"First Lady Suggests People Losing Healthcare Should Rely on Nature for Cures." What!!? ....
I have tracked the progression of "natural" healing processes in western medicine as a layman. It appears to be tied to the seminal event of an important arranged 1893 western tour of Swami Vivekananda Bengali, Shāmi Bibekānondo; 12 January 1863 - 4 July 1902, born Narendranath Datta, who was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna.
Combined with his tour of the US, western Christianity said hello to the lost roots of Christ consciousness driven out of mainstream religion by the organized church. The spiritual concept of unity - that we are in reality sparks of the infinite intelligence (God). God is within... that we are in The Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost... as number two... the Son.
This of course is a vast and fundamental gap from organized Christian religious teaching that the Trinity at most can only be experienced with the Holy Spirit. We are not taught we are equal to The Son (Christ, Jesus, Christ-consciousness), that we are the same. Even as Christ himself assures us we are the same, organized religion has not.
The Swami pushed on that old timber-and-bolted rusty gate that separates Christ from ourselves, and a mystical door in our consciousness was heard to creek open. Vivekananda helped us to invite the corrective energy of the Holy Ghost into our lives in ways the west has remained remained blind for 1700 years.
Medicine was hurling along its bifurcated path by an over-lording arrogance of science. E=MC^2 set science apart after all. Two tracks, one allopathic, the other natural-healing, with the allopathic dominating for next 70 to 80 years.
Somehow the wisdom campuses (modest motel family training) processed and educated a follow-on generation of doctors. US hospitals started hiring Indian doctors in droves at first for its competitive labor cost and with it also came influential, doctoral-level, eastern spiritual beliefs introduced 70 to 80 years earlier through the enchanting Vivekananda. Their influence in US hospitals brought natural-healing and spiritual awakening in combination into western medicine slowly learning to work with their scientific allopathic brothers. Science and natural healing established a lasting foothold in western medicine. Hospitals are on the cusp of evolving into healing temples for those who chose alternatives.
Today mainstream hospitals offer the patient meditation tapes and alternative medicine (natural and holistic). This hospital influence is offered because solid observational experience sees it does no harm and works, thus it mixes back into our western churches through surviving patients and is now serving as a catalyst in Christianity's age of re-awakening. The hospitals are changing the church in a looped cycle where the church looks deeper into spirituality and expands its spiritual tolerance within the congregation. Our western language and our religious belief systems are noticeably evolving: Words and phrases like meditation (mindfulness-contemplative), Akashic (intuitive), as above - so below, mantra, even "chakra"... all appear interchangeable in our conversations sometimes haltingly yet present nonetheless in our Christian mainstream churches.
Look now at the revisionism under way in recasting our relationship with God. The west after all has its own derivative of knosis, something called Transcendental Meditation... a subject seldom taught in church or Bible study. "As Lay Cistercian and teacher Carl McColman puts it: God is in us, because we are in Christ. As members of the mystical body, Christians actually partake in the divine nature of the Trinity. We do not merely watch the dance, we dance the dance. We join hands with Christ and the Spirit flows through us and between us and our feet move always in the loving embrace of the Father. In that we are members of the mystical body of Christ, we see the joyful love of the Father through the eyes of the Son. And with every breath, we breathe the Holy Spirit." ... from the writings of the good Fr. Richard Rohr, CAC.
As well, Protestant "contemplative" practices, heretofore nonexistent in the main, are now being "re-discovered" with cross-training harking back to early Catholic saints where apparently the knowledge was resident all along. Who knew? Yet, Protestant and Catholic humility needed to identify the roots of Christ's own youthful training in the Eastern-wisdom schools, runs cross-purpose still to organized religion. When the practices of the medicineless hospitals in China are given serious notice in the US, healing modalities will enter a new age.
It is as though mainstream religion senses we are now inside something big, a change is upon us, and we must start to understand.
The Russian-influenced mystical component (symbolically represented by The First Lady) again re-emerges and marries now the US President who himself was raised in a church whose pastor preached Christ love coupled with the power of positive thinking... a minor but important element of spiritual gratitude and universal love and abundance... in short, a mixture of charismatic magic sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
We now stand on a another frontier of merging science with spirituality... in yet another step forward in the awakening process. Some call this frontier the field-unification theory of physics, others just call it the Path... a living universe of consciousness where all things are possible and some things are lasting.