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Every time you can offer gratitude for all that you have been given you are setting the theme of your life. Give thanks for the simple things in life…for the beauty of nature, for the love of a friend, a songbird in the early spring morning, dancing gardens of flowers, the aroma of a home cooked meal, the touch of a child’s hand, the “welcome home” greeting of your pet. Choose to be a grateful person, and you will discover divine surprises knocking on the door of your heart. Mesiter Eckhart said, “if the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you’, that would suffice.”
Gratitude expands the heart center. Gratitude is a way of receiving and giving blessings. Gratitude changes your perception of the world around you. Gratitude creates miracles. Expressing gratitude creates a wonderful, sweet humility within your soul. Gratitude says, “there is more to life than I can possible take in at any given moment.”
Beliefs are what we tell ourselves about the nature of life and everything in life. Beliefs are our assumed truths. Beliefs are our assumptions and perceptions, but often are not actually true. That’s disturbing isn’t it? Beliefs and reality are not necessarily the same. That’s why it is so important to choose to be aware of what you truly believe, and not just mimic the attitudes of others around you.
Beliefs are our ideas about life that are actually seeded in our consciousness from a very early age and will bear the fruits of that idea throughout our life…unless and until they are challenged, i.e. not bearing the fruits that we expect. Our beliefs are either empowering or limiting, and for most of us they are limiting because we have only a glimmer of understanding about the ultimate nature of pure reality.
It really does seem that everything is a separate entity, doesn’t it? We do seem so different from other people. Even in our inner body, all our organs really do seem to be just parts. It is hard to imagine wholeness. It’s hard to realize that everything is intricately woven together in an unseen matrix that represents the background of all existence. Can you imagine what our universe would look like if it just was a patchwork of parts that had no connecting link? Maybe like the novice auto mechanic who has dissembled a car and all the parts were lying on the garage floor with no resemblance of their former whole car.
To see wholeness everywhere we have to practice seeing the pattern of wholeness.
Look at a flower. It has parts: the petals, stamen, anther, pistil, sepals, but they could not make the flower without each other…none can stand alone as “flower.”
Going beyond nature, we can see wholeness in human communities. What does it take to create a community? Schools, a government of some sort, police, fire fighters, businesses, homes, people who make the community work…none alone is a town or city.
No one can live your life for you. No other person or group can make the decisions that are only yours to make. Taking responsibility for yourself is owning and claiming your own life. Responsibility means having the ability to respond to life and not just react. It means you are alive. If you are alive, you have the capacity to be responsible for your thoughts, words, actions and your life.
When you were a baby, a young child, a growing adolescent, your responsibilities were few. I guess you might say the baby’s responsibility was to cry or otherwise let its needs be known to those who cared for him. As you became older and could talk you began to be expected to take a certain amount of responsibility for getting your needs met. During the growing years of maturation in adolescence, you were asked to be responsible for your actions and to obey the basic rules of your family and society. Being responsible implied you had a certain duty and obligation to be an integral part of your world in such a way that you did your share, you did what needed to be done by you to experience a good, health and happy life.
Yes, we all face stress everyday, but how well we respond to it is something that can be learned. Actually, stress is something that appears to be out of your control. Our goal then is to learn healthy tools to adapt to stressors such as:
- Marital discord
- Unhappy work situations
- Lack of adequate financial resources
- Problems with your children
- Working too much
- Dealing with health challenges
- Chronic pain
- Fear of loss
- And many other external factors that are beyond personal control
Stress has an impact on your physical, mental and emotional states.
When we examine the human body, we see that stress has a huge impact on all organ systems, especial the nervous system. Our autonomic nervous system (ANS) is like a central processing unit made up of the sympathetic branch and the parasympathetic branch that plays an important role in how your body performs under stress.
Most people believe their genes determine their health and their susceptibility to get sick and suffer from diseases. This belief is so strong that people who buy into this actually often succumb to developing what they think are inherited and therefore, unavoidable disease states. Your beliefs really do create your reality, but you can question and challenge those beliefs with new information about how this wonderful body of yours actually functions.
For a little background information let’s go back to Darwin who, in his book, The Origin of Species, suggested hereditary factors passed from parent to child control the characteristics of an individual’s life. Then came the discovery of the DNA double helix, the material of which genes are made. DNA became the master of our fate…physically, mentally, and emotionally. It was our defective genes that caused all our problems and played havoc with the health of our bodies. After much research and greater understanding of the role of DNA in our physiology, we now know that DNA is not the supreme controller of our biology.
