Second part of a paper By John Kapp firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 417997
This paper continues the theme of a paper dated 5th June 2006 entitled PARADIGM SHIFT FROM MATERIALISM TO HOLISM - ENABLING INTEGRATION OF COMPLEMENTARY THERAPY INTO THE NHS describing the benefits to patients’ understanding of their disease that would accrue if their doctors became more holistic. It examines 9 assumptions which come from doctors’ materialistic, reductionist, mechanistic paradigm summarised in the table below. It shows the greater explanatory power of the holistic approach to the same problem, leading to better understanding, and perhaps healing.
| Name of assumption
|| Materialistic paradigm
|| Holistic paradigm
||Does not exist
||Is your higher self
|2 Metaphor for People
||Robotic Tin men
||Goldfish bowl of cells
|3 Cause of disease
||Invasion by alien organism
||Faulty software programming
|4 Need of disease
||You got it by chance
||Why did you choose and need it
||Copied in loyalty to an ancestor
|6 Subtle energy
||Varies with astrological transits
||Most are irreversible
||May be reversible
||May be counter-productive
||End of everything, a failure
|| Change of dwelling of the soul
Assumption 1 The soul does not exist (your soul is your higher self)
The conventional ‘scientific’ paradigm (unstated, underlying belief system) does not believe in the soul.(but is silent as to the source of your life. The holistic paradigm believes that your soul gives your body life, as it carries with it the subtle energy of your life force. The soul is not an object, and can only be studied subjectively, so can only be described in metaphor or parable. The Vedic scriptures use the metaphor of the charioteer for the soul, the chariot being the body.
An ancient parable speaks of the soul being all seeing, but without motive power (like a lame man) whereas the body has legs but is blind (spiritually, like the horses of the chariot who can avoid obstacles, but do not know where they are going, and need direction, (like a blind man) These two ‘men’ got caught in a forest fire, and to save themselves were forced to co-operate. The blind man (body) carried the lame but sighted man (soul) on his shoulders, who directed both to safety.
Conclusion 1 You should recognise your soul as separate from your body (and your mind) as the driver who should be directing your life into enjoyment with the same co-operation as in the above parable.
Assumption 2 People are robotic tin-men (cf intelligent collections of cells like goldfish)
The mechanistic paradigm sees people as machines, (tinmen) who are manufactured at birth, fed, grow, work, and eventually wear out, so that they are scrapped. It is silent about how the tinman came to life. This is a gift which nobody asks for or deserves, and everybody takes for granted.. Doctors’ silence about the gift of life can give rise to a life-denying hopelessness, summed up as ‘life is a ‘sexually transmitted, degenerative condition which is always terminal’.
The holistic view acknowledges the mystery and wonder of life with gratitude. It sees people as souls or ‘higher selves’ incarnated in their bodies. The life force creates order placing every molecule in the body (of which there are squillions) in the right place at the right time all the time
The adult body comprises about 100 trillion cells, (like goldfish) swimming around in about 12 gallons (50 litres, weighing 50 kg) of water. Each cell is alive because it is receiving the life force, and is said by those who have studied it to be more complicated than London. It is intelligent and in constant communication to every other cell. When a movement is called for by the mind (intention, say flight or fight) billions of cells act together to contract a muscle, like a flock of birds moving together in harmony, initiated by a morphic field from the brain.
The co-ordination of cells is like that of a well disciplined army, but at incomprehensible speeds (eg a ballerina dancing) Apart from the intention to dance, the conscious mind is not required in this process. The soul (operator) takes over the control of the muscles, as it does with all bodily functions (eg digestion).
The idea that I am a collection of cells in a goldfish bowl helps me in the following ways. It emphasises the importance of water, and my need to drink 2 litres per day to detoxify and refresh the water in which they are swimming. It helps me to see pain and tension in parts of my body as the goldfish there are in difficulty. The adrenalin reaction turns the goldfish into an angry swarm of bees. Fighting infection turns them into an army on the march. Relaxation and meditation turns them into the placid ones seen in bowls, with no agendas.
Conclusion 2 Seeing yourself as a goldfish bowl of cells (rather than a robotic tinman) encourages you to look after your water (70% of you) and drink enough (2 litres per day) to keep it fresh, and alkaline, by eating mainly fruit and vegetables, and avoiding acidic foods like cheese and red meat.(1).and stress.
Assumption 3 Disease is an invasion by an alien organism (cf faulty software)
Patients often ask doctors ‘what is the cause of my disease? One common answer given is ‘hereditary’, This answer does not help you much. Even less helpful is ‘idiopathic’ which is a scientific way of saying that they don’t know. Moreover, most do not want to know, because they have a vested interest in not knowing. The only way to cure anything is to find and remove the cause. If the patient knows the cause, they could remove it and get better, and the doctor would lose them as a patient.
