By Natalia Perera
Art by Joshi Perera
“Let the venom be the antidote”
- Sufi Poet Rumi
Namaste dear Warrior—how are you? We shared so much around health together last article, I am just wondering how you are currently feeling? Are you vibrant or depleted? Energized or overwhelmed? Excited or anxious? There are so many variables in our modern lives that can shift our internal state dramatically within a split second. And those of us who have not had a solid, long history of healthy habits and lifestyle are particularly vulnerable to environmental influences pulling us away from our equilibrium, physically and mentally. And that, alongside the thousands of stimuli that assault our senses via the new gadgets designed to simplify our lives, leave us, in fact, drained and inefficient.
This multi-tasking and fast living that we—and that includes all of us from professionals to full time parents—have equated with being productive—is costing us our life force, hence our health and longevity. A week filled with emotional dramas, fatigue, bodily ailments, medical appointments, and worry is everything but constructive, not to mention gratifying. But on some level, these distract us with a seemingly valid reason as to why we are not listening to our heart and following our bliss, as they say.
Previous generations upheld a work and life ethic that promoted long hours, and strenuous conditions in order to achieve something of ‘value’, and in return, they paid with their health and their joy. But dear Warrior, today, we live in a different world, one that requires us to stop hiding behind our bodies and instead, to step into them fully, and invest in our temples. We are all part of a new humanity, and Warriors of the Sacred are a unique breed altogether: We need to strive for the standard of health that maintains our vibration at a level where we feel safe, and free to create change. We need to re-define health for ourselves. It is not the opposite of illness. It is not about being functional in our day to day lives. What it equates with, is being ‘full’ rather than empty, with the embodiment of Love and Joy at a cellular level.
So taking charge of our wellbeing is the first step towards filling our system up with a continuous, fierce current of energy and maintaining this stream until we ‘overflow’. In practical terms, this would be reflected by a solidity and an authenticity in the different aspects of our lives: our relationships, our work, our finances. Yes, for most of us, this is asking a lot as we have many ‘leaks’ in these areas. But there is a lot at stake here: the true expression of our soul through our body. And to allow our essence to shine through, we need a system that is strong and whole, capable of ‘holding’ our soul.
There is an occult practice in Ayurveda called Shivambu which the ancient Yogis used to sustain their health at a very high level and raise their consciousness in pursuit of self-realisation. They called it amaroli, from the Sanskrit root amara meaning “immortal”. Shivambu literally means “Water of Shiva”, referring to the auspiciousness of the practice. Its method of drinking urine for rejuvenation is outlined in a 5000-year-old document called the “Damar Tantra,” linking this practice back to the Vedas, the sacred Hindu texts, and to the philosophy of tantra. Tantra is a Sanskrit term with the roots tanoti (expansion) and trayati (liberation); that is, the path that expands the mind or consciousness and liberates one from the cycle of birth and death, or from pain and suffering.
Shivambu is primarily a spiritual practice and the tantric mystics used it to unleash kundalini from the base of the spine. With the correct diet, minerals, herbs, lifestyle, mantras, meditation, massage and asanas, this unleashed force would then be directed up the spinal channel—sushuma—all the way up to the top of the head, releasing toxins on the way, both physical and energetic. This powerful purification of the internal world through the chakras would then have some serious consequences on the BodyMind system. As a result, they witnessed some health benefits but they would have also faced and processed many of their emotional traumas and battled with many of their darkest thoughts. Since each of these is a natural by-product of the deep detoxification of the soul in the body that is initiated by drinking one’s own urine in the quest for the true self.
How does that work? There is something esoteric about urine…and not. As a by-product of the blood, (medically called “plasma ultrafiltrate” as opposed to popular thinking that it is a waste product), it is the purified substance made by the kidneys whose principal function is not excretion but regulation of all the body’s elements and their concentrations in the vital fluids. It contains “life-force” or prana and is thus considered to be a super-natural living food. It also contains elements that are specific to one’s body alone—the reason why it is used in routine medical tests. The body is constantly producing a huge variety of antibodies, hormones, enzymes, and other natural chemicals to regulate and control its functions and correct disharmony. When reutilised, these chemicals and nutrients act as natural vaccines, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-carcinogenic agents as well as hormone balancers and allergy relievers. In short, when urine is re-ingested, it “awakens the healer within” and the body’s own intelligence or immune system is activated to restore the original state of homeostasis.
In our current modern society, we live so disconnected from our bodies that people’s most frequent initial response to this “therapy” is the repulsion that stems from the belief that their body is toxic and therefore, so are their bodily fluids. Our sense of shame rather than reverence for our bodies makes this practice almost taboo. But common sense tells us that anything that exists already in the blood cannot be harmful to the person that it came from. Compared with some of the soft drinks and junk foods people put through their digestive system, it is much closer to their nature. Furthermore, if urine is a sample of what is flowing through our body’s veins and we find it repulsive, we can use this as a motivation to improve our internal conditions. Since it is a by-product of the blood, it makes sense that the cleaner the blood is, the healthier the urine will be. Nevertheless, drinking urine makes people think seriously about what they eat, and psychologically and spiritually, it challenges all that we hold against our sense of self-acceptance and self-love.
All this talk of bodily functions directs our attention to our base chakra, dear Warrior: mooladhara, the energy centre that governs our sense of safety and physical needs as we set foot upon the earth. As the very foundation of our entire BodyMind system, if that is not strong, neither is anything else that we try to build in our lives. For instance, we may begin projects that fall through, start relationships that don’t last, make money that we lose, and we are left with a continuous sense of anxiety that threatens our wellbeing. Our health is hence, directly related to the happiness and fulfillment that we feel daily in our lives.
The latter may sound like an obvious statement. But how many people drink alcohol daily or even at festivities? Or use candies as ‘treats’ for themselves or for their children? “Thy Body is Thy Temple” makes us realise that consuming toxic substances such as alcohol and sugar cause harm and amount to punishment; they should considered consequences to bad behaviour not rewards for good behaviour!
So dear Warrior, I leave you with a reminder about a story from Gautama Buddha. He was asked whether all beings were created equal. To which he responded: yes we have all been created equally with the same birth right to enlightenment. But no: Not everyone has the power to attract to themselves the circumstances that they need in order to become enlightened. This ‘power’ to which he refers is our light, determined by our vibration. I hope that this story inspires you to cherish your body and transform it into a place of worship.