Musings: Greening The Earth

I see a whole lot of uprooting and replanting going on these days as our country undergoes major overhauls in healthcare, energy policy, finances, transportation, retail, housing, education, national security. Healthcare needs fixing; the costs are too high to cover the numbers of people who need treatment, so either we need less expensive treatment or we need to stop getting sick. Our roads and bridges are crumbling; but how much do we invest in fixing the old system when we know it’s time to invest in an entirely new energy efficient infrastructure? People losing their jobs, homes, healthcare and retirement savings are forced to rebuild their lives and rethink their futures without the security they thought they could count on, with many turning to an already overly indebted government for assistance.

Everything in America seems to be clamoring for immediate change and attention all at once, perhaps ensuring that the noise is loud enough to get our attention, which it has. A cloud of uncertainty hangs over our future as we grapple with the convergence of these overwhelming and urgent conditions. However history has shown that Americans have the will, ingenuity and resources to thrive robustly under all types of circumstances when we join together in large numbers. Perhaps it’s time to cut the two party political system loose for good; it’s become nothing but a ball and chain holding us hostage to special, long-entrenched interests.

I’m encouraged by the heated public healthcare debate going on around the country. Starting the conversation about change is the only way to make change happen, and Americans are sure to continue to be engaged and listening in on this important topic as it unfolds. Basically, what we are seeing in our healthcare crisis is that the get-sick-get-fixed model of healthcare is not working and is too expensive to provide care for everyone. As is so often the case, necessity is the mother of invention.

It’s time for people to start taking care of themselves to prevent disease, which includes healthier eating, more active living, reducing stress and using complementary alternative healthcare therapies. Although western medicine has scoffed at and blacklisted any type of medicine other than surgery or pharmaceuticals since the early twentieth century, we’re now seeing a resurgence of interest in acupuncture, massage, yoga and tai chi, homeopathy, herbal medicine and the newly emerging fields of energy and vibrational medicine. Whether this is due to the cost squeeze in the current healthcare crisis or people just waking up to the fact that their ancestors cured their own ails for centuries without drugs and surgeries, the movement towards self-care cannot come at a better time.

During an April 29, 2009 town hall meeting in Arnold, MO, President Obama expressed his openness to including complementary and alternative medicine in a U.S. healthcare system.

“We should do what works,” President Obama said. “I think it is pretty well documented through scientific studies that acupuncture, for example, can be very helpful in relieving certain things like migraines and other ailments, or at least as effective as more intrusive interventions….I think one basic principle that we know is that the more we do on the prevention side, the more we can obtain serious savings down the road,” he added after commenting directly on acupuncture. He also stressed the importance of changing the current logic of the healthcare system, which focuses only on reducing costs in the near-term.

Healing from within, the way our bodies naturally heal, is the only healthcare system guaranteed not to have side effects or turn against us in some mutated form. While the ancient, re-emerging field of energy and vibrational medicine is slowly making some headway into the news with information about how the body can heal itself, our human consciousness is still catching up with the evolution of this radical new concept, a process that Dean Radin aptly describes in the first chapter of his book The Conscious Universe (HarperCollins, 1997):

“In science, the acceptance of new ideas follows a predictable, four-stage sequence. In Stage 1, skeptics confidently proclaim that the idea is impossible because it violates the Laws of Science. This stage can last from years to centuries, depending on how much the idea challenges conventional wisdom. In Stage 2, skeptics reluctantly concede that the idea is possible, but it is not very interesting and the claimed effects are extremely weak. Stage 3 begins when the mainstream realizes that the idea is not only important, but its effects are much stronger and more pervasive than previously imagined. Stage 4 is achieved when the same critics who used to disavow any interest in the idea begin to proclaim that they thought of it first. Eventually, no one remembers that the idea was once considered a dangerous heresy.”

As we focus our attention on healthcare and bring responsibility for our health back into our own hands, we will also be inspired to care for the health of the environment around us. The more we learn about what’s healthy for our bodies, the more we’ll shift our purchases of food and household products to be non-toxic and sustainable for the planet. And the more likely we will be to take care of and advocate for the planet that gives us the food, air, light and water we need to live. The current healthcare system is disease-focused and fueled by fear of being left out. The green revolution in healthcare gives you the green light to step out of that box and put healthcare back into your own hands. It’s time to start replanting America with the independence and creativity of doers whose small, insignificant everyday choices are seeding the earth now for the decades to come.

Carol Bedrosian is publisher and editor of Spirit of Change Magazine. She can be reached at carol@spiritofchange.org