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).