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Road Map To Health – Part Three

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Emerging out of the muck

I found these words written by a Chinese poet, Zhou DunYi, that somehow touches deep within me, words that speak to hope and even a promise when I find myself in darkness, wandering around seemingly lost in the muck of the swamplands.

“I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained”

Over the years while living in Asia, I have been captivated by the lotus and have taken so many photos of the flower that it begs the question of why do I continue to take these photos, such as the one here which I took in February in Thailand. Of course the answer is simple – the beauty and purity of this flower emerging from dark and dank waters is symbolic for me of my own journey of healing.

When I listened to Guy Corneau talk about his journey of healing, physical and psychological healing, at the end of March, the image of the lotus somehow came to my mind. In the last part of the workshop, when Guy talked about the conversation with the cells of the body (mp3 part 1 – 3 minutes), I saw the image of the roots of the lotus reaching into the darkness and finding within that darkness, motes of light that were then carried above the water and transformed into the blossom which held golden light at the centre. Today, I want to try and take you on the journey that Guy took us on in his last meditation/visualisation – the “Dialogue with Cells (mp3 part 2 – 20 minutes).”

  • Relax opening your body and mind and feel your breath and enter into a meditative state
  • Go within and find your heart and feel the presence of the light and energy
  • From your heart, go visit a place within you that is in pain, some place that feels rigid, a part of you that is suffering
  • Listen to the pain, the suffering without thinking or trying to fix it, just listen, be open to what your body is telling you
  • Acknowledge, confirm what you hear from these cells which have been waiting for you to listen
  • Set these cells free, thanking them for their work which is done
  • Reach into the bones and draw out stem cells and take these cells to the site in need of healing
  • Imagine the stem cells interacting with the diseased site, the injured site and out of that interaction emerges a “warming light” that bathes the site
  • Feel that light and radiance spread throughout the body creating an aura of light bathing the body
  • imagine yourself in perfect health
  • ask the question – what will I do with this health?

Guy talked about going through this meditation/visualisation exercise twice a day as part of his healing process. It is important to realise that this exercise didn’t replace the other efforts for healing. Guy was adamant that all understand that his process was one of integrative medicine. He insisted that one trust the doctors and engage the doctors in dialogue about adding in traditional methods, acupuncture, meditation, diet, etc. Guy talked to us about working with the doctors and taking responsibility for the process rather than seeing oneself as a victim and leaving all the work and responsibility in the hands of the doctors.  Together with the doctors, one creates the conditions which allow the body to heal itself.

I know that this sounds somewhat simplistic and easily ridiculed by some, and can easily be taken as a “sure cure” approach by others. However, one needs to be aware that in truth, if it is time for the angel of death to visit and draw another soul home, the best we can do is to prepare ourselves as best we can to make that final earthly journey with some dignity knowing that we are not victims, but heroes on our journey, even the final stage of our journey when it is most needed.

To my friend, Walt Pascoe and to any others who are fighting cancer or other serious conditions of physical and/or mental health – be courageous and dare to do more while yet being humble in the face of something larger than ourselves. As is said in Arabic – Insha’Allah.

Note: The two mp3 files noted above are in French.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

April 7, 2012 at 10:19 am

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  1. Dear Robert,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences from your Heart – and the beautiful Lotus with its symbols with us.

    I think that the true meaning of Sharing were understood by the Poet, James Russell Lowell (February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) – and written down in his Poet :

    I hope that you don’t mind that I pasted some parts of the Poem here – to show, that in your sharing, there is more than just a word.

    After his livelong quest in search of the Holy Grail, Sir Launfal returned.

    Part Second :
    Sir Launfal turned from his own hard gate,
    For another heir in his earldom sate;
    An old, bent man, worn out and frail,
    He came back from seeking the Holy Grail;
    Little he recked of his earldom’s loss,
    No more on his surcoat was blazoned the cross,
    But deep in his soul the sign he wore,
    The badge of the suffering and the poor.

    Meeting the leper again, who begged him for an alms – Sir Launfal remembered :

    Part Six :
    Then the soul of the leper stood up in his eyes
    And looked at Sir Launfal, and straightway he
    Remembered in what a haughtier guise
    He had flung an alms to leprosie,
    When he girt his young life up in gilded mail
    And set forth in search of the Holy Grail.
    The heart within him was ashes and dust;
    He parted in twain his single crust,
    He broke the ice on the streamlet’s brink,
    And gave the leper to eat and drink,
    ‘T was a mouldy crust of coarse brown bread,
    ‘T was water out of a wooden bowl,–
    Yet with fine wheaten bread was the leper fed,
    And ‘t was red wine he drank with his thirsty soul.

    Part Seven :
    As Sir Launfal mused with a downcast face,
    A light shone round about the place;
    The leper no longer crouched at his side,
    But stood before him glorified,
    Shining and tall and fair and straight
    As the pillar that stood by the Beautiful Gate,–
    Himself the Gate whereby men can
    Enter the temple of God in Man.

    Part Eight :
    His words were shed softer than leaves from the pine,
    And they fell on Sir Launfal as snows on the brine,
    That mingle their softness and quiet in one
    With the shaggy unrest they float down upon;
    And the voice that was softer than silence said,
    “Lo it is I, be not afraid!
    In many climes, without avail,
    Thou hast spent thy life for the Holy Grail;
    Behold, it is here,–this cup which thou
    Didst fill at the streamlet for me but now;
    This crust is my body broken for thee,
    This water his blood that died on the tree;
    The Holy Supper is kept, indeed,
    In whatso we share with another’s need;
    Not what we give, but what we SHARE,
    For the gift without the giver is bare;
    Who gives himself with his alms feeds three,
    Himself, his hungering neighbor, and me.”

    I wish you Easter in Harmony with the Archetype of Christ – and indeed, as Christ also taught – the true meaning of Insha’Allah.

    Opa Bear

    April 8, 2012 at 2:09 am

    • My dear Opa – what a wonderful gift for Easter. “For the gift without the giver is bare.” Here I have both gift and giver blessing me. Humbled by both giver and gift – thank you.


      April 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm

  2. Thank you for this wonderful series of posts, Robert. Thoughtful, articulate… and in my case, so timely and helpful that I’m pretty much speechless with gratitude. Warm wishes for a very happy Easter!
    All the best,

    Walt Pascoe

    April 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    • Walter, I feel honoured that you have found my posts to be of some benefit. I hope that we have many, many years of friendship that will continue to be shared in some form or other. Happy Easter.


      April 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

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