The holistic view is best expressed by the metaphor of a computer. The body is the hardware, the mind is the software the soul is the operator, and the spirit is the internet by which souls relate to each other and communicate.
A few diseases are caused by bacterial or viral infections, but the majority are not. The purpose of symptoms is to tell your operator (soul or higher self) to make you change your life style, eg to get out of a ‘soul-destroying’ job or relationship, which weakens your immune system and makes you ill.
Dis-ease is ‘all in the mind’ ie faulty initial programming in your software. Your mind (ego) has usurped the place of your operator, and is trying to run your life according to its agenda, and is not listening to the still small voice of your soul.
Disease can become self perpetuating, because being ill has a ‘secondary gain’, such as the attention that you get by being ill, and the special identity that it confers on you. Who would you be without it? Deep down your ego may not want to be cured, preferring the secondary gains of your disease. This can be a vicious spiral, in which the worse you get, the worse you get.
I have been fortunate to be able to break this spiral through meditation. I have come to see how I have been conditioned (hypnotised) to think negatively about myself. (hating myself, labelling myself as a stupid arshole). Catharting this nonsense out of my system has created space to love and respect myself, which has changed my attitude to everything, and made life much more pleasurable, and me more contented.
Conclusion 3 Welcome symptoms as messengers trying to tell you something that you need to learn for your personal growth and development. Meditate on the meaning, and follow your still small voice.
Assumption 4 You got your disease by chance (why do you need your disease?)
Most patients see themselves as the victim of circumstances, and blame others for their disease. This attitude keeps them stuck. Unfortunately, most doctors tend to reinforce this attitude, seeming to believe that disease happens by chance, random events that just happened to strike you down, but which had nothing to do with anything that you did. Apart from a smoker who gets lung cancer, they do not like to imply that you are responsible for getting it, because they do not want to make you feel guilty.
This apparent concern for your feelings is feigned, and dis-empowers you, because it stops you taking responsibility for yourself.. It empowers them by the idea that they are taking responsibility for you, which flatters their ego. However, it is a trap. Nobody can really take responsibility for anybody else (you are not your brother’s keeper), and the attempt makes doctors eventually burn out and die early.
Holistic therapists accept you as you are, eg a smoker who needed to smoke and got lung cancer as a consequence. They believe that nothing happens by chance, and that you are responsible for what happens to you, and you must carry the consequences, and pay the price of your actions. In other words, you choose your disease. They do not judge or blame you for smoking, which is pointless. They accept the reality of the present situation in order to encourage you to do the same, which is the pre-requisite for healing.
To help you to get out of seeing yourself as a victim, they may ask you ‘Why do you need this disease? What benefits does it give you?’ If you address those questions honestly, you may get answers which enable you to move forward. To illustrate this, I give the following answers to my 6 breakdowns of health.
a) Glandular fever, aged 35. I was stuck in a rut. I was made redundant, had 6 months off to reconsider what I wanted to do, got a job in Brighton and relocated the family in Hove.
b) Osteoporosis and ankolosing spondylitis aged 55 This was a male menopause, while my wife aged 53 was going through her menopause. Again I had to get out of a rut, and needed a few months being ‘wheel clamped’ to rethink where I was going. Discovered alternative therapy, and started on a holistic path, which overturned my conventional mindset (my mother and sister are doctors).
c) Arthritic hip aged 64. My wife Janet was terminally ill and I was doing more for her than my body could take. It made me slow down, without prejudicing her care.
d) Stomach ulcer aged 67 I was doing too much, and was forced to slow down.
e), f), g), Arthritic hip aged 68, 69, 70 I needed periods of ‘wheel clamping’ to make me let go of my previous commitments and meditate more, opening up the right side of my brain and my heart.
Conclusion 4 Beware of seeing yourself as a victim of circumstances, as it is a prison of your own (or your doctor’s) making. Get out by asking yourself why you need your symptoms.
Assumption 5 Your symptoms and disease is yours (They may be your way of showing loyalty to your ancestors)
The most common symptoms and disorders are concerned with eating, namely obesity and addiction to alcohol and drugs. They afflict a high proportion of society, and £billions are spent on trying to get people to change their habits and eat normally. All the effort goes into changing people, but virtually no effort goes into understanding why people eat too much or become addicted. If we don’t know the cause, we are groping in the dark, with little chance of success.
The tinman view of people makes doctors see their patients as ‘islands’, isolated from those around us. The reality is that we are all connected to others in systems, as islands are connected to each other below the surface of the sea. The family is the basic system by which we are connected to others, with tribe, community, club, nation, religion, being others. This is a potentially fruitful area to look for the cause, known as the systemic approach, first adopted by Bert Hellinger some 20 years ago, in a group therapy known as ‘family constellation’.