Health is really our nature state. It isn’t something to be gained, but a state of being to be realized. Most of us have not yet attained an experience of our full and true innate wholeness because of:
• our beliefs about our mind, body and spirit
• our attitudes held about life
• how we choose the life styles that we embrace
• polluted, toxic environments where, unfortunately, we often find ourselves living
Health is an inner state of wellbeing, free from dis-eases that seem to escalate everyday. This list of diseases has expanded beyond belief, especially in the last few decades. Disease is NOT natural even though it occurs in astronomical numbers in our human family. As a physician my goal and purpose is to lift the consciousness of those who come to me for healing to the realization of the phenomenal capacity of the body to always heal itself if and as it is given the vital support needed by how we live. That means we really do have a choice about the state of our health.
What exactly is an addiction? It seems to be the latest buzzword for our dysfunctional society. It is basically having no control over something you are doing, taking or using. Anything that causes a dependency or automatic reaction can be considered an addiction. In other words, it is a habit gone haywire, out of your control.
I bring this up because we have become an addictive society. We are addicted to quick fixes in our health care. The latest pills for the psychological problems that are part of everyday human life are advertised constantly on TV and other media. So the list of “treatable” conditions has grown exponentially. Of course, the pharmaceutical industry loves this because the more “need” we have to control our behavior and emotions, the more money is made rolling out new drugs. Does that disturb you a little? I hope so.
Dr. Joan Sloss asks Dr. Wanda Bedinghaus some important questions about the effectveness of homeopathic medicine. Dr. Bedinghaus presents several cured cases using only homeopathic medicine.
I am a physician dedicated to assisting my patients in gaining the highest level of health possible. I love my work; I love the people I serve. I have been in the profession of medicine for over 4 decades. I’ve tried to grow and learn new approaches to helping people heal.
Fourteen years ago I finally made the decision to practice holistic medicine. I discovered homeopathy, a most amazing scientific method of healing, and have been practicing homeopathy ever since. I have not been able to help everyone who comes to see me. A few months ago I wrote a blog about the obstacles to healing. Like any dedicated physician, I want to find those obstacles and help my patients remove them.
As a homeopathic physician, in spite of due diligence in finding the most helpful homeopathic remedy, sometimes the patients I see don’t have the healing response that I expected. I ask myself why? According to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in the Organon of Medicine, “…if the physician, in each case, knows the obstacles to cure and how to remove them, so that recovery is permanent, then he knows how to treat thoroughly and efficaciously, and a is a true physician.”
In our modern world, the list of “obstacles to cure” are growing fast. Let’s take a look at a few of these:
• Unrelenting stress
• Beliefs and attitudes
• Poor nutrition
• Sedentary life style
• Addictions to substances such a nicotine, alcohol, drugs
• Overuse of pharmaceutical drugs
(From the book, “The Homeopathic Revolution”: Why famous people and cultural heroes choose homeopathy” by Dana Ullman.)
In the beginning of this book, there is a quote I will share with you:
“I believe what prevents men from accepting the homeopathic principles is ignorance, but ignorance is criminal when human lives are at stack. No honest man faced with the facts of homeopathy can refuse to accept it. He has no choice. When I had to face it, I had to become a follower. There was no choice if I were to continue to be an honest man…Truth always demands adherence and offers no alternative.” From Sir John Weir, physician to six monarchs, including 4 generations of British monarchs.
There are many people around the globe who have embraced homeopathy as their healing modality. Please read Dana Ullman’s wonderful book.
Millions of people around the world for the past 200 plus years have been healed with this wonderful scientific system of healing known as Homeopathy. Take a look at just a few.
Patient with chronic sinusitis: This man had suffered from chronic sinus infections for years, and had to take antibiotics almost constantly. After the initial consultation, I studied and found a remedy that best matched his whole being. He took the remedy several times over months and gradually the episodes of sinus infections began to subside. After about 9 months, he no longer had recurrences. He has gone about 2 years now without needing an antibiotic.
AN EXCITING RECENT ARTICLE IN HUFFINGTON POST: “DR. LUC MONTAGNIER, A FRENCH VIROLOGIST AND WINNER OF THE 2008 NOBEL PRIZE FOR DISCOVERING THE AIDS VIRUS, HAS SURPRISED THE SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY WITH HIS STRONG SUPPORT FOR HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE” Posted Jan. 30, 2011, Huffington Post
In a remarkable interview published in Science magazine of December 24, 2010, (1) Professor Luc Montagnier, has expressed support for the often maligned and misunderstood medical specialty of homeopathic medicine. Although homeopathy has persisted for 200+ years throughout the world and has been the leading alternative treatment method used by physicians in Europe, (2) most conventional physicians and scientists have expressed skepticism about its efficacy due to the extremely small doses of medicines used.
“I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions (used in homeopathy) are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules.”
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a German physician, is the founder of homeopathy. While the fundamental principle of homeopathy, “Like cures Likes,” had been used by Hippocrates and others before him, Dr. Hahnemann brought this principle to practical application.
