It is a warm, late afternoon on a Friday. Outside of an acupuncturist’s office, I happen upon one of my favorite, former yoga students as I approach the building. She is a woman whom I respect and admire because of the intense commitment she brought each and everytime to her yoga practice.
Initially, when we first see each other across the parking lot, we both light up with recognition; and, then, I watch as her face transforms itself before me into a site of pinched grief and worry.
When I am within range of her hearing, I ask her, “How are you doing? Are you unwell?”
“It is not me,” she answers. “I gave my husband, Paul, a ride into see the acupuncturist. He has been battling cancer for eight months now. He is down to one-hundred-thirty pounds,” she speaks quickly and with profound concern.
“Oh, my,” I answer with nothing better to say. “May I ask what kind?”
There is a slight pause. “Yes. They think it started in his kidneys. He thinks he can beat it, but they keep giving him too much radiation. He does not have enough time to recover between treatments. At least that is what he feels is happening. But, the doctors won’t listen.”
“I see. Hence, you’re seeing an acupuncturist?” I ask.
At this point, Paul emerges from the acupuncturist’s building, beginning his slow approach toward us. Typically a full-bodied man, he seems a ghost of his former self. He has also studied yoga with me.
With Paul’s arrival, a few more sentences pass between us about some of the health places I have visited. At a break in the conversation, Paul reiterates his concerns about his health in a matter-of-fact and downcast way.
Then, out of my mouth and with a socially uncomfortable degree of loudness and formal conviction, I hear myself say, “You will not die. No matter what they tell you, you will not die.”
At this point, my second-sight kicks in, and I observe Paul as he shifts energetic gears, straightens his lean frame and organizes his Light around his physical body. He is glowing brightly now.
“That’s what I keep trying to tell them,” he says with renewed hope and vocal resolve.
After handing off some additional information, we part company. Darshan, a blessing of life, has been granted.