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Books on Healing

The two Merck texts reflect the current state of knowledge of biomedicine.

The two books by Micozzi discuss complementary medicine and the link between emotions and the body.

The two books by Gerber link body, mind and the etheric or vibrational bodies.

On Paradigms in Healthcare

Heather wrote a guest editorial for a journal about changing paradigms and bringing soul into healthcare and actuarial thinking. The material applies equally to those in the healthcare and healing professions.

"We are in the midst of a change in paradigms in understanding health and disease and hence the forms of healthcare that are used for treatment.

We are moving away from healthcare that was developed in the west in a biomedical paradigm, a Newtonian paradigm.

We are moving rapidly to a new paradigm based on Einsteinian thinking and one of humans as energy beings—body, mind and spirit."

Healing and the Physical Body

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Western healthcare in the late 20th and early 21st century has largely remained in a paradigm based on a Newtonian worldview. While mind-body medicine is now well accepted, only a few pioneers begin to envisage what an Einsteinian worldview means for medicine. A growing number of healthcare practitioners, hospitals and healthcare funders are now openly talking of mind-body-soul and bringing spirit into medicine.

The world view of most complementary therapies, if anything unites them, is a belief in vitalism.

"Vitalism has a long history in medical philosophies: most traditional healing practices posited that disease results from some imbalance in the vital energies that distinguish living from non-living matter. In the Western tradition founded by Hippocrates, these vital forces were associated with the four temperaments and humours; Eastern traditions posited similar forces such as qi and prana. It is often contrasted to reductionism, the more mechanistic approach."

~ Wikipedia on Vitalism

This healing section of our website is a work in progress.

The substances and therapies that some call "vibrational medicine", like homeopathy, tissue salts and flower remedies, are the first pages in this section.

We envisage it will also have pages on the worldview of particular traditional systems of healing, like Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Unani-Tibb Medicine. We also plan to include African Traditional Medicine and Rongoa Māori, Māori traditional healing.

Ma te wa, when it is time.

Understanding the worldview that shaped biomedicine

"A worldview is a network of presuppositions which is not verified by the procedures of natural science but in terms of which every aspect of man’s knowledge and experience is interpreted and interrelated."

~ Wikipedia

Heather writes: A particularly good read and one of my favourite books is Passion of the Western Mind by Richard Tarnas. If I could take only one book to the proverbial desert island it would be this one.

"Worldviews are the filters through which people see and sense the world and their place in it. A worldview is an organization of beliefs and perspectives that shapes how individuals perceive the world around them and what they accept as true."

~ Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)