YOGATHERAPY AND HEALING
Since time immemorial, in countries like India and Tibet, yogis and meditation masters have been known to have a healing aura. People sometimes travel thousands of miles to sit for a moment in this healing presence, or to receive a look or a touch. This moment is called darshan in the tradition. Here, people seek healing for physical and psychological problems or hope that obstacles in the professional or private field will be solved. Yogis who could give darshan were often revered as saints, and the inhabitants of their villages and valleys reported the miraculous healings around them. What is particularly surprising for us is that these yogis often did not speak a word. They did not necessarily give life advice, but in their presence miraculously changes the destiny of their visitors and devotees.
In Sat Nam Rasayan we realize that all people can find and use the power of this silent presence within themselves as well. On the one hand, this demystifies the process of healing, and on the other hand, the healing potential inherent in us as human beings can be experienced.
THE POWER OF INNER SILENCE
In Sat Nam Rasayan we learn to treat through the power of inner silence. No energy is transferred and there is no active intervention in the client’s processes.
Before we describe the process of a treatment further, it is first important that we have a common understanding of the term “inner silence”. Often in our courses we experience that participants think silence is something difficult to achieve or a good reserved only for intensive meditators.
Yet silence is a natural state of our mind. Silence in this case does not mean absence of thought.
So the question we ask ourselves is not “How can I achieve stillness?” but rather, “What is distracting me from my natural stillness?” We would say that the more involved I am in my thoughts and inner processes, the less stillness I can experience. When we begin to learn Sat Nam Rasayan, we first practice deconcentrating and observing our thoughts and sensations and letting them happen without engaging. The core concept here is allowing, a truly effortless return to our natural being.
BUT HOW EXACTLY DOES
THE HEALING WORK WITH SAT NAM RASAYAN?
To learn Sat Nam Rasayan, we first use the sensitive process. We learn to observe ourselves. This is quite similar to some mindfulness traditions, such as Vipassana meditation. But then we take one more step. We have all certainly had the experience of expressing our various relationships in a feeling way. We come to a certain place or meet a person, and it feels somehow. If the feeling is good, we like the place or people, if it is rather bad, we react negatively. The emphasis is on responding. Whether positive or negative, we react – and usually on the basis of our memories and imprints. That is, our reactions are usually biased. Rarely do we have an experience that is truly new.
In order to treat others, we must first discover an unbiased space of consciousness within ourselves. That is, when we experience the first impression of our client within us, we let the sensations and perceptions happen within us – at best without analyzing or diagnosing, otherwise we would revert to our memories. When we observe our relationships in this way, something very special happens. In this unprejudiced resting, a healing space opens up within us. The living master of our tradition, Guru Dev Singh, has described the process in two simple sentences, “When you have a pain or an imbalance, I too have a pain. When that pain dissolves in me, it dissolves in you.” These words describe in a very simple way the healing process in the work with Sat Nam Rasayan. The Sat Nam Rasayan healer uses this phenomenon in his experience.
First we observe ourselves and then the way we express the relationship with the client in us. When we recognize a tension or imbalance in our experience and remain still and allow these areas of tension, they begin to release in us and also in the client.
First of all, this is quite a surprising phenomenon. After all, we are just sitting and watching ourselves. No energy is sent to the client, we do not visualize. It is rather that resting in our own silent presence opens a very powerful potential within us. In any case, it may happen that after this process we open our eyes and our client tells us that his pain has disappeared or emotional blocks have been released.
At first, we cannot understand how exactly this happens. And that is also quite intentional. Because instead of accumulating new knowledge, we want to recognize in ourselves a silent, unbiased space of experience. We want to return to our intuitive being and develop the ability to respond to the situation in an unbiased way, rather than based on our imprints and concepts. This leads us to the second quote, “The quieter I am, the more you exist in my experience.”
This impartiality and freedom opens a deep, healing space in all our relationships. We begin to experience each moment fresh and new, and our counterpart feels truly seen and accepted. But once again back to the healing work with Sat Nam Rasayan. With regular practice, we can learn to treat very precisely. We can specifically relax muscles or release emotional blocks. This healing art is immensely versatile to use. We offer support with life problems, but also in the professional field. We treat chronic and acute diseases. And that always only in silent meditation.
When we discover this power of silence within us, every moment becomes an infinite possibility. We discover the capacity to heal ourselves and others and transform our lives as well as theirs. It is particularly impressive that this stillness and this serenity very quickly find a way into our everyday lives and into our various professional as well as private relationship fields, where they unfold their healing power.
FOR WHOM IS SAT NAM RASAYAN SUITABLE?
DO YOU NEED PRIOR KNOWLEDGE?
To learn Sat Nam Rasayan, one does not need any previous knowledge. The less we know, the more open we can be to the experience. It’s also always a great exercise for advanced students to put aside what they’ve learned and open themselves to the experience with an open mind. Basically, our participants find the training for very different motivations. Many participants are yoga teachers or work in therapeutic professions. For me personally, the first priority was the desire to learn to meditate, because Sat Nam Rasayan is a very precise and effective art. Others are more likely to seek healing and personal transformation. In our trainings there is room for everyone, and the lessons are always spontaneous according to the respective needs of our participants. This spontaneity is what makes each day and each treatment with Sat Nam Rasayan so special.
Text: Sven Butz
Images: Carmen Smida, Alejandra Yañez
Gong: Siri Gopal Kaur