Awareness, neutrality and will of healing: the art of the Sat Nam Rasayan
Sat Nam Rasayan is a spiritual practice of the Sikh religion that dates back more than four hundred years. The translation from Sanskrit of Sat Nam Rasayan is “rejuvenate through the awareness of the divine nature of being”. With practice, you can reach a virtual space within the consciousness, which is accessible by loosing constraints, beliefs and judgments of oneself and others.
Sat Nam Rasayan is not based on a doctrinal corpus of knowledge, but on the only truth, simple and universal, that the only thing that you can really know is the present moment. By the practice of Sat Nam Rasayan, you learn to cancel the separation between the perceiver and the object of perception (learning to have the experience of perception in the object). The practice takes place in the neutral space of consciousness, by accepting and not judging everything we experience in that moment (it is neither good nor bad, just it is): body sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Once you have reached this state of consciousness, you can enter into connection with a person who has not a good state of health and the desire to heal him/her can promote healing phenomena.
In Sat Nam Rasayan there is interpenetration between the physical aspect of healing and the spiritual one of meditation. The practice tends to reduce the “Ego”, to free the true “Self”, a single point of consciousness that can be achieved with the awareness of the present moment. In this moment the therapist, that we can call healer, has the ability to transcend ordinary consciousness while becomes aware of consciousness in the event: with a simple and rapid movement of consciousness, represented by the intention, by the will of healing, the healer can promote healing.
The healer cannot cure the patient if is not capable of loving, of accepting everything as it is, without having any resistance towards the process. If we are able to accept the feelings that arise when we are in connection with another person, regardless of our personal feelings or the way in which that person is presented to us, then the relationship with that person can be love and not judgment. By practicing this kind of love, it will become an integral part of our healing abilities. In the same way you can develop intuition, awareness and compassion.
All these qualities come to life when you are capable of allowing the experience of the present moment. Love, quality of unconditional acceptance, allows transcendence, allows that consciousness is able to generate change, that the intention is able to change the event in which we identify, with our perception trained by practice. Being able to accept the tensions that you feel when you connect in this way with the patient, being able to resolve them during the healing session by accepting them, means to remove blocks, tensions and constraints that inhibit the clinical improvement. It means to bring peace and balance, to promote healing. When we are in position of Sat Nam Rasayan healer, we must remember that consciousness is the healer: not our consciousness, but consciousness itself.
The consciousness that reveals itself in us is basically the same consciousness that reveals itself in the patient we are dealing with, beyond the superficial differences and the illusion of separation. This consciousness is not different from the Universal Consciousness that exists everywhere, in everything and in all individuals. It is the healer. In Sat Nam Rasayan we connect with the patient, we accept the feelings we experience as they are, without making judgments, we recognize that, while we accept them, these feelings change, and, while they are changing, healing happens. In Sat Nam Rasayan we do not prescribe treatments, we are not healers using the subtle energies commonly understood, but we simply access to a “space” where healing takes place and we are witnesses of this fact. We only have to be aware and to keep the intention that healing happens.
In Sat Nam Rasayan our patient is the event and we can experience the event only through the feelings that the fact of dealing with him/her cause in ourselves. Each patient is unique, the feelings that we receive from him/her are unique. We cannot know them before. The only way in which we can understand the event is through the feelings aroused in us during the connection with the patient. How can we connect to the patient? A simple way is to put our hand on the patient’s arm, while he is lying on bed and relaxed and the practitioner of Sat Nam Rasayan is sitting next to the patient in meditation. This will give us the great experience of accepting the patient in our awareness: we will know the patient through us. The only work we can do is to accept the effect that the connection with the event, namely with the patient, has on us.
Every feeling that we will experience, intense or light (there are many possibilities), is equally important. By recognizing and accepting it, we make a small step toward healing. The simple act of putting a hand on the patient’s arm shows to both of us that we are in connection with each other. The connection can be obtained also in different ways, but this is the most natural position for the practitioner of Sat Nam Rasayan. During the practice our mind must be neutral, we should not focus our intention on one or another feeling. All feelings have the same importance. The practice of accepting the arousing feelings must continue throughout the session, which can last from twenty minutes to one hour.
When in the space of Sat Nam Rasayan we can accept all feelings, without focusing on any of them, any intention presenting to our consciousness influence the event that we are dealing with. The basic intention is healing, but we can introduce other intentions, such as the intention that the patient is relaxed, and this will result in the effective relaxation of the patient. Another intention will produce another effect. Introducing an intention in the space of the connection is a delicate procedure. With our inner voice, we formulate the intention in simple terms. The intention is a thought, a purpose that requires no effort or action of any kind. Introducing an intention is like blowing on a dandelion and seeing the stems that are released in the air. When the intention is placed, it must be maintained. For example, if we “launch” the intention that the first chakra is balanced, by maintaining the intention we allow the arousing of any new sensations in our consciousness; we stabilize them by accepting them without judgment, while continuing to be aware of all the other feelings at the same time.
How is it possible that you can propitiate the healing through intention, that this happens without having done any energy action, without having used a force? How is it possible that this can happen only with consciousness, that a movement of consciousness, as an intention, can create the effect? The answer, according Subagh Singh Khalsa (a student of Yogi Bhajan, the person who brought in the Western world the knowledge of this practice), who lives in Florida and with whom I had contact by email when I tried to learn the technique, lies in the nature of the particular kind of consciousness of the Sat Nam Rasayan. When we enter into the space of healing, our point of view slips away and the illusion of possessing a center around which everything rotate slips away, too: we can experience that no barrier exists between oneself and the other, namely the experience of non-duality. When we can do it, our impressions on sensations become the direct knowledge of sensations.
The consequence of this is fundamental: without a point of view there is no separation between the event and the awareness of the event. Our consciousness and the consciousness of the event come together. One affects the other. Without a point of view there is no reason why you cannot change the consciousness of the event in the same simple way in which we can change, willing it, our own consciousness. For this reason in Sat Nam Rasayan the intention of healing produces an effect on the event: it is the abandonment of our point of view that allows it. This involves the elimination of the distinction between healer and patient: entering the consciousness of experience, in connection with the event, creates the space in which consciousness can change the existence.