How does the body heal? What steps does it go through? When extrapolated to groups and to society, how do the principles of natural healing give us insight and hope, as we interreact (dance together) and strive to create a better world?
In 2005, Thomas C. Chavez wrote a fascinating book on the entire healing process titled, Body Electronics: Vital Steps for Physical Regeneration, which combines nutrient saturation (through natural, dietary choices and limited supplementation), personal consciousness, and peer support. A seminar leader on these subjects since 1984, he was one of the earliest students of Body Electronics pioneer, Dr. John Whitman Ray. He co-pastors with his wife at Christ the Healer United Church of Christ. He teaches “how to gourmet raw” and has supervised raw catering extravaganzas since 2002.
Chavez entered the world of active health care in 1975 as an Emergency Medical Technician and soon became a student of massage, shiatsu, herbalism, Bach flower remedies, nutrition, and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP). He became a practitioner of homeopathic medicine in 1979. Gabriel Cousens, MD, Director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, says that Chavez’s work “provides the basis for a complete transformation of body, mind, and spirit.” We will outline here the foundational principles of Chavez’s Six Laws of Cure.
On a recent hike in the mountains, I saw with great pleasure the abundance of wild flowers, blossoming trees and plants. Some were tall, some short, some were colorful, and some were many shades of green.
Nature has an infinite capacity to create and restore. Each plant has a unique niche in the greater ecosystem, and each has its own purpose in order to maintain the balance of life. We human beings have much to learn from nature.
We are each the same as all other human beings physically, mentally, and emotionally. We are the dust of creation. We share DNA with everyone else. We have the same body organs, arms, legs, ears, and toes. As human beings, we even share 42 common viruses in our bloodstreams.
Who is Byron Katie? I personally love her healing method, which teaches us to question and challenge our thoughts and beliefs. It’s what she calls doing “The Work.” I find myself using her turnaround method daily, especially with all the issues coming up and being triggered, both personally and also globally, where we are presented with so many opportunities for both our individual and collective healing. The Work is a method I prefer to use in place of the old and archaic coping strategies that sadly tend to add to, rather than heal, life’s cumulative pain.
Katie teaches that our triggers, activated by situations or others, are really disguised “mirrors” for us, that reflect back to us our own “shadows,” which point out our (often similar) unhealed pain. This often takes much courage, first to even see, and finally to be able to “sit with” (versus numbing and resisting) these unhealed wounds. Before we had access to these tools, we would get triggered and then act out their feelings in negative ways, or used other coping mechanisms to avoid facing them. None of this brings true and deep healing to our “earlier similar” pain or past trauma.
Tempus fugit! Here we are in 2020! Seems like yesterday we were all anxious about the turning of the century into a new millennium (2000 and beyond). For example, we were anxious about the possible “Y2K crisis.” Some believed computes would crash. As it turned out, that was a “tempest in a teapot.” But, by contrast, the traumatic events of 9/11 have changed our world and taken away some of our personal freedoms as a result.
We all wondered, especially Numerologists and Astrologers, how the coming millennial years’ events would turn out. Now, 20 years later in retrospect, we see the unfolding of events, both individually and globally. The archetypical energy themes played out year-by-year have been dramatic and earth-changing, with political upheaval, mass immigration throughout the world, financial collapse, and huge divisions in public opinion, sometimes orchestrated by mass media, have polarized families, acquaintances, communities, and nations.
Here we are already making plans for the upcoming holidays, especially Christmas. Some of us have already stashed presents away, and some of us will be last minute shoppers. The spirit and joy of the holidays is infectious, and we all want to be a part of it one way or another.
One of the main themes at this time of year is giving gifts to friends, family, and others. Some of us worry about finding the “right” gift for each person on our list. Will it be a good color or the right size? Will it be “enough” for a certain person? If it is not well received or valued, what should I do? How can I afford all of the gifts on my list?
These kinds of questions and concerns create tension, worry, and frustration inside of us. We seem to have lost the real value of giving. Maybe these two stories will help us remember the essence of gift giving in the days ahead.
Let’s look at how much our inner emotional world colors our perceptions and our relationships in the outer world. Several years ago, I attended a workshop and the instructor placed a large amethyst quartz crystal in the center of our small circle. Our task was to connect with the crystal and share a few words about what we experienced. I was surprised at the diversity of what people saw, sensed, and felt. The crystal evoked different emotions, different qualities, and different memories and images for others.
In sum, the exercise helped me to appreciate how our perceptions and our relationships to the “outer” landscape are determined by our “inner” landscape. Our inner landscape holds our emotional history, good and bad memories, our cultural and religious beliefs and so much more. Each one of us has his or her own unique inner landscape beginning at birth. Here’s another example…
EDITOR: As our hearts break again in mourning for the young lives lost, and as we search for answers and causes for this ongoing tragedy, I use this platform to address a little-discussed and yet important factor in the country’s mass shootings. This is an abridged version of a balanced article published on February 17th, 2018, which can be read in full at TheNewAmerican.com.
While mass killers generally have guns in their hands, another commonality is that they often have psychiatric drugs in their blood. The difference, though, is that it isn’t guns that have the side effect of “homicidal ideation.” The Parkland, Florida, shooter who murdered 17 on Valentine’s Day was on medication for emotional issues, his aunt related. This is now a familiar story…