Our job is to open the doorways to change. To do so we’ll need a guided tour of the virtual realm where reality is infinitely changeable. In reviewing this work, I am at times reminded of sitting in a vast planetarium with the astronomer-guide leading me on a journey through the heavens as they unfold in splendor before my eyes.
I must confess that at times even I have difficulty understanding some of what I was reading . I found myself rereading sentences, or even whole paragraphs, over and over until I was satisfied I understood what I was explaining. In fact, the harder I struggled to pin down what I was reading, the more elusive this understanding became. Finally I realized, I wasn’t just reading the material, I was trying to change it to conform to my own perception of reality. Once I understood this, I relaxed and actually began enjoying what I was reading. To my amazement, I also understood it much better. I am reminded of the Beatles’ lyric: “Turn off your mind, relax and float down stream.” So I urge the reader to enjoy the ride as I lead us on an amazing journey through the mind-body continuum and the collective mind we all seem to sense but often have no words to describe. In Beyond Medicine I hope to provide the words, the pictures, and the road map to follow, while navigating this journey on your own.
In Health, Dr D
Basically, reality is actually fluid and changeable. Within the virtual realm of our consciousness, reality is pretty much what you choose to make it. Not just your interpretation of reality, but reality itself. This means that with respect to the body-mind connection, what you think becomes what you feel and what you believe becomes who you are. We have all heard things like this coming from sources such as Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in “The Power of Positive Thinking,” as well as from numerous self-help gurus and get-rich-quick hucksters. The end product is that we come away thinking that people can convince themselves of pretty much anything, if they want to. There is a thread of truth running through all of these diverse sources. The net effect has been to condition us to believe that it is all just pretending, and that reality is reality still just, well…reality. Thus, we each stay within the static and unyielding versions of who we are and what we can and cannot feel. Comforted in this familiarity, we are isolated from change.
In Health, Dr. D
There is a revolution going on in American healthcare today. I am not talking about the technological advances that are bringing us more amazing treatments for illnesses, or the extraordinary new medical imaging devices that allow doctors to view inside virtually any area of our bodies. Neither am I referring to the explosive progress in the field of genetics that has cracked the human genome and soon promises cures for diseases for which no effective treatments exist.
I am talking about the revolution in alternative health. This term encompasses much more than alternative practices such as acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. It goes well beyond vitamins and herbs, visualization techniques, and aromatherapy. It fundamentally involves a profound change in the way Americans perceive their own health and the established medical healthcare system.
Americans no longer trust their healthcare system. They have come to question what their doctors and the medical establishment have been telling them all these years: things they have always accepted on faith without questioning. Increasingly, they see their physicians as being too busy to take a personal interest in their health. They recognize a medical establishment that has shown itself to be all too eager to sell them on the latest prescription drug or invasive procedure, only to take their money and run. All too often, they find themselves left with no substantive improvement in their health. Worse yet, they are plagues with the harmful side effects of medication or surgical complications, which lead to the necessity of greater reliance on a healthcare system that failed them in the first place. Ultimately, they find themselves left with a bewildering array of healthcare choices and no one they can trust to for help in navigating this maze.
People are taking more responsibility for their health. They are becoming informed consumers when it comes to their healthcare choices. They are looking beyond conventional medicine for answers to their healthcare needs. This, area beyond medicine, is sometimes referred to as alternative health, or complimentary medicine. But it is much more than just that. It is the world of all things implied in these terms, to be sure. But more fundamentally, it is a world of choices, which give us far greater freedoms and almost frighteningly complex options to control our own health potential, and ultimately our own lives. Traversing this world leads to a new way of perceiving ourselves, our bodies, and our relationship with the world around us. The old models of living the American dream, getting regular check-ups with the family doctor, and growing old gracefully no longer seem to be relevant. People are seeking to redefine their relationship with this world of health choices, but they are finding it difficult to know where to begin, what it is that they really want, or what they truly need.
This blog explores this world beyond medicine. We begin by exploring the nature of reality and the realms that define our relationship with the world around and within us. You might wonder what a philosophical discussion like this has to do with illness and health, The answer is everything.
“The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.” – Jean Kerr, author
Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others. And so, I offer this blog to you, dedicated to the thousands of pilgrims roaming the paths of self-directed wellness. So, too, I dedicate this blog to the unwell that have yet to recognize that they cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. And finally, I dedicate this blog to my greatest teacher, the one and the many without whom none of this would be possible.
My agenda for presenting the material contained within the pages of this blog is to provoke thoughtful insight and stimulate awareness. In so doing, it is my hope that each person who reads this blog will seek to aspire to his or her own personal best. To alter your experience consciously and deliberately, you must know three things. First you must recognize where you are. Secondly, you must know where you want to be. And thirdly, you must know how to get from here to there. The purpose of this blog is to provide you with the tools for accomplishing all three of these goals.
In dedicating this blog to you, I pass along the task of exploring the information herein with nothing more than your attention and an open mind. Having done that, I challenge you to choose what is appropriate for your life and apply it. Similarly, I propose that you discard that which does not resonate true for you. In either case, I remind you that he who hesitates is not only lost, but is miles from the next exit.
I offer you the tools for transformation, extracted from my own personal and professional life experience. This is a reference manual for looking at things differently.
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