Healing With the Space Between

Healing should be as constant as breathing, not an isolated process for fending off illness. Healing should mean constant communication with the field. The most important step is becoming aware of the sensations in your body. The other thing you can do is begin to become aware of the field that invisibly unifies everything.

How is that done? Ordinarily you focus on things, people, and events – all kinds of outward stimuli. Instead, try looking at the spaces between things. If you’re looking at another person, shift your attention to the space between the two of you.

The field exists where we think there is nothing – in the space between thoughts, the space between objects, the space between breaths, the space between movements. It’s all the same space, but what we call nothing is lack of awareness. If you are aware, space is full, rich, dynamic. It’s the field of pure potential, the unknown region from which the next moment and everything in it will emerge.

Space is always still. So when you bring your attention to space, you still the mind. At the same time your body can begin to release the stored-up frustration, tension, and residues of past stress. In this state of deep relaxation, healing becomes most active. Your body needs to release the energy that is stuck to outworn emotions, memories, and traumas. We keep the body from relaxing by constantly putting excessive demands, both conscious and unconscious, upon it.

When your body is in a natural state, you are experiencing happiness. When you’re happy at this effortless level, you regain the memory of who you really are. Your consciousness is fulfilled, because in every cell there is a state of knowingness, joy, and the certainty of immortality. In this state of being, your body heals itself simply by knowing itself. What does it know? That the greatest attributes of the divine – omniscence, omnipotence, and omnipresence – are actually the most basic stuff of life.

Adapted from The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2009).

32 comments

Brenda Towers
Brenda Towers4 years ago

Sometimes we need to step aside from our daily round and gently readjust our prioriries.

Emma S.
Emma S.4 years ago

I'm with Ellinor - it is hard to understand. I like the idea of a lot of these articles, but find it somehow hard to grasp practical ideas to come away with and implement. I do like the idea of the spaces between, though.

Jewels S.
Jewels S.5 years ago

I just got sick and was reminded of this. I thought I was balanced but was not. Getting away from the ordinary helps me remember the stuff in the middle. Namaste.

charmaine c.
Charmaine C.5 years ago

"When you’re happy at this effortless level, you regain the memory of who you really are." What a good way of putting that. Thank you.

Kerry Stuparitz
Kerry G.5 years ago

thank you for this!

Ellinor S.
Ellinor S.5 years ago

Hard to understand.

Liz Thompson
Elisabeth T.5 years ago

Enjoyed reading this, thanks so much..

Kathy K.
Kathy K.5 years ago

Interesting. I'm going to try this.

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

John M.
John M.5 years ago

Bingo! This is my problem and energy drain. Deepak : "We keep the body from relaxing by constantly putting excessive demands, both conscious and unconscious, upon it." thanks for enlightenment.