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What Is Spirituality?

 

Majid Ali, M.D.

 

The longer I work with my patients, the more aware I become of the fundamentality of the spiritual in health and disease. Here is just one observation concerning the phenomena I refer to: An open heart does not close its arteries, and a closed heart cannot keep its arteries open. I anticipate snickering from some cardiologist who might read this. But I write only what my truest teachers (my patients) teach me.

How does one define the spiritual? In my book The Canary and Chronic Fatigue (1994) I could not resist walking that definitional tightrope with the following words:

The spiritual to the early Man was unknowable. The spiritual is being outside the capacity of our bodily senses and the reach of the mind. Spirituality lies outside the needs of the body or the demands of the mind. Good teachers of spirituality may take us to the limits of our bodily and mental experiences—to the gates of spirituality—but they cannot lead us into it. No one can show anyone else what is the spiritual, no one can make anyone else spiritual. This is what the early Man must have known—through some spiritual journey—when he conceived the mind-body-spirit dimensions.

In 2003, in Integrative Cardiology, the fourth volume of The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine, I made a second feeble attempt to put my notion of the spiritual in words as quoted below:

“My working definition of the spiritual, which I have used for several years, is this: It is a state of surrender to the larger unknowable Presence that one recognizes only by the way one changes through the light and love of that Presence.”

One Can Know Only As Much Divinity As Exists Within One’s Self

One sees that vividly only when in throes of pain and suffering. We physicians, by and large, insist on the ‘hard’ evidence of blinded studies. We are uncomfortable with notions of healing with spirituality and one’s own divinity. I once read somewhere that it is better to keep quiet and be considered a fool than to speak out and prove that. That has never kept me from speaking out about my personal quarrel with the mysteries of healing. I seldom have had difficulty seeing the fool in me. But the fools do have wonderful insights sometimes. So I persist.

 

A Prayer

Lord,

Today may I be in your Presence for a few moments.

Today I demand nothing.

Today I Protest Nothing.

Today may I simply be in your Presence for a few moments.

        Taken from my book The Canary and Chronic Fatigue (1994)

 

Ambulance Lessons Not Learned Who Promotes Ambulance Trips? – Who Prevent Them? Who Promotes Them?

 

                                    Majid Ali, M.D.

Who can prevent ambulance trips? Who can prevent them? In my case the answer to both questions is the same: Me.

To focus on the week before an ambulance trip awakens one’s “Healer-in-the Mirror.” To focus on the week after an ambulance trip further enriches our disease maintenance system (the “System”). To focus on the week before an ambulance trip awakens one’s “Healer-in-the Mirror.” People who were rushed to a hospital in an ambulance for imagined or real heart attacks, strokes, or organ perforations need to know the real meanings of these statements. In reality they seldom do so.

Every time someone consults me after suffering a heart attack or stroke, I am interested in events during the week before he was rushed to a hospital in an ambulance. Without exception, the patient is even more interested in relating in great detail all the events that occurred during the week after the ambulance ride. I focus on events before the ambulance ride because that is where I can serve the patient best to prevent the need for similar rides in the future. Why is the patient obsessed with events before the ride?

It is only natural for the individual in a screaming ambulance to recycle endlessly the events of their frightened, sometimes tormented, rides in their mind. They thrive on relating those events to anyone willing or able to listen. But such renderings do nothing to set free their constricted blood vessels and nourish their oxygen-starved cells. Rather the trips recycled their images and incarcerated their body organs under duress deeper into fear and helplessness. Many such trips increase the probability of repeat ambulance trips. Every ambulance trip adds to the System’s riches and impoverishes the rider. Each trip adds to the cumulative shift of power in favor of the System. The System, of course, knows this well.

What Does Tycho’s Story Say About Ambulance Trips?

Tycho has much to say on the subject of ambulance trips and shifts in power balance. Who is Tycho? I anticipate the question. Please Google the following three words: Tycho, Ali, and Breathing. You will like Tycho and his message.

What More Do I Have to Say About Ambulance Trips?

Humans are energy beings. Every cell in every body organ is an energy being. Cellular health is a matter of how cells generate clean energy and how they use that energy efficiently and to good purpose. So begins the language of what I call healing literacy. This is the language people need to learn concerning the week before ambulance trips.

The System does not profit from healing literacy. It profits from—and therefore is utterly committed to—other types of literacies, especially from disease-literacy, drug-literacy, device-literacy, and procedure-literacy. Ambulance trips and weeks following them fan the fear and frustrations of weeks and months following such trips. Some years ago, I introduced the terms healing-literacy, disease-literacy, drug-literacy, device-literacy, and procedure-literacy to draw attention to this crucial issue in all considerations of health and healing.

Who Promotes Ambulance Trips? Who Can Prevent Them?

I ask the reader to reflect on the questions and then see if their answers are different from my answers given above. Who can prevent repeat ambulance trips? Of course, it is you. Who else? Where do you begin? With your mirror. How do you proceed? Read below.

How Does One Find the Healer-in-the-Mirror?

The first step, of course, is to find the courage to look into the mirror. The second step is become healing-literate. This cannot be done with disease-literacy, nor with drug-literacy, nor with device-literacy. I have devoted more than four decades to a serious study of the subject of literacy in healing traditions. For individuals interested in healing literacy to avoid or minimize ambulance trips, I suggest beginning with a study of the following three free courses on http://www.drali1.org.

1. Spiritual Healing Course
2. Fermentation Course
3. Oxygen Course

Who Can Prevent Repeat Ambulance Trips?

I return to the question in the subtitle of this article. Who can prevent repeat ambulance trips? Of course, it is you. Who else? Where do you begin? With your mirror. How do you proceed? Take my free Spiritual Healing Course at http://www.drali1.org.

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