The first step towards self-healing of either emotional imbalances or physical ailments is to slow down, so that we get a chance to perceive what is really happening in our lives. We can then better observe and understand our inner state of being, for it is mirrored in our outer situation in life. Once we understand this, we can take responsibility and change whatever that is bothering us.
Illness often results when we are too busy or overwrought to pay attention to signals that point to where our true priorities lie. The causal factors of a common cold are a case in point. The two main reasons for 'catching' a cold, for instance, could be that you are carrying a lot of grief or anger and have suppressed your need to cry or that you have submitted your body to too much stress — to a deluge of toxins such as air pollutants, alcohol, drugs (including unnecessary over-the-counter and prescription drugs) and too much or unhealthy food.
These together with excess stress and lack of rest can exhaust the immune system; it now needs to purge itself.
Go Slow Now
When you slow down, it becomes possible to be in touch with your feelings again, the very ones you were ignoring in the first place. The neurotically busy pace of your lifestyle can make you lose touch with your genuine feelings. When you can barely keep your head out of water, it is easy to not notice what is really going on. When you are speeding along like a rat on a skateboard, there is no time to reflect and feel.
When you slow down, you also begin to get the first inkling of peace — the silent power with you all the time. In ordinary circumstances, we simply do not notice this — neither our innate peace or our own power, because we are never fully present or living life in the 'now'. If you are always engaged in mind games, worrying or planning, you are bound to suffer. In such a state of mind, you overlook your existing
reality — the eternal moment, the now, the inner joy.
Peace, balance, harmony and health only exist in your awareness of the present moment. Therefore, to notice these qualities, your attention must be focused on the present moment, enabling you to directly experience these emotions. However, you can only perceive the present moment if your mind is in slow motion and is able to imbibe everything consciously, rather than in the hypnotised fast track of future projections, which ultimately is a product concocted from memory. On analysis, you will see that all the great plans you have made for the future are without exception, based on what you have known in your past. 'Futurising' always comes from memory.
This is not to say that you should not make plans for the future. By all means, plan and experience your life as it is only then that the body will take action to fulfill your plan. The secret to happiness is to participate fully in life, but to be also aware of all that is happening because of your own actions.
Play of Life
Sometimes, you might feel that your body and mind play out their roles automatically like actors in a well rehearsed play. This helps you to explore who you actually are — and invites you to look into your own Consciousness. Quantum physics has demonstrated that the body or mind has no real substance, but is like a dream within your Consciousness with a past, present and future.
Time (past, present and future) and space (as a container of things), however, are real because of the five senses of the body. Everything seems to occur one after the other in a linear fashion. In truth, reality is more like the dream states you experience at night which appear out of nowhere. While you totally identify with the dream, you naturally assume that each character has a past history until that moment in the dream. You even know how they will most likely end up.
The dream seems real but disappears when you wake up — similar to the process of living in the now.