Sometimes life catches you by surprise and you see/glimpse into someone’s mind an aspect of truth that you didn’t expect to see at that moment. Not only does this remind you to remain open to the endless possibilities of love all around, but it also reminds you to give thanks. There is so much that we understand on an intellectual level, and so much we also just “don’t know.” Look, I get it. Talking about one’s “spirit” can be a touchy topic. Ask 100 people to define that word and you’ll get 100 different answers. Yet…I think what’s intriguing is that throughout the millennia, this concept of the “something else” outside of, part of, mixed in and through…the physical realms have been an ever-present fact/story/concept. Interestingly enough, when it comes to one’s health (physically), many cultures and traditions placed a LOT of emphasis and dedication around working on one’s “spirit” in conjunction with remedying the physical ailment.
Below was a short exchange from Dr. Strange that left me smiling. I actually never knew the story of Dr. Strange. I’m sure the actual comic books are way more informative and rich with insights. That said, I was pleasantly surprised to see/hear the below (I say see because I often watch movies with subtitles on).
Italics = Conversation by Dr. Strange
Just how experimental is your treatment?
So, you figured out a way to reprogram nerve cells to self-heal?
No, Mr. Strange. I know how to reorient the spirit to better heal the body.
Huh. A… Al… Al… alright. How do we do that? Where do we start?
Don’t like that map? (referring to the chakras)
Oh, no. It’s… it’s very good. It’s just… you know, I’ve seen it before. In gift shops.
And what about this one? –
Acupuncture, great. – Yeah?
What about… that one?
You’re showing me an MRI scan? I can not believe this.
Each of those maps was drawn up by someone who could see in part, but not the whole.
I spent my last dollar getting here on a one-way ticket, and you’re talking to me about healing through belief?
You’re a man who’s looking at the world through a keyhole, and you spent your whole life trying to widen that keyhole. To see more, know more. And now, on hearing that it can be widened in ways you can’t imagine, you reject the possibility?
No, I reject it because I do not believe in fairy tales about chakras, or energy, or the power of belief. There is no such thing as spirit! We are made of matter, and nothing more. We’re just another tiny, momentary speck within an indifferent universe.
You think too little of yourself.
Do you think you know how the world works? Do you think that this material universe is all there is?
What mysteries lie beyond the reach of your senses? At the root of existence, mind and matter meet. Thoughts shape reality.