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Healing and Transformation

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Why Holism is Vital

posted by David G Arenson ND

holistic1What is holism and why is it so important?

‘Holism’ is a philosophy as described by Aristotle – “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.”

The term was first used by the Jan Smuts in his 1926 book, Holism and Evolution. Smuts defined ‘holism’ as “The tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution.”


In medicine, to be ‘holistic’ is to treat the whole person taking into account all the relevant mental, emotional and social factors, instead of just treating physical symptoms.

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The Power of Goodness

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There’s a lot of confusion in the world and darkness. Business and media powers are still trying to prevent the expansion of light and true understanding, sending out mixed messages and continual promotion of corporate products.

We must be educated and warriors of light to fight through the darkness around us and find our truth.

Let us all welcome in the new age of enlightenment. The promise of the Age of Aquarius is that humanity will unite in love.

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“It’s up to you to to open a portal in your life that gives you conscious access to the Unmanifested.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

 


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The Mistake of Western Science

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Arctic_IndPeoplesThe mistake of Western “scientific” thinking is that there is a singular truth – a singular answer that can be broken down into composite parts. The building blocks of Western civilisation have been ‘reductionist’ thought-forms in their observance and attitude.

‘Reductionism’ is a practice of describing complex phenomena by reduction to their fundamental parts. As a thought practice, it tends to lend itself to ‘black or white’ thinking. It’s not to say that reductionism is good or bad, only to say that it has its place, yet it is not the whole picture – the big picture (that which incorporates all perspectives and understandings).

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Eastern wisdom has a more developed contemplative tradition and openness for mystical exploration. Some Eastern traditions have admittedly been somewhat ambiguous and amorphous – arguably, it’s the quirky and obscure parts that make for a relevant philosophy for life.

In “mainstream” Western Medicine and Science, a grain of arrogance and tendency to dismiss that which is not “scientifically proven” has developed. So-called science can even turn nasty and morph into bullying.

When that which is not understood is ruled out as hogwash, snake-oil or worse (even when frequently these ridiculed practices are completely harmless), one must pause and take notice.

There are many modalities that use mind-body interactions (well-proven by science) and relaxation therapies (most diseases and dysfunctions are empirically linked to stress). The ‘placebo effect’ is well-documented and has been part of our understanding of medicine for a long time. In the West, it is frequently the subject of mockery. The effect of the mind-body complex is not to be scoffed at. Placebo or mind-body interactions come when one thinks one is healing or getting better, which in turn creates that healing. It is simply ‘positive thinking’ as applied to health outcomes.

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The combination of relaxation and optimism are potent forms of healing, and deserve complete respect and admiration. To sneer at “reflexology” as “unscientific” is simply to misunderstand the holistic nature of health, and importance of relaxation to one’s wellbeing.

I have heard radical disregard for completely harmless practices from yoga to juicing to qigong. These diatribes often completely defy common-sense. How is following a good diet crackpot or charlatan? Or taking kelp supplements harmful? How can green smoothies cause such derision! How many people have died doing a liver detox?

The harsh judgment of that which is less-understood, is actually absurd. It’s a completely disproportionate response to wellbeing practices, some of which have been used for thousands of years.

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I am not promoting irresponsible behaviour. Just basic respect for all viewpoints, and the creation of a level playing field. Spending millions on drug trials that profit major pharmaceutical corporations is not evidence that a simple Qi Gong practice, used in China for thousands of years for health and longevity, is to be rubbished. Lack of evidence is not evidence of lack. Quite the contrary in regards to practices that have been perfected over millennia.


Belittling natural practitioners is a sign of fear and weakness, not strength. Whilst not everyone may understand long-practiced systems and philosophies like Aryuveda, TCM, Homeopathy and Naturopathy, they have their place, and these systems have helped many people historically.

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Natural practitioners focus on supporting health – their focus is not the study of disease. Western-centric disease-focus has its place. It can be vitally important to have an accurate diagnosis, and lives can be saved by urgent mainstream medical treatment.

a1For the majority, it is lifestyle diseases that are the product of long-term poor habits. All of these habits are well-documented and scientifically proven, from stress as being the greatest cause of disease in the West, to the importance of sanitary hygiene, clean food and water, dietary factors, and exercise.

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As thinking people, we should be open to any pathway that can improve health and happiness and reduce suffering of humankind. It does not serve the common good to label things we don’t understand as ‘quackery’ and people we don’t understand as ‘charlatans.’ A common ground is required.

In language and in all things, relativity is alive and well – each person has their own perception, their own unique truth, their own story to tell. That is the magic and mystery, the knowable and the unknowable.

Whilst one person suffering from stress or illness may resonate with yoga, another may resonate with meditation, and another with counselling by a friend of the family, and another, still. may find comfort from a family doctor. Truth is unique to each person and the search for truth is endless.

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The belief in something is often its most powerful harbinger. That is neither a grand evil promoted by charlatans nor something to be feared. The primacy of the “placebo effect” has been shown repeatedly in the gold standard in science, double-blinded studies. So much so, that often the so-called medicine has little or no benefit beyond the placebo, with far fewer “side effects.”

Mainstream medicine does not claim that doctors who prescribe these “placebos” are snake-oil salesmen. That’s rather unkind. The placebo effect has been alive and well in healing and medicine since the dawn of time.

In any case, lack of evidence is not relevant to whether something actually works or not.

Because the money and power is behind Western pharmaceutical companies worth billions of dollars does not mean that a humble reflexologist is ineffective.

