Sunday, January 1, 2012
The image above is the cadudeus- it is the modern symbol of the AMA- the American Medical Association. This image is also a representation of the Chakra system in the human body- the part of us that is energy. Where the snakes criss cross are chakras- major intersections of energy lines, where the snakes meet is the 6th chakra- the 3rd eye where the 2 energy lines that the snakes represent, ida and pingala, merge and the center staff is the central line of energy- sushumna. We can reasonably conclude from this image that at one point, healers in the west knew about chakras and energy and used that knowledge for healing. The vintage medical term and concept humours are part of that past knowledge. I can easily see how when scientists began to learn about viruses, bacteria and the like, that doctors chose to let go of this knowledge and methods in favor of all the new wonderful things they were now able see under microscopes. Only recently do we have holistic physicians who are choosing to practice medicine using a fusion of the old knowledge and the new.
Dr. Joseph Campbell taught mythology and the power of myth for the bulk of his lifetime. He taught that the truths that we discover in myths come from the study of the symbols and metaphors in the myth rather than looking at the story of the myth literally- he even believed it was a perversion of myth to study the stories literally. Trying to use energetic methods of healing alone for say, a broken bone, is a perversion of the energetic method and using modern western medicine alone is just as foolhardy. Both systems work best when they are practiced together- using wisdom and techniques from both models.
What causes stomach ulcers?
For years scientists and doctors thought that stomach and intestinal ulcers were caused by stress, eating spicy foods or drinking too much alcohol. But in 1982, two Australian doctors discovered that H. pylori, a bacterium that lives in the lining of the stomach can cause what is known as peptic ulcer disease.
BUT, it turns out that h. pylori infection is common in 2/3 of the world's population and most people will never experience negative symptoms.
The holistic view for the cause of stomach ulcers is that both theories are true- they are caused by a bacterium AND something compromised the immune system enough for negative symptoms to manifest. Holistic healing would address both systems- physical and energetic.
The same could be said for any illness including the common cold. We know from modern science that colds are caused by viruses but not everyone who is exposed to the virus will develop a cold. This is where the building of health and wellness comes in which is integral to energetic methods versus the focus on cessation of negative symptoms which is integral to western medicine. The efficiency of immune system can be cultivated - making it better at discerning what to let in and what to keep out of the system.
This week in the shala we'll be practicing a flow through the chakras- developing the energy system of the body for healing and we'll learn some methods for cultivating the clarity of vision that comes with balancing the 3rd eye chakra.
Posted by Shri Hamilton-Hubbard at 10:13 AM