The word “mergulent” came to me today during meditation. I had been trying to relax but kept tensing up, so I asked my soul to help me: How can my body and soul be one? Next thing I knew, I was traveling inside my body–actually moving effortlessly as in floating. I wasn’t seeing anything, just sensing movement and somehow knowing that I was inside my body. As soon as I realized the incredulity of this, I snapped out of it. But I feel I’ve discovered a key. A key to the oneness of body and soul and mind. A key to soothing PTS (post-traumatic stress) and possibly healing from PTSD.
The other day, a very wise friend and I were talking. I told her about the fact that when I sit quietly in preparation for meditation (I keep typing “medication” for “meditation”), I must cope with a lot of somatic tension left over from feeling, for most of my life, unsafe in my body. She mentioned that the cells of our bodies are “co-operating components” * within each of us and that we are living examples of well being because our cells have agreed to co-operate with our souls in this human form. I must have been thinking a lot about this because just before I went body-traveling in my meditation, I affirmed the thought that my cells participate willingly in my life experience. Soul and cells are one unit agreeing to wholeness. We can create well being at any time by reaffirming this dynamic relationship.
I am reminded of the work of Barbara McClintock, a ground-breaking scientist, who I learned about years ago in a cell biology class at Columbia University. She postulated that the organelles, the bodies in the cytoplasm of our cells–the nucleus, mitochondria, endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomes–were actually at one time organisms that gave up their individuality or evolved over time to work in a communal way as parts of the unit of the human cell. The cell and its organelles became one working unit, communicating with other cells.
“Mergulence”–the human mind remembering the dynamic relationship of our cells (our bodies) and our souls. I am happy thinking of this term. Throughout my day, when I catch myself in PTSD mode, holding my breath or locking a part of my body in tension, or being startled by some benign occurrence, I can re-affirm my wholeness through mindful mergulence. I can call on body and soul to unite. In this way, I regain the power of the present.
*from the Teachings of Abraham, Esther and Jerry Hicks