I recently witnessed the birth of a baby chimpanzee. The whole process was beautiful and stunning to watch. The heavily pregnant mother chimpanzee was sitting very still for what seemed like a very long time. Once the contractions began, she sat in a comfortable position and started pushing the child out. The head of her baby got delivered, and she immediately supported the head with her hands, and helped her baby get born into the world.
After the birth, she quickly cleaned her baby by wiping it and sucking the membranes and fluid off the baby. She even sucked the fluid out of the baby’s mouth and nose, after which the baby began crying and breathing. The whole delivery was over in less than a few minutes.
Over the next few days, the chimpanzee will feed her baby, bathe her, keep her warm, protect her and love her.
My question is this: The chimpanzee has had no prior experience in delivery whatsoever. It has not been trained in midwifery, medicine or surgery by any institution or expert. How in the world did it know to hold the head of the baby when it was being delivered at just the right angle, or suck out the fluid from her mouth to ensure that she breathed correctly, the instant the birthing process had finished? Who taught her how to hold the baby, who taught her how and when to feed the baby?
Who taught the baby to cry when it’s hungry? Who taught the baby how to suck milk? How taught the baby to drink only as much milk as it requires, and to never overeat?
Who taught you to urinate? Who taught you to pass motion? Who taught you to sleep at night and be active during the day? Who taught you to breathe?
Nature is such an amazing force. She has ensured that every one of us is born with great capabilities, with everything we need to know to live life, right within our minds. All we need to do is listen. Which, unfortunately, we keep forgetting to do, many a time.
Take a moment now. Close your eyes. Listen. Listen to your body. Observe how your joints feel. Observe your abdomen, your legs, your arms. Observe your face, your lips, your eyes. Observe your mind. Do every one of these feel absolutely comfortable and at ease? Is there any part of the body or mind that does not feel blissful and pleasant? That is Mother Nature talking to you. Listen to your body. Listen while the situation is still in your hands and reverse it safely.
Dr. Achyuthan Eswar
Naturopathy, Yoga and Acupuncture Physician