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Healing With the Space Between

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).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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3:42AM PST on Feb 17, 2012

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

10:40AM PST on Nov 18, 2011

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.

6:59PM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

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.

1:50AM PDT on Aug 10, 2010

"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.

8:51PM PDT on Aug 1, 2010

thank you for this!

7:08AM PDT on Jul 20, 2010

Hard to understand.

8:47AM PDT on Jul 18, 2010

Enjoyed reading this, thanks so much..

1:51PM PDT on Jul 15, 2010

Interesting. I'm going to try this.

5:52AM PDT on Jul 14, 2010

Thanks for the article.

4:54PM PDT on Jul 13, 2010

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.

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