Welcome to Round 3!
This is where I and you become WE! (See this page, under the heading “Four Rounds”, for more information about how things change this round).
We clear our minds of all past notions of what we think healing is. We erase all memories and stories from our thoughts, leaving only a clean slate. We turn our attention to our Inner Divine Mind and ask, “What is healing”? We wait and listen in silence; we take our attention deeper into the vastness of Divine Mind and ask again, “What is healing?”, “What is wholeness?”, and “What is holy?” We wait and listen. Feeling stillness, we simply pause in the quiet and await the answer.
A Sufi story:
At the time of Omar Khayyam, the great Persian mathematician, philosopher, and poet, a great war raged. A great Khalifa fought with his enemy; they had been fighting for thirty years.
The Khalifa was strong. The enemy was strong. The fight seemed endless, a lifetime of bloodshed.
One day, after all this time, the opportunity arrived for the Khalifa to strike a final blow. The enemy fell from his horse! The Khalifa jumped upon him with his spear, ready to strike the final blow. In one short second, the spear would have pierced the heart of his enemy and all would be finished–the war would be over.
But in that second, the enemy did one thing: he spat in the Khalifa’s face.
The Khalifa stopped, the spear frozen in its striking-posture. The Khalifa touched his face, lowered his spear, and said, “Tomorrow, we start again”.
The enemy was puzzled and asked, “What is the matter? We have both been fighting for this moment for thirty years. I have hoped to be at your chest with my spear to finish you, but that moment never came for me; there you were, poised in that very moment I have longed for against you, and you stop? What is wrong with you?”
The Khalifa said, “This has been no ordinary war. I took a Sufi vow that I will fight without anger. For thirty years, I fought without anger. But in that moment, when you spat, I became angry. The fight became personal. I wanted to kill you. The ego came in. Up until now, that was not a problem, we were fighting for a cause. My enemy was not you, it was not personal, I was not interested in killing you. I just wanted the cause to win. But in that moment I forgot the cause. You were my enemy and I wanted to kill you. That is why I cannot kill you. So tomorrow, we start again.”
But the war never started again, because the enemy became a friend. He said, “Now teach me; I would like to fight without anger.”