A Healing Experience
Nov 27, 2013
A TELEPHONE CALL I’LL NEVER FORGET
During the early and mid 1990’s I was helping to manage
the national communications center in Britain for the
Transcendental Meditation® movement.
I loved the work; people would ring in from all over Britain
wanting to know about the technique and I would address
their questions, send them some literature and the contact
details of the nearest center where they could learn
Serendipity in the quietness
One quiet afternoon a call came in and the lady on the
other end of the line spoke haltingly with longer than usual
pauses between words. I quickly realised that she had
some difficulty with speaking itself and kept quiet until I
was sure she wanted me to respond.
What she said changed my life.
She told me that at birth she had suffered some brain
damage that meant that, although mentally bright and with a
keen intelligence, she was never able to speak out a
sentence. She would know what she wanted to say but
the language just could not be formed into a coherent
sentence by her brain.
This had caused her severe distress all her life. Health
professionals were unable to help her and told her that it
would never change. The brain had been permanently
Then she learned Transcendental Meditation.
She practiced the technique exactly according to the
teacher’s instructions twice a day. She said nothing happened.
She was unaware of any changes at all. And yet, as she took
great pains to explain to me, she knew in her heart that a
lot was happening and she just continued and continued
with the practice.
Three years went by.
And then one day, one amazing day, she woke up and
spoke out a sentence. Just like that! Spontaneously.
With no difficulty.
Her voice was simple and sweet. What came across to me
on the feeling level of the conversation was a person who
had scaled the highest mountain in her own life and was
quietly, serenely victorious.
She said she did not want any fuss made about what had
happened to her, but that it was important to her to just
let someone in the organisation know.
I was that lucky, lucky person.
Our conversation lasted about five minutes and yet I feel
we have never put the receiver down on one another. She
comes to mind at special times, moments of peace and
serenity, moments when I am blessed to witness the
courage and luminosity of the human spirit.
I will never, ever forget her. And yet I have not spoken of
this often. I informed the leadership and once, when someone asked me what inspired me in life I told this tale. But mostly, it stays in my heart and heals me during my every day without ever
being formed into sentences.
And here I am, telling you.
I hope she approves and that, wherever she is, she is well
and happy and surrounded by love.
I send her my very best wishes – and my gratitude for what she did for my life.
Changed My Life
A year after our conversation I embarked on the training
course that would make me a teacher of Transcendental
Meditation – something I had been hesitating about for all
kinds of stupid reasons. I have never looked back and my
life continues to expand in ways that I never would have
Thank you, thank you, my dear caller.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
Persistence Pays Off
This lady had a very special gift. She knew and trusted
herself on a very subtle level of her being. She didn’t
need outward signs of progress during those three years.
She just trusted herself and the technique.
Transcendental Meditation works on all aspects of us at
once. It doesn’t fix our digestion one day and our inability
to sleep another. It operates on the level of our WHOLENESS. Every time we close our eyes and begin the practice the whole of us is able to take some space, rest and heal itself.
There is never a meditation when nothing is happening.
And, of course, this story demonstrates to us that Transcendental Meditation is a very special friend to the human brain.
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