The Answers to Paralyzing Fears Is Prayers and Village-Speak

Majid Ali, M.D.

When Psychotherapy of the West Is Unsuccessful,

Prayer and Village-Speak of the East May Work for Skoon


If the purpose of psychotherapy is to help a suffering individual to have Skoon and heal, then the core concern is not the training, belief system, and experience of the therapist. What matter is degrees of Skoon experienced by the individual being cared for. If Skoon arrives with prayer and village-speak, then the training, belief system, and experience of the therapist does not matter. 


Skoon is a Punjabi word that has no true equivalent in English language known to me. I imagine Skoon as a state that can only be experienced, not described in words. In a sense, it seems to me, it is a state of deep tranquility, a state in which one’s inner core is free of need to express anything, understand anything, preach anything about what is experienced. In another way, when you look at the face of an individual with Skoon, you see the glow but there is no yearning to make any statement about it.      

What Is Village-Speak?

I coin the term “village-speak” for conversations and communications which I experienced in my ancestral village during my boyhood years. It was simple, authentic, and unpretentious. Words were used for what they meant, not for any hidden meanings.

It takes a village to raise a child, so goes an ancient African saying. How did they learn to say so much with so few words? I wondered when I first head these words

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