Category Archives: Spiritual Healing

The Primal Malignancy of the Mind—Not-Me-Ness

Majid Ali, M.D.

What might be the primal malignancy of the human mind? This question first took form when I first saw images in my mind of 132 school boys collapsing in blood in a Peshawar school, their bodies pierced with Taliban bullets. Then the mind drifted to about 500,000 Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs killed in the retributive genocide of the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. That triggered more questions.


What occupied the minds of “drone-democratizing” sages of Washington when they began to carve up Iraq? Or the mind of Boka Haram when it abducted, raped, and murdered hundreds of teenagers in Nigeria? Or of ISIS when it decapitates men in the desert and burns some in metallic cages? Or the framers of the U.S. constitution when they legalized unspeakable horrors of slavery? Such questions, of course, are endless. But each brings me to the question in the beginning of this article: What might be the primal malignancy of the human mind?


What history informs me about the question is the same as my reflections on current world affairs. The answer to the questions is always the same. The righteous are always are always right because of their “me-ness,” the others are always wrong because of their “not-me-ness.” It is simple. It is ennobling. It is empowering. It provides full justification for molesting, maiming, and murdering those in the not-me-ness domains.

My mind drifts some more. It wanders into earlier time in the history before the birth of healers, the predecessors of doctors today. I see a hunter falling off a cliff and tearing up his thigh. Then I see some other hunter climbing down the cliff, looking seeing the blood spilling out, looking around, in despair picking up some tree bark, and slamming it on the gaping wound. The wounded hunter lives and looks at the tree bark as the miracle. Seeing this, the hunter who picked up the bark begins to engage in a different ideation. I chose the right bark and so it must be within me to pick up the right bark. This or something akin to it must have been the beginning of me-ness.


Or, there was a drought in African savanna. The land was parched and so were its people. Children without water were wilting. Their mothers were listless. Everyone sought help from the chief of the tribe. The chief looks up to the sky, then stared at distant hills, then at the sun squinting to escape its scalding light. He looked down at the dirt, then back to the comforting distant of hills. He was a chief and must have known well the dependence of his tribe on him. How can I help these creatures? He must have murmured to himself. He must have known that he had no answer and that he couldn’t admit it. He must have had become good at pretense (how else could anyone have become a chief then? How else can anyone become a leader now?).


Later, perhaps that night, it must have happened. The sky poured and poured and poured. There must have been water everywhere. The whole tribe must have meshed around the chief for a and celebratory rain dance begins. The chief must have had the same ideation as the hunter: His me-ness and others’ not-me-ness.

This or something like this must have been the beginning of the men of spirits, then connivers and schemers, then men of power.


The Greeks were ingenious god-makers. They created gods for everything—every desire, every rage, every pursuit, every war, and every conquest—under the umbrella of their super-god, Zeus. But the god-making Greeks were not the first god-inventors. There were Indians before them. And the people of Rift Valley long before them. God-making craft was the legacy of the seers among the hunters-gatherers, the discoverers of me-ness and not-me-ness.


Then must have come those willing and able to seek greener pastures. They became preachers, pundits, and prophecy-makers.

Colonists, their paths paved by their kept missionaries, had to have followed. How could they have not seen the great virtues of me-ness and the absolute need of total subjugation of lesser beings of not-me-ness?

Should anyone be surprised that some sired by Herculese went on to clone Hannibals, Hilaku Khans, Hitlers, and Hitlerettas?


Now to our times. Europeans are not Asians. Asians are not Africans. Africans are not, well … Hindu mundars are not Jewish synagogues, which are Buddhist monasteries, which are not Christian churches, which are Muslim mosques, which are not Sikh gurdawaras.

And, above all, is there any doubt that we Americans are not exceptional? A spade must be called a spade, right?


We now celebrate not-me-ness as diversity. Why shouldn’t we? Doesn’t that entitle us to be the staunchest supporters of not-me-ness? I mean, don’t we now have the United Nations, that ultimate arbiter of not-me-ness??

Online—Off-Life Video Series of Science, Health, and Healing

Majid Ali, M.D.

This is the age of Worldwide Web. The internet is here to stay. Indeed, the Science, Health, and Healing Encyclopediaits videos, video seminars, articles, and booksdepend on the internet. Still, there are important questions to be raised. Here are some important ones:

* What does internet offer children? What does it deny them?

* What does internet provide parents? What does it take away from them?

* What does internet bring to a society? What does it take away from it?

* Is internet empowering?

* Is internet democratizing?

To explore the above questions, I offer this OnLine / Off-Life Series. Following is the list of videos of this series with their links.


1. Online Off-Life Video Series https://vimeo.com/115543444


2. Is Internet Enlightening? – https://vimeo.com/115543618


3.  Does Internet Promote Democracy? Will It Ever Do So? https://vimeo.com/115543812


4. Online Off-Life New Mom — https://vimeo.com/115543920


5. Online Off-Life Doctors https://vimeo.com/115544051


6. Online Off-Life Fathers — https://vimeo.com/115544233


7. Online Off-Life Grandfathers — https://vimeo.com/115544487


8. Online Off-Life Grandmothers https://vimeo.com/115544564


9. Am I An Online Offlife Grandfather? https://vimeo.com/115544688


Your Comments, Please!

I invite your comments. Please send them to me at aliacademy7@yahoo.com. Thank you.

 

Who Is Dr. Majid Ali?

 

Professor Majid Ali, the founder of Ali Academia, is a humanist, physician, scientist, poet, story-teller, and the solo author of The Principles and Practice of Integrative Medicine (in 12 Volumes) and 26 other books. His original research work has been published in the Journal of Medical Association, Lancet, Cancer, Archives of Pathology, and many other international journals.

