East & West

East & West

The East is associated with The Spirit and The Mind. The Spirit works through mind-body disciplines or practices such as yoga to bring calmness to the mind and wellness to the body. During the practice one is encouraged to “trust the breath,” the breath symbolizing the spirit. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness they were to trust Moses, symbolizing the Holy Spirit of God. But they resisted, forfeiting what comes with allowing the spirit to work at the level of the mind, which is tranquility of the mind. So many these days are possessed by the spirit of anxiety, being exhibited through what is being called "a panick attack." Amazing the number of people on anti-anxiety and anti-depression medication. Clearly, man is resisting the holy spirit, whose purpose is to bring us into the light of the source of this anxiety and depression, and the fear and anger that cause it.

Ye stiffnecked and uncirmcised in heart and ears, ye do aways resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.” Acts 7:51.

In the eastern practice of yoga one is often led to put his hands to “the third eye,” the hands symbolizing power, the third eye (inner eye) referring in part to the ajna (brow) chakra, the brow being the ridge over the eyes, associating it with higher consciousness or spiritual sight—the meaning behind the mythological Cyclops.

“Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him…” Rev. 1:7.

He being Jesus, symbolizing Truth, the clouds symbolizing thoughts. Truth comes with thoughts, spiritual truth seen by those whose third eye has brought them spiritual sight. The children of Israel (chosen to teach us about ourselves) lacked spiritual sight because they resisted the power that would have brought them into a greater awareness of themselves, which they illustrated for us by resisting Moses.

Another example of the spirit working through the mind is the eastern practice called Reiki.

"Reike is performed through a technique similar to the laying on of hands. Reiki is a spiritual healing technique proposed for the treatment of physical, emotional, spiritual or mental disease… Practitioners use a technique similar to the laying on of hands in which they claim that they act as channels for Reiki energy — which they say flows through their palms to specific parts of the body in order to facilitate healing… The name Reiki comes from the Japanese pronunciation of two Chinese characters that are said to describe the energy itself: ‘rei’ (meaning ‘soul’, ‘spirit’ or ‘ghost’) and ki (meaning ‘life force energy’ in this context). Common translations of the term reiki are “aura” and also “soul energy…” Many scientists, health care workers and others dispute the effectiveness of Reiki, because studies have shown that it does not facilitate healing beyond that expected from the placebo effect. However, other double blind studies have shown statistically significant positive results. (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

It is through another eastern practice, that of meditation (the discipline of quieting the mind) that the 7th chakra is opened.

“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.” Revelation 8:1.

The seventh seal is the seventh chakra, opened through "silence in heaven," symbolizing stillness in the mind. This connects us with our divine spiritual energy, which if not resisted has the power to heal both mind and body. The 6 chakras of the body can be opened through a series of exercises (a body discipline) or facilitated through a skilled practitioner of Reiki.

THE SPIRIT, activated or manipulated through ancient practices of the east, while evoking a mind-body response that can heal the mind and body, cannot (in and of itself) heal the heart, which is the deepest and most important aspect of the soul. That requires THE WORD, the spiritual works found in the Sacred Text of the west The Holy Bible, which have been brilliantly encoded using a symbolic code. THE SPIRIT in conjunction with THE WORD has the power to heal us on all three levels— mind, heart, and body, which is the salvation of the soul.

MOSES in conjunction with AARON led the children of Israel out of the bondage of Egypt, symbolizing the addiction of The World— spiritual and physical addiction!

SPIRIT and WORD, the healing energy attributed to CHRIST.

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2001)
Author; The Bible Decoded; The Little Book for the Soul
Website @ http://www.thebibledecoded.com