The past several centuries has provided major scientific, spiritual, philosophical and epistemological challenges for us human beings. It appears that we have gone hog wild in our domination of Nature, both in terms of human Nature as well as planetary. The story of human domination was indeed a marker for the beginning of what we call civilization. In a sense, the course of civilization is marked by human top-down ethos that led to a rape of Nature, the human Psyche (Soul or Mind) and women specifically.
Consider this message in relationship to the wisdom expressed in the following cartoon regarding the education of our children.
We have ultimately lost the natural wisdom of our ancestors through dogmatic, idealistic and rationalist approaches to all the major disciplines. These approaches further cultivated a strict top-down rule that spoke of God over Man who was over Woman who was over Nature.
No one dared to claim; however, that Nature meaning Essence was also Yahweh, or I AM (i.e., the Universal Self).
Yet, in recent times, many Western scholars began to see the wisdom of ancient lifestyles and their belief in an intelligent Nature. One such scholar was James Lovelock, who developed the Gaia Hypothesis. This hypothesis states that Gaia (Earth) operates as a single organism. In essence, within all of us, there is a complex interaction between our cells in relationship to external plants, animals, atmosphere, land and seas that make the world habitable for the type of life we have today. We are participants in the System and NOT the Kings of it! Furthermore, it appears the System builds itself and not some externalized God or Goddess. There is literally nothing to believe in. Its simply looking at the process of what Lao Tzu, author of the Tao Te Ching, refers to as the Way. The Way is simply the Process of Nature.
Realizing this deep wisdom of Nature, holistic health practices exist as forms of healing that consider the whole person -- body, mind, spirit, and emotions -- in relation to the environment in which he or she resides. The ultimate quest of holistic health practices is for optimal health and wellness. One can achieve optimal health -- the primary goal of holistic medicine practice -- by gaining proper balance in life.
Darryl D'Souza is one such holistic healer. Darryl is a vibrant and committed holistic healer from India who edits the new monthly online magazine on holistic health called CMSE (Continued Medico-Spiritual Education). CMSE helps doctors, holistic healers and the general public learn from one another about maintaining health. His magazine is an initiative of THE WORLD UNITED Doctors' and Healers' Association.
The World United Doctors and Healers Association (TWUDHA) was originally founded as New Age Doctors Association. It was founded in May 2007 with the launch of India's 1st CMSE (Continued Medico-Spiritual Education) in the city of Hyderabad, India after a few brainstorming sessions among a group of enthusiastic and dedicated Holistic Health Practitioners. These practitioners came forward to create this platform. They wanted all the health professionals to learn from each other in order to create a global holistic health model. Therefore they morphed into a Doctors and Healers Association under the auspices of The World United.
Wherever you are in the journey of self-actualizing, the holistic model of practice assists you by keeping you updated regarding the diverse holistic options available in the health care division. These options range from the ancient to the new age remedies encompassing a wide gamut of therapies.
TWUDHA's vision is to merge the wisdom of conventional healthcare, alternative healthcare and the ancient healing sciences, in order to evolve a holistic model of health that is minimally invasive, safe and economical. They envision merging the wisdom of conventional healthcare, alternative healthcare and the ancient healing sciences, in order to evolve a holistic model of health that is minimally invasive, safe and economical. They intend to become a resource of information for the multitude of safe and effective healthcare options available, and to facilitate a worldwide network of wellness centers where holistic remedies are practiced.
I applaud this vision. Healthcare clearly needs deeper reform than just a change in how we pay for it--in how medication and treatment is commodified. Healthcare needs to honor and promote the health of each person's whole being, not just treat chronic illnesses as cash cows.
The primary principles of Holistic Medicine are to help a person towards a total well being in all domains of their lives: physicial, psychological, emotional, vocational and spiritual. They also help people cultivate appropriate attitudes for personal well-being as well as helping to change life style practices. Of course, life style changes are paramount in the practices of holistic health as is appropriate nutritional practices.