Other members of the group represent significant relatives (eg parents, grandparents) and are placed by the client.. . The representatives are instructed to follow their impulses. Ideas and feelings come into their minds, such as desire to lie down, move towards or away from others, speak or cry. Thereby a drama is enacted, which is apparently the channelled energy from the souls whom they represent. By this means the subtle or soul’s energy can be revealed publicly.
I have participated as client, representative or observer in hundreds of such constellations. Generalisation is difficult, as each is unique. However, I have seen that many, perhaps most, people copy the diseases of their mother, father, grandmother or grandfather, apparently out of loyalty to that ancestor. It matters not whether they ever knew them in the flesh. Nothing is hidden from the soul.
Personally, I have experienced that at different times I seem to become the energy of my mother, father, and grandparents, which becomes my driving force. When I was unaware of it, it was compulsive. Now that I recognise it, I can choose which of my ancestors I will play today..
Attempting a theoretical generalisation from this, I believe that the alcoholic who is drinking himself to death, is probably identifying (fixated) with say his grandfather, who did the same, and channelling the same energy.
Similarly, the obese teenager may have been conditioned as a ‘terrible two’ in a power struggle with her mother, and forced to eat her food against her will. . In adulthood she misses her mother’s love, and obsessively enacts ‘mum, I’m a good girl, and deserve your love as I am eating up my food’ (but does not know when to stop, as it is compulsive).
Conclusion 5 Family constellation systemic group therapy is a fruitful area , which could give you answers to causes and cures for disease. (2) By doing a family constellation group, the alcoholic and the teenager above might become aware of that energy, and the ‘penny would drop’ about the cause of their habit. They would have the choice of continuing or discontinuing with it, and lose their compulsion.. There are several groups in the Brighton area
Assumption 6 Our subtle energy ought to be constant throughout our lives (cf It is subject to astrological transits as triggers)
Conventional medicine does not speak of subtle energy, so doctors are at a loss as to answer their patients’ questions why the vitality of their life force is so variable.. There is no logical reason why it should be constant with time, and it is an everyday experience that it is not. For an explanation of why not, we have to turn to astrology.
Our vitality naturally follows the diurnal cycle of day and night. It is low when we are asleep, increasing as we wake up, and motivating us to do what we do in the day, and reduces in the evening There is also the monthly cycle of the moon which affects people’s moods, particularly at full moon. There is also the yearly cycle of the seasons. We feel subtly different energies in spring, summer autumn and winter.
There is also the movements of the planets. The so called ‘7 year itch’ is due to the 29 year saturn cycle between its returns to where it was when you were born. After each 7 years it has moved 90 degrees, or a square, (known as a major aspect) thereby changing the energy of your life force. Many people have found a correspondence between a Saturn transit and major event in their life, such as marriage, divorce, moving house, job, creative act, etc.
The other planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, Chiron) in transit or major aspect with where they were in our birth chart can also demonstrably affect our subtle energy. At one time it seems to give us bursts, and at other times ‘knocking us for 6’.These have been scientifically researched for 30 years by Prof Richard Tarnas, and written up in a new 500 page book (4) which shows that astrology can give useful explanations, so should become part of mainstream science and medicine.
I have had 6 breakdowns in my health during my life. I have found that they all correlated with ‘difficult’ transits occurring at the time, which offer an explanation as to why I broke down then. My experience of a ‘heavy ‘ transit is that my energy is affected by a heavy feeling in my limbs, particularly legs, as if my goldfish are on strike, and refuse to carry my body weight, or do what I want them to do. The best word that I can find to describe it is ‘fatigue’ It is so strange a feeling that I would always go to my doctor, who would do tests, find nothing wrong. In 1970 he labelled it ‘glandular fever’ or ‘yuppie flu’. Today it might be called ‘chronic fatigue syndrome’, or ‘ME’.
I was lucky not to be persuaded into having conventional treatment, because within a few months the symptoms subsided and my vitality came back. If I had agreed to take drugs, the side effects might have given me symptoms, for which other drugs might have been prescribed, making me into a permanent drug addict.
Conclusion 6 Patients should consult astrologers to explain the timing of onset of disease before embarking on treatment, particularly operations. The date when the transit has passed can be predicted, which gives you hope that your symptoms might ease then, removing the need for any treatment.
Assumption 7 Conditions are irreversible. (cf many can be reversed )
Doctors tend to say that many conditions are irreversible. For example, I was told that the following were irreversible and degenerative, whereas they have reversed. I attribