A language is a way of understanding the world. English, for example, enshrines time in its sentences: subjects may be implied at times, but verbs are essential, and verbs have tense—when the action or state of being happened in time (or will happen or are happening). That’s part of why Einstein’s ideas about space and time as dimensional elements to each other, and time being relative to mass and velocity, are so hard for us to envision—our language itself doesn’t recognize the possibility.
The Hopi language, on the other hand, has no concept of time at all, using instead for its sentences the idea of intensity. A planned house, an existing house, and a house that used to be would be, for example, intensely house, less intensely house, very intensely house, and so forth. That’s why the idea of life as a woven tapestry, with things seen and unseen coming into existence and leaving again, makes so much sense in Native American philosophy.
Language is not limited to words. And good thing too. We process visual information multiple times faster than we take in written or spoken language, even following multiple “conversations” at once, sometimes in a glance. It’s why pictures are powerful. It’s why art so exceeds mere pretty pictures and technical craft. And speed is not the only advantage—just as in Hopi vs. English, we can say things in art that would be difficult in words.
Music is a language. People even say how expressive they find music, even though, as Aaron Copland noted, when asked what it expresses, they’re unable to tell. But just as fluent speakers of French learn to “think” in French, rather than translate to their native language, so too musicians “think” in musical phrases, even entire pieces, trading nuances across the stage, shaped by audience and time and place, reflecting the message at the time. And as a musician, I found this profoundly relaxing. The chatter in my head would shut down, replaced by the peace—even (sometimes especially) as the complex tapestry of the music at hand replaced the normal web of thought. It’s a way to understand the world, a way without conscious thought and words.
Healing, too, is a language, a way of understanding the world, and like music, it’s a way of understanding the world without the mental chatter of words. How can we understand spiritual vibration when it’s beyond the vibration of the mind? Just as we’re not going to see X-rays or gamma rays with a standard telescope, the mental constructs of verbal language aren’t capable of understanding, either in scope or in being quick enough to perceive the picture. But just as a musician “hears” the entire piece of music, even as that player is only in a given moment of it in the present, so too we can perceive and understand what we cannot mentally grasp.
We are grids of energy flowing from the Divine. Each creation, concept, construct, anything in existence and anything not yet or not still in existence has a direct line to Divine energy. This is the “Connection” part of the Four Pillars of results in Kwan Yin Healing. In healing sessions, and especially in Energy Alignment or Reconnection, these lines are cleared and re-affirmed (Clarity and Coherence are the next two pillars; the fourth is Change), letting Intuition and Inspiration flow freely, without the distortions the mind can bring. We understand directly, even as we often have trouble expressing just what is happening.
A friend pointed this out to me a few years back. These healing frequencies were new to me, and what I was experiencing, personally and in working with others, seriously challenged my conception of myself and my world view. I didn’t know what to make of it, and finally asked my level-headed friend here in my rural area, after six months of confusion. He’s not at all “into” anything “new-age-y” or alternative healing, so I was nervous bringing it up. He brought his usual wisdom and sense to the meeting. After listening carefully and attentively to all my experience, thoughts, worries and wondering, he said, “Tim, if you’ve discovered a way to experience the world directly in a different way, I think you should pursue it and be grateful.”
Scientists note that our conscious minds are only 5% of our brain function – most of what we think of as “us” is a minor part of our amazing capacity for perception and understanding. We also know from studies that our hearts react prior to mental activity, sending a signal to the brain. Healing studies similarly report that the practitioner’s heart wave is mirrored in the client’s brain wave. I’ve long noted that when working with someone, even someone I don’t know at all, I feel deep love and appreciation for each person, witnessing them as the Divine expressions they are. It’s humbling, in a wonderful way.
And it’s why healing and life path intersect in this work. We re-find our connection, and we re-perceive the world as it truly is, rather than what our minds have constructed instead. And with our new attachment to reality, we make and experience better choices and opportunities. We grow and we heal.
And it’s why most people afterward talk mostly not about their healing or their new lives, good though both be, but rather about the peace and happiness they’ve found.
Truly, better health and happiness are possible now, in replicable ways yielding demonstrable results. That’s a different understanding. But that’s what the language of healing teaches us.
Kwan Yin Healing