East and West

The East is associated with the Spirit and the Mind. The Spirit works through mind-body disciplines or practices such as yoga to bring calmness to the mind, and wellness to the body. During the practice, one is encouraged to “trust the breath,” the breath symbolizing the spirit. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness they were to trust Moses, symbolizing the Spirit of God. But they resisted, forfeiting what comes with the spirit working through the mind, which is tranquility.  In stark contrast is the anxiety that is possessing the minds of so many these days, the cause of panic attacks.  So many on anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications. Clearly, man is resisting the holy spirit, whose purpose is to bring us into the light of the source of this anxiety and depression, and the fear and anger that cause them.  “Ye stiffnecked and uncirmcised in heart and ears, ye do aways resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” Acts 7:51.

thIn the eastern practice of yoga one is often led to put his hands to “the third eye,” the third eye (inner eye) referring in part to the ajna (brow) chakra, the brow being the ridge over the eyes, associating it with higher consciousness or spiritual sight—the meaning behind the mythological Cyclops.  “Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him…” Rev. 1:7.  He being Jesus, symbolizing truth, the clouds symbolizing thoughts, the clouds of heaven symbolizing the thoughts of the mind.  Truth comes with thoughts, spiritual truth seen by those whose third eye has brought them spiritual sight, which the children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people lacked because they resisted the power that would have brought them into an understanding of themselves.  Another example of the spirit working at a mind-level is the eastern practice of Reiki:

“Reike is performed through a technique similar to the laying on of hands… a spiritual healing technique proposed for the treatment of physical, emotional, spiritual or mental disease… The name Reiki comes from the Japanese pronunciation of two Chinese characters that are said to describe the energy itself: ‘rei’ (meaning ‘soul’, ‘spirit’ or ‘ghost’) and ki (meaning ‘life force energy’ in this context). Common translations of the term reiki are “aura” and also “soul energy… Many scientists, health care workers and others dispute the effectiveness of Reiki, because studies have shown that it does not facilitate healing beyond that expected from the placebo effect. However, other double blind studies have shown statistically significant positive results.”—Wikipedia

It’s when we combine the ancient practices of the east with the ancient instruction found in the Sacred Text of the west— the Holy Bible, whether knowingly or unknowingly, that we activate the ultimate healing power called christ.  Through the eastern practice of meditation the 7th chakra is opened.  “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” Revelation 8:1.  The seventh seal is the seventh chakra. There is “silence in heaven” when the seventh seal is opened because silence in heaven opens the seventh seal, heaven symbolizing the mind. This connects us with our divine or holy spiritual energy, which if not resisted has the power to heal us. The 6 chakras of the body can be opened through a series of exercises or facilitated through a skilled practitioner of Reiki. The SPIRIT, activated or manipulated through ancient practices of the EAST, while evoking a response that can heal mind and body, cannot, by itself, heal the sub-conscious mind, which is the heart— the deepest and most important aspect of the soul. That requires the WORD, referring to the spiritual works found in the Sacred Text of the WEST.  The SPIRIT, in conjunction with the WORD, has the power to heal us on all three levels— mind, heart, and body, which is the healing or salvation of the soul.  MOSES, in conjunction with AARON, led the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, symbolizing the addiction of The World— physical bondage or addiction, which is of the mind and body, and spiritual bondage or addiction, which is of the heart. SPIRIT and WORD, the healing power attributed to CHRIST.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2001

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