The following is an outline of his journey in search of what it means to be a human, and the meanings of suffering, ethics, truth, and enlightenment:

* A surgeon-turned-pathologiost

* A pathologist-turned-immunologist

* An immunologist-turned-ecologist

* An ecologist-turned-nutritionist

* A nutritionist-turned energy practitioner

* An energy practitioner-turned-philosopher

* A philosopher-turned-humanist

* A story teller

* A Poet

 

The Age of Shrinking Brains

Majid Ali, M.D.

The planet Earth is fermenting. Its inhabitants are fermenting. That includes fermenting humans.

Cellular fermentation is cellular energetic degradation, cellular sickening, and cellular shrinking. That, of course, means shrinking of human brains, first functionally, then structurally. The evidence of this staring at us, in the unborn babies, in toddlers, in children, in adults, and in the elderly. 

 

 

Shapes of Love

 

Majid Ali, M.D.

Love arrives with many faces and in different shapes. Some faces are well masked. Some shapes morph freely.

On April 26, 2014. Earlier I some images of purple balloons floated on a Connecticut beach by seniors of a local high school. They were remembering one of their class fellows: Maren. She was slashed to death by a knife at the hands of a student who wanted her as her school prom companion.
 

I cannot plumb the grief of Maren’s family at the news of her murder. Was that horror a matter of biology or an issue of psychology? Did Maren’s mom process this information at some lofty mental level? Or was her agony profoundly organic? A dark, dark face of profound maternal bonding?

I do not have access to information about Maren’s murderer. What might have enraged one of Maren’s class fellows so as to drive him to her murder? What substances might have been flowing through his blood at that time? Was that a matter of biology or psychology?

A return to my questions in the beginning of this article: A young woman takes a look at her first newborn and experiences intense bonding. Is that a matter of biology or an issue of psychology? Does this bonding arise from months of shared biology or created by some elements of psychology? I am content letting the reader decide how does love fit into the theme of this series

Guru’s Love for the Disciples

History of “gurudoms,” has a harsh indictment for love of gurus for their disciples. It is never uncoditional love, not for too many years anyway. In the end it always degenerates into control of the followers by the guru. The most horrendous episodes of cruelty, torture, and crimes nearly always started with a man—woman rarely could match the evil of men in this field—who successfully cast themselves in the roles of gurus and saviors. Who do I allude to here? What biologic-pathologic conditions were they victims of? I leave these questions to the reader’s mind.

Practitioners’ Love for Patients Is Uneven Love

By “uneven love,” I do not mean uncoditional love. Clearly, some funds will be transfered from the patient to the practitioner, and that is the condition of that love.

Politicians’ Love for Voters

Whose love has been more dangerous in the history – gurus’ love for disciples or politician’s love for voters? Of course, the answer depends upon the readers’ choice of politicians and gurus, in the past or the present.

A Candle’s Love for Anxiety

Have you ever loved a candle? Have you ever experienced the love of a candle? How can you love a candle if you have never tried it? Have can you experience the love of a candle if you have never tried it? Please do not ask me to explain. This is one of the things that cannot be explained. It can only be done, known, and understood.

A Stone Solves the Anxiety problem

Have you ever asked a stone to solve the anxiety problem? Have you ever experienced the love of a stone? How can you love a stone if you have never tried it? Have can you experience the love of a stone if you have never tried it? What stone do I speak about? Where do you find such a stone? Next time you are in a field or a park, or simply walking anywhere, please pick up a stone, take it home, wash it if necessary, and put it where it can keep an eye at you.

 

Miracle Worker in Mirror

 

                                                                                           Majid Ali, M.D

I believe in healing miracles but only those performed by individuals upon themselves. One can find an authentic miracle worker only in one’s own mirror. To date I have not seen any evidence that any person performed a miracle on anyone else.

The subject of miracles fascinates me endlessly. The title of one of my books is Healing, Miracles, and the Bite of the Gray Dog available at aliacademy.org

Consider the following words from The New York Times of April 3, 2014: “Yet despite our strongly felt kinship and oneness with nature, all the evidence suggests that nature doesn’t care one whit about us. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions happen without the slightest consideration for human inhabitants.”

The Times’ article was written by Alan Lightman, M.I.T physicist and author of “The Accidental Universe.” His position does seem reasonable at the first glance. Then I reached the following words of Wordsworth in the article: “In the other direction, nature is constantly given human qualities. Wordsworth wrote that “nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Mother Nature has comforted us in every culture on earth. In the 20th and 21st centuries, some environmentalists claimed that the entire earth is a single ecosystem, a “superorganism” in the language of Gaia.”

In the context of healing miracles, then, who is right, Lightman or Wordsworth? My unequivocal answer: Wordsworth. I resonate with the poet’s sense of the human condition. The poet does not deny the existence of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. He speaks of the matters of “the heart that loved her.” A heart that loves Nature does not suffer from head fixation about ‘tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions’.

Spiritual Healing Course

 

                                                          Majid Ali, M.D.

One can have only one spiritual healer: the spiritual healer in one’s own mirror. One can have only one guru: the guru one grows for oneself under the guidance of one’s spiritual healer. By this course, I hope I can encourage readers to learn, understand, and know the spiritual healer in their mirrors.

I know that individuals taking this course will also learn from others in the pursuit of the spiritual way and enlightenment. This is the way it should be.

What is spirituality? I have struggled with this question for some decades. I offer my sense of what being spiritual is, how it might be pursued, and what the hopes might be in its attainment in a separate article entitled What Is Spirituality? 

Who should take this course? How should one begin and proceed? How long is the course? What time commitment is necessary? What comes after the course? For answering these questions and for streamlining the study of this course, I divide it into three parts: Part A, Part B, and Part C. A brief look at the titles of the articles included in each part gives the reader an overview of the course.

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