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I am not promoting a blind non-thinking acceptance of all approaches, just an appeal for open-minded fairness, discernment and holism. Or in one word – ‘wisdom.’ In fact, I am deeply concerned by the media culture of health fads, celebrity diets, super foods with super powers, and the business of selling each new fad, appealing to people’s desperation, fantasy and wishful thinking.

Dismissing other thought-forms out of hand without careful observation and respect is denying a basic spiritual paradigm that all is valid. Each vibration has its own truth.


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America’s Prison System & Our Responsibility

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prisonThe United States has the highest numbers of people (per capita) in prison in the world! It has nearly 5 percent of the world’s population yet currently imprisons nearly 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. 

1 in every 31 adults in the USA (7.3 million) is behind bars, or on probation or parole (2009). 743 adults per 100,000 population are currently locked up in a small cell the size of a cupboard. Each costs over $24 000 per year. The yearly expenditure for building new prisons is also in excess of $5 billion. Keeping people in prisons costs over $60 billion per year!

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What does that say about the nation? What does that say about the individuals?

Locking people up in metal blocks and throwing away the keys! How is this a solution? A shocking statistic.

There’s an ancient Hawaiian Ho’oponopono practice of healing oneself via mental cleansing. When addressing any pain, sorrow, lack of balance or area needing healing, one simply says the words – “I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

This practice involves taking responsibility not only for oneself, but for the whole world. How easily do we blame, hate, and label others – those we know and the complete strangers we are so quick to denigrate.

What would happen if we saw what is outside of us, as relating to us, as connected to who we are?

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Further, what would happen if we were to decide to change it?

All violence stems from fear. Fear is not to be fought or opposed. It is to be forgiven, so peace is the way to peace, love is the way to love. Did we abandon those who were struggling, or could we have done more to help those in need?
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If one person is abandoned, aren’t we all abandoned at least in some way? There is an essence that connects all of us together.

Instead of casting aside those who fail or get lost, as a society let’s take personal responsibility for each other. Yet this idea goes far deeper. When we can take responsibility for the whole world, we shift the possibility and take seriously the idea that WE MAKE THE WORLD.

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I believe this is the missing link and way to free ourselves from karma. It requires a different way of “seeing” our lives – as intrinsic to creation (as well as being creation itself!). Thus it becomes self-evident that all life is sacred.

The days of following gurus have ended – it is the teaching that is important, the wisdom that lasts beyond the life of the teacher. Find every kernel of truth and then most important, follow it, teach it, live it. And don’t keep the wisdom to yourself – a candle does not lose its fire by lighting other candles.

Man maketh the world. This does not negate taking responsibility for yourself. As Buddha taught, “You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

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Taking responsibility for yourself is taking responsibility for the whole world. Taking responsibility for the world is taking responsibility for yourself.

The true profession of man is to realize that his responsibility is the world.

This is the way to freedom from karma. This is the way to creating a future we all can be proud of.

Practice:

Using a picture of the globe, imagine the world and all the people in it whilst saying these words…“I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.” If there is any area of your life requiring healing, or any person you know requiring healing, add this to your list. It’s easier if you have an image – otherwise just write the person’s name down with their birth date.

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For instance:

Myself (my life)
Those who I’ve hurt or wronged (intentionally and unintentionally)
My sister Ellen (06 March 1975)
John Doe (14 April 1980)
My career abundance.
Getting paid on time.
My job.

Emotionally connect to these statements, so they are heartfelt. Keep saying these words as you read the list, visualize and feel the healing as if it’s already done…

“I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

When we can take responsibility for the whole world, we shift the possibility and take seriously the idea that we make the world. Even the worst criminals hold a sacred flame within. To all those incarcerated in prisons, “I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.”

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The War Against Science

posted by David G Arenson ND

natgeoOur belief in the ‘known’ has stifled our ability to respond to the ‘unknown.’ To change our approach and become explorers, requires letting go of needing to know all the answers. This in turn takes the weight off our shoulders, and we can allow nature to guide us, instead of seeing nature as our “enemy” to be controlled and suppressed.

As Western society, we seem all-too quick to judge based on the critical thinking we learnt early on at school and in higher institutions of learning.

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It’s very natural that we become invested in our world-views and understandings. Even our beliefs can become “religious.” Is it human nature to be this way?

The Buddha taught – “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it or who has said it, not even if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

What if instead of investing wholeheartedly in our beliefs, we invested in flexibility and openness? Imagine if instead of left-brained judgment being parodied, we became sovereign creators, unique belief-makers, truly dynamic human beings dancing with truths, beliefs, fantasy and reality? This is to be multi-dimensional in scope, comfortable living in uncertainty.

All people are part of the divine whole – each soul shines the light of awareness. What breaks us apart is the belief that we are separate. The narrative that takes our power away from us is the one where something external can fill the void of our soul, that something external is an “authority” that can tell us what the truth is and tells us what our soul needs.

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We have the power already if we recognise who we are. We can differentiate for ourselves what is good for us, or not – to know what we need as bodies and souls – to know who we can learn from – and who we can ignore.

Let’s trust our own knowing, our own common-sense. Let light, love and reason be restored to our planet and the promotion of a more enlightened way. It’s time to reclaim the power of goodness.

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“It’s up to you to to open a portal in your life that gives you conscious access to the Unmanifested.” ~ Eckhart Tolle


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Work with me! Interested in being coached by David

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