Musings: The Original Healing Tradition
Perhaps there was a time even earlier than our recorded history where we lived in perfect health — the original health condition.
It’s the path of least resistance or the simplest solution to a problem that’s most often the best one. Healthcare is no exception. “First, do no harm,” the bedrock of ethical medicine, hails from the earliest thinkers of healing science who saw the wisdom of good medicine in letting things be; intervene only when absolutely necessary.
Life is filled with horrifying, amazing and inspiring accounts of physical endurance; bodies broken beyond repair, then healed; prisoners of war, torture and disaster victims surviving and recovering without medical intervention; patients healing from stage four cancer solely through diet and lifestyle changes or experiencing spontaneous remission through prayer; Harvard Medical School researchers publishing confirmation that, yes, your belief can cure you — the placebo effect is real.
We must ask ourselves: If some bodies are capable of healing from within and disease remission without sophisticated medical treatment, what are the chances that every body is similarly endowed? Why would they not be?
For thousands of years before the advent of modern surgery and drugs, people relied on ancient healing systems that were so effective many have endured to this day — Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, acupuncture, qigong, martial arts, herbal medicine and shamanism, to name just a few. All include a strong spiritual or energetic healing component, unlike our own modern medicine where those non-empirical elements have no standing because they cannot be measured, recorded and analyzed. By merging spirit and matter in their medical understanding, did these ancient healers have access to secrets of self-healing that we are only just beginning to explore today?
According to Buckminster Fuller, the American author, futurist and inventor, “Everything you’ve learned in school as ‘obvious’ becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid.” With all of our impressive research and scientific understanding about how the human body functions, it may be that the ancients knew something even more important about how we heal. Perhaps there was a time even earlier than our recorded history where we lived in perfect health — the original health condition — and this blueprint for living balanced in body, mind and spirit is encoded in our DNA.
In a state of perfect health, not only the body, but the mind and spirit, too, are sustainably self-renewing. Healthy nutritious food and clean water feeds mitochondrial DNA. Plenty of exercise, fresh air and sunshine strengthens the body’s moving parts and eliminates wastes. A positive outlook cultivates a healthy personality, where one voluntarily contributes to making the world a better place. Perfect health not only creates healthy bodies but a healthy world as well; isn’t this exactly the kind of world we all are looking to live in?
In Dark Light Consciousness this issue, psychologist Edward Bynum reveals how our brains are ingeniously engineered to evolve toward the light of this intelligence, as various traditions throughout history have already discovered. Just because we have not experienced it, does not mean it doesn’t exist. Cultivating perfect health is as much a possibility in our world as suffering with poor health or enjoying wellness. It’s up to us to revive this original healing tradition.
Carol Bedrosian is the publisher of Spirit of Change holistic magazine. Visit www.spiritofchange.org.