If you’re choosing to read this post, there must be something inside you that makes you curious when reading the headline. Perhaps you’ve asked yourself the same question? Or are you searching for spiritual healing guidance because you’re going through suffering and illness right now?
So, can Zen truly heal?
Before I’ll dive into possible answers, let me share with you something personal concerning my health.
For the last two months I’ve been ill. I experienced particularly a tremendous exhaustion and dizziness. There were days where I found myself depressed and completely drained for energies. I couldn’t work, write emails or read books, even only for a few pages. Dizziness makes it impossible for me to carry out normal activities in my life. After several blood tests, the doctor found out that I have a condition that causes symptoms such as dizziness and exhaustion etc. which I might have to live with for the rest of my life.
Now, I will not tell you more about my health condition. In the end, it doesn’t matter what I’m having and how the future will be for me, because I want us to look beyond it. I want to share with you the wisdom derived from the awakening process as I feel that it will benefit you in your healing journey as well.
During the last two months where I’ve worked intensively with healing, one day I awakened to following insight:
Throughout my life, regardless of what kind of illness and suffering I was facing, Zen was the anchor behind everything. The energies and the wisdom of Zen were my guidance star, allowing me to go through the healing process with Gentleness, Gratitude and Grace.
So how did I do it? Is there any difference in the way I use Zen for healing now than before?
In many ways, I love the word healing in Danish. It’s “helbredelse”. When looking at it closely, it’s derived from two words: “hel” and “bredelse”. “Hel” means wholeness, and the verb of “bredelse” is “at brede” which can be understood as making something larger, spreading out. The wisdom of healing lies in the word “helbredelse” in itself. It’s about being Whole, and allowing that which is wholesome within us to spread out, making the healing happen naturally.
Coming back to my own healing, I realized that I applied Zen wisdom quite systematically throughout my healing process. My Zen practice wasn’t only useful for spiritual healing but for all other aspects of healing as well. After all, it’s about allowing the energies of Zen to penetrate all levels of my Being.
So I decide to write a series of “Can Zen heal?” articles to share with you the experiences, insights and wisdom of the healing power of Zen that I’ve gained throughout the years. I hope to have you on my Zen healing journey and that you also share with me your own experiences as well.
Until next time, wherever you are, I wish you all well and may the power of Zen uplift your spirit and heal whatever sorrow and illness that you’re facing right now.