In this episode of Healing at the Edge, RamDev explores the art of spiritual healing, which is all about resting in non-duality and connecting to wholeness.
Resting in Non-Duality
RamDev begins this dharma talk on the art of spiritual healing by exploring the relationship between healing, curing, and karma. He talks about the Tibetan Buddhist practice of Dzogchen, and the concept of resting in non-duality. RamDev shares his own struggles with physical pain, and how he is able to facilitate healing by connecting to the wholeness, to the One.
“Going into non-duality is letting go of the grasping at being a separate being. If we go beyond feeling separate, if we rest in God’s presence, if we can rest in non-duality, if there is any karmic possibility that healing will happen, that is giving it the chance to happen.” – RamDev
Alan Watts talks about dropping out from karma on Being in the Way Ep. 2
The Art of Spiritual Healing (16:42)
RamDev reads from a book called The Art of Spiritual Healing by Joel Goldsmith. He talks about how healing is not really about treating physical symptoms, it’s about treating the part of ourselves that feels separate from wholeness. RamDev explores how we can accept what is, surrender to the wholeness, and still do things like go to the doctor when we need to.
“Imagine being in a relationship with somebody who didn’t see any impurity in you. Imagine being in a relationship with yourself where you didn’t see any impurity in yourself. You still might get the flu, you still might get COVID, you still might have your neck go out… But there doesn’t need to be pulling back from wholeness. Healing is the movement into wholeness.” – RamDev
Merging Service and Wholeness (31:50)
RamDev responds to a question about how we can merge service and wholeness, shedding light on the challenge of resting in wholeness while performing service. He tells the story of Milarepa and Marpa to help illustrate the function of the guru, and talks about how suffering is not only grace, but it can be used as motivation for resting in wholeness.
“Can we begin to integrate the wholeness that you experience at times in meditation into being with another human being?” – RamDev
Spring Washam explores the nature of compassionate service on BHNN Guest Podcast Ep. 69