Dr. Batista drove me out to the ranch on my first day in Brazil.
As the pickup truck bounced over the rocks and dirt strewn across
the road, he told me that when he has a problem wiith one of his
heart patients, he likes to go out to the farm, plow the fields
and work with his horses.
He says the mind is like an iceberg, with the conscious part like
the 5% above water, and the unconscious part the 95% below water.
The unconscious part, he says, is much more powerful, and to get
it to work, all the conscious part has to do is ask it a question.
As we drove to the farm, he told me that if you have a problem,
all you have to do is ask a question, and in time your mind will
search for a solution. "If there is no solution," he said matter-of-factly,
"then you don't have a problem."
These are the first photos that I took of him in Brazil. He was cutting
the horses hair. "When I cut," he told me, "I think
of the heart, and if I notice the way I hold the clippers works well
on the horses, I might use what I learn here on the heart."
Randas didn't like cutting the horses hair. "I pay my ranch
hands to do this work," he said. "They are lazy, they
don't trim the hair when they should. So I come here and cut the
hair myself. I'm not good at this, and they hate the way that I
trim hair because they can do it much better. So I will phone them
before I come out here next time and tell them that I'm on my way.
Maybe if I warn them ahead of time it will scare them into cutting
the hair themselves before I arrive."