I think it is important that you know a little about this amazing man. Hahnemann was brilliant, as are so many people in the history of scientific discovery and development. He began his medical career at a time when “modern medicine” was using very toxic methods on people. He gave up the practice of medicine because he claimed that the medicine of his time did as much harm as good:
“My sense of duty would not easily allow me to treat the unknown pathological state of my suffering brethren with these unknown medicines. The thought of becoming in this way a murderer or malefactor towards the life of my fellow human beings was most terrible to me, so terrible and disturbing that I wholly gave up my practice in the first years of my married life and occupied myself solely with chemistry and writing.“
Something happens to distune the vital energy of the person. It could be a belief system: “My father had a heart attack at age 40 so I am afraid I will, too.”Stress, either mental, emotional or physical can distune our energy system. Infections, injuries can also cause an imbalance in our system.
I deeply believe the cause of almost all our illnesses is Thought.
In my previous blog I introduced the idea of holism and individuality because it is vital to understanding homeopathy. It is not necessary that you understand homeopathy as a scientific system of healing, but it is important that you understand that when you take a homeopathic remedy, it is affecting your whole being for the purpose of stimulating your body’s innate capacity to heal itself. Conventional medicine cannot do this. Prescription drugs suppress symptoms and cannot stimulate the healing response. Most of the prescription drugs are anti-something…against something. Listen to the words you hear from conventional medicine: war on cancer, attack the infection, kill the cancer cells, battle the disease…etc. I’m not sure why anyone would want to go to war against his or her own precious body.
For many years I have wanted to practice a more holistic medicine. I knew something was missing in my conventional pediatric medical practice. I was writing prescriptions but not taking the whole person into consideration. I grew more and more dissatisfied with medicine…enough so that I sold my practice and went to seminary. After 4 years of ministry I felt this tremendous call to return to medicine, but this time, it had to be in a more holistic way.
I met a homeopathic physician, and what he told me about homeopathy astonished me. I knew I needed to learn more about this amazing scientific system of healing. I searched for a training program that would prepare me for the practice of homeopathy. I flew to Minneapolis monthly for 3 years to attend the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy… and began my homeopathy practice here in Lakewood in 2000.
Why is homeopathy so powerful as a healing therapy?
As a pediatrician I am committed to, not only protecting but also helping our children, lead a happy and fulfilling life. As a medical professional it has always and will always be my primary concern: First do no harm. When we look at the medical environment for our children, we see that many drugs are being prescribed that have not been adequately (or not tested at all in children) evaluated for the safe use in children. Many drugs being prescribed today are for reasons that are called “off label.” That means the drugs have not been tested for efficacy or safety for our children.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, some 64 million Americans suffer from sleep disturbances: the inability to fall asleep, stay asleep or waking too early. Poor sleep dramatically affects your life, and can lead to disruptions at work and home. Inadequate sleep can lead to a disturbance in your metabolism and your physiology. Not getting a restful night of sleep can affect your ability to think clearly and to focus your attention. It also causes irritability and an inability to be fully present to the daily activities of your life. We need to sleep: to rest, to give time for our cells to renew and repair; and to be refreshed and ready to be creative in all our endeavors.
If insomnia is fracturing your life, think Homeopathy! Homeopathy is a safe, natural and effective holistic remedy for your sleep problems. In every homeopathic consultation, your homeopathic professional will inquire into your sleep habits. Listening carefully to how you describe your symptoms, your homeopath will pay attention to every detail of how, what, when, where you experience the disturbance in your energy system.
Integrative medicine is the current trend and the prevailing answer to our enormous healthcare crisis. The recent buzz words on how to over haul our health care system rarely mention prevention, true prevention, as the key to the overwhelming epidemic of chronic disease. Prevention means we have to look at the fundamental or root cause of the diseases that plague society and make necessary changes to correct the problem.
Costs are escalating beyond our wildest imagination, along with the rising incidence of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It all boils down to this: we are in trouble, and must implement a solution to the rampant escalation of chronic diseases. Our country ranks 37th in the quality of its health care system according to the World Health Organization, however we spend twice as much per person as any other developed country. A phenomenal number of Americans, 48 million, don’t have insurance and those who do realize they don’t have enough.
All my life I wanted to be a doctor. I was fascinated with science and how things worked. The desire to help people was foremost in my young mind. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. As I dedicated myself to diligent study, the intention to enter the medical profession never left me. In medical school I was drawn to children so the choice to become a pediatrician was a given.
When I finished my residency in Pediatrics, I started a solo practice in Plano, Texas. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was just “putting out fires”, and not really making the impact on the young lives that I so longed to make. I finally got to the point where I could not write one more prescription for Ritalin. I knew something was missing from my doctor tools. After years of searching for that “missing” healing tool, I made the decision to leave medicine and explore other options. I went to seminary and became a minister.