A Healing Experience: A Man and the Sun
Seated one day at the organ,
I was weary and ill at ease,
And my fingers wandered idly
Over the noisy keys.
I know not what I was playing
Or what I was dreaming then,
But I struck one chord of music
Like the sound of a great Amen.
--Arthur Sullivan & Adelaide Ann Proctor
Seated one day by the window, I was “weary and ill at ease,” as I contemplated the frozen ground covered with snow. It was a murky day, with the sunlight painfully missing. In this desultory state I contemplated the absent image of the sun.
From my boyhood I knew the sun was ninety-three million miles away, and that it took its rays eight minutes to reach the earth. I also knew it furnished the energy to support life. But there is more to the story. Gazing at the stark wintery landscape outside, I reviewed what I knew about this nearest star. I have learned its awesome heat results from atomic fusion, and that it has fuel sufficient to last billions more years. What we see as light is derived from just a miniscule fraction of the energy constantly bombarding the earth. The sun’s radiant energy contains an enourmous range of frequencies, from mere thousands to trillions of cycles per second. This radiation includes ultraviolet and infra-red light, X-rays, and gamma rays.
Basically the sun’s electromagnetic radiation is invisible. The narrow band of frequencies that we “see” as the color spectrum is an illusion, produced by our brain. It turns out the world we see around us, including color, is a creation of our own making.
With these thoughts ruminating in my head, I was suddenly bathed in a burst of sunlight that brought a welcome warmth to my body.
It was as if I had struck that “Lost Chord.”
I seem to have been in tune at that moment with a cosmic event which served to lift my spirit. The incident also reminded me that the mundane and the psychic level of the unconscious are related. This applies to collective as well as to individual thinking.
Take the field of medicine, for example, In modern medical practice, the emphasis is on examining the symptoms and making a diagnosis. Causal thinking seeks to find an appropriate cure. With yoga, on the other hand, a wholistic approach treats both body and soul, bringing the two into harmony.