“I had my first spiritual experience where I was meditating and suddenly I knew something would happen. The room was dark where I was meditating. Suddenly something went up my spine, I received a pain in my chest and went out through the head. And my eyes were closed, the room was dark. I saw the whole universe. It was a fantastic experience. That was my first experience and after that whenever I meditated I saw so many saints and sages including Christ and Mother Mary and all the great saints of India. I realized in one of my practices that – I probably I had the out of body experience. I was neither male nor female I was just pure energy. I was frightened and I opened my eyes and said “what is this?” Then another fantastic experience I had is when probably I achieved partially soul realization. During meditation. my eyes were closed, my consciousness was with every single atom in the room. My consciousness and the consciousness of all atoms in the room are the same. So then I realized my teacher’s teaching that you’re not the body, you’re not the emotion you’re not the thought, you are a soul you’re pure spirit.”
I met Prakash Balgopal in Dubai, UAE where he is a Pranic healer and from where he has spread Pranic Healing throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. “Pranic Healing is an energy “no-touch” healing system based on the fundamental principle that the body has the innate ability to heal itself. Pranic Healing utilizes “life force,” “energy,” or prana to accelerate the body’s inborn ability to heal itself. It is practiced by hundreds of thousands across the world.” (Source: Pranic Healing Institute). What struck me about Prakash was how deeply grounded and calm he was. He offered to channel his dead teacher, Grand Master Choa Kok Sui, so that I could interview him not Prakash (!!!). I regret not taking him up on that offer. I was much earlier in my own journey of belief of the ability to communicate with other realms.
What I learned from Prakash is a strong reminder that we are not our bodies…we are pure energy. Not our thoughts. Not our emotions. Not even male or female. It is so easy for me to judge and classify other people when I see them as their body. I find this quote from Henri Nouwen to so beautifully capture this idea:
The world says: “Yes, I love you if you are good-looking, intelligent, and wealthy. I love you if you have a good education, a good job, and good connections. I love you if you produce much, sell much, and buy much.” There are endless “ifs” hidden in the world’s love. These “ifs” enslave me, since it is impossible to respond adequately to all of them. The world’s love is and always will be conditional. As long as I keep looking for my true self in the world of conditional love, I will remain “hooked” to the world-trying, failing,and trying again. It is a world that fosters addictions because what it offers cannot satisfy the deepest craving of my heart.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
What an important reminder to me that I must prevent my natural inclination to put these same expectations on others by categorizing and judging. When I do, I am fueling a world of conditional love. When I see others as pure spirit, I am an ally of God, the Universal Connectedness.