I feel stuck.” so that they serve our healing. Sometimes we are forced to rewrite them, because our lives stop working in the old way. The new pain science—the biopsychosocial model of pain—engages the brain to change by changing the story we create. I use similar principles to help you heal.