THE SONG WELL SUNG
By Diane Botticelli, P.A. DSS
I often revisit in my mind the story of the Whale Rider, a recent movie about
the canoe-building native tribe from New Zealand. I remember best the young
girl’s purity of heart as she sang ancient songs at the water’s edge that only
the whales had the wit to comprehend. I know the power of a song sung earnestly.
At 21 years old, I found myself standing on the Maine shoreline during one stormy sunset crying out into the deafening wind a lament for my lover who was jailed in Nepal. The lament was a prayer for his release no matter the guilt. It was a cry for pure mercy. Impossible as it seemed at the time, five months later my wish was granted.
One of the most vital considerations in the fields of both science and spirituality is the degree to which we may influence outcomes through the power of our conscious intentions. Prayer, affirmations and visualizations are three of the primary methods we use to bring our spiritual heart, mind, emotions and imagination together into a potent force that can precipitate greater good in our lives.
But what happens when we fall out of harmony with ourselves such that competing
intentions from unresolved issues compromise our ability to manifest what we
consciously desire? As we see in many tribal communities, whole societies can be
disrupted when the loss of a deeper connection to Nature — and the distraction
of our consumer society — disturbs the balance of forces within our own nature.
Recently, I had the privilege of working with the Quinault tribe in the Pacific Northwest as a Physician Assistant in their medical clinic. I was touched by the honesty and generosity demonstrated, even by those whose eyes were glazed over with depression, alcohol or crystal meth consumption.
It was remarkable to see how quickly these people whose spirits seemed broken would come alive in response to such simple questions as, ”What do you love to do? What makes you happy? Are you an artist at heart? What stops you from doing your art?”
One young man of 16 touched me with his candor. He came to me for the physical exam he was required to have before entering rehab. He revealed that he had been using drugs since he was 11 years old. But now that he is a father he is serious about getting clean. This would be his second try.
I asked what had happened the first time. How did he know it would be different this time? The young man explained when he returned home from rehab before, his older brother was there and wasn’t clean. He let himself be influenced. This time his brother would complete rehab before he did.
The young man looked deeply into my eyes and said with conviction, “Then we will
help each other.” It was a moment of pure intention — what I call a soul-to-soul
The Spirit of Generosity
Another man I treated was a salmon fisherman and temporarily a prisoner incarcerated for a minor crime. At the end of our time together he, too, looked directly into my eyes and said, “The next time you are here, I will give you a salmon fish to take home.” I was deeply moved by his generosity. How little it took for him to offer what was so precious to his livelihood.
The highlight of my week among the Quinault occurred during a celebration for the tribal president who was leaving her position after many years. Her heartfelt speech was an homage to her family. She mentioned every relative by name, apportioning her success to the many who had influenced and supported her.
The culmination of the celebration occurred spontaneously when a police officer from a Canadian tribe asked to sing a song in honor of the tribal president. He had only known her for a year. He was welcomed to the microphone.
The penetrating resonance of his voice carried the ancient tribal songs directly into our souls. Time stood still. There was no movement in the room as he sang.
Through my tears I saw face after face reflecting a deep inner peace for which
there are no words. As he finished I noticed that I felt cleansed, renewed and
more a part of this sacred community. This was the feeling I wanted to take back
with me from my week among these beautiful people.
Bringing the Song to Life
I returned to Southern California with renewed intention to create greater harmony in the community of characters within my own being. I felt the need to reclaim those aspects of my personality that I still sometimes judge as bad, wrong, embarrassing or despicable. These are the parts that become loud and active when I am feeling tired, stressed and vulnerable.
As a practitioner of integrative medicine, three of the fastest, most effective methods that I’ve found for rapidly rehabilitating my inner outcasts are Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), high-quality nutrition, and self-forgiveness. When I nourish my body and take time to address those parts of myself that are disturbing my peace, I gain a greater sense of self-mastery. And when I forgive myself for the judgments I have placed against these wayward aspects, I come back into resonance with my deeper purpose.
Whether working with clients or myself, I have found no matter how alienated we
may feel from the parts of ourselves that operate at cross-purposes with our
conscious intentions — they, too, are seeking to serve the greater good. They
have simply gotten stuck in reaction-mode due to our early conditioning and
nonacceptance of them. It is because they are misguided — not malevolent — that
they pave the road to hell with their good intentions.
The Harmony of Wholeness
Through such techniques as hypnosis, guided imagery and self-forgiveness we may find our way back to the moments when aspects of our personalities first broke off from our true Self. Frozen in time and operating with faulty programming, they will continue to get in our way until we take the time to discover their deeper intentions and help them to find more effective ways to achieve these goals.
I am convinced that miracles of healing occurring on all levels begin with moments of recognition and communion within and between ourselves and each other. Such moments help us deepen our trust and align our conscious and unconscious intentions so the healing spirit may move freely through us.
This spirit, of course, is Love — the greatest healer of all. And as we learn to love even the ‘least among us,’ we enter into the harmony of wholeness that is our original soul nature.
Diane Botticelli is trained as a Physician Assistant, certified in Mind-Body medicine and a Master Practitioner in Neurolinguistic Programming. She holds a Masters in Spiritual Psychology and a Doctorate in Spiritual Science. Her private practice, the ‘Art of Wellness’ is located at the Naturally Evolving Wellness Medical Center in West Los Angeles.
For more information, a complementary face-to-face meeting or to schedule
appointments, call (310) 913-3305.
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