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What Will The Neighbors Say?

Yesterday, I noticed a large square rock in my neighbor’s yard. I wondered if he had it positioned where he did in order to use it as a place to sit -- a beautiful, yet uncomfortable chair. I imagined using it as a coffee table in my new office, if he would let me have it. It would go well with my polished cement floors. Then again, if I could place one of my cross sculptures on the rock, it could serve as an altar and signal a holy place of worship in his garden. These simple imaginative exercises lead me to an enlightened state of mind, not the enlightenment of salvation, the enlightment that everything is contextual. I realized that the rock hadn’t change a bit; I had changed its identity to fit a specific scheme.

As I followed the path of enlightenment, I recognized that all of us are who we are, and what we believe, as a result of some sort of cognitive construction. What we believe will make us healthy and happy is a result of constructing healthiness and happiness in our minds. We gather data from our parents, friends and neighbors. As we assemble ourselves, we pay the most attention to those who are most important to us. Many times, we disregard our intuitive feelings in the process, and that only serves to help us ignore our true selves. Humans are feeling machines that think, not thinking machines that feel.

I have helped many people who have constructed themselves in manners extremely distant from their authentic selves. They have wandered so far from nature, and their personal human nature, that they have become ill. What seems to be a common unhealthy theme among many of my patients is a belief that they have dominion over nature, instead of being a part of nature. Their individual healthy unfoldment continues to be significantly altered by accepting others’ convincing ideas and thoughts that are not in accord with their individual relationship with nature. Often the proposed ideas may be widely accepted and popular, but not truly healthy at all. Nowhere has the progressive diminution of health been greater than in the industrialized Westernized medicine practiced in America. Health cannot be bought, it must be lived.

There is an impermanence in physician practice habits passed down over time in the healing arts; this phenomenon is fortunate. More and more people are projecting their personal beliefs associated with appropriate healthcare onto providers in the healthcare system. More and more patients are conflicted with their doctors’ treatment plans; because they themselves have researched their illness on the internet and discovered vastly different opinions about treatment options (expressed by practitioners of many diverse healing structures) outside of and within Western medicine.

Seeking alternates is a natural response to any proposed health care solution that seems out of place or untruthful. Moreover, people realize that the statistics associated with those who practice evidence-based-medicine are not really proving efficacy with treatments associated with their personal illness, or group of illnesses. Many people have reconstructed what they believe is healthy by becoming more primal in their approach to life – and in multiple aspects of their worlds. There are innumerable natural ways to stay healthy. The more these ideas become acceptable, the more everyone will benefit.

In the same way I viewed the rock through a multifaceted contextual lens, people are viewing their health in abundant contextual varieties; and the views that are most consistent with their own personal human nature are the ones that work best for them -- irrespective of what the neighbors might say.

Posted by Katie Reed at 10:47 AM
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