They say healing is a matter of time, but it is also a matter of opportunity. Unless you give yourself the chance to heal, the pain that you feel cannot escape.
In the painting you see, artist Parama Libralesso depicts Medicine Buddha (also known as Bhaiṣajyaguru) as a symbol of the healing process. Medicine Buddha acts as a force that awakens the healing wisdom that we all have, but are too blind to see. His meditative pose reminds us that all the answers to the questions that we ask are within us. All we have to do is look inwards.
Libralesso visualised Medicine Buddha sitting on a white lotus, which, in Buddhism, is a symbol of purity and revival. The lotus is cushioned by the moon, which represents love. These two symbols together give Medicine Buddha the power to heal effectively. Libralesso uses a dark, transparent blue, which represents energy and the healing taking place within Medicine Buddha’s body. He is holding the Haritaki plant (varadamudrā) in the right hand, which possesses magical healing powers. In the left hand, Medicine Buddha is holding a bowl that contains medicinal nectar, which in Buddhism not only provides healing and balance, it also gives new energy.
The butterflies emerging from the bowl represent the transformation that is about to take place. Only when you allow yourself to heal will you grow from a voracious caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly, which only chooses the best type of nourishment for itself.
Medicine Buddha is here to heal all ailments, regardless of their nature. His gold irises look beyond any illusory veil or judgment. He sits surrounded by the sacred plants of shamanic traditions that create an atmosphere conducive to healing.
The world is currently grappling with uncertainty like never before, and healing is necessary for survival. For only then will you propel yourself away from your past and towards the destiny that you are on this Earth to fulfil. This is the perfect time to bring this Medicine Buddha into your home and take that first step towards the bright future that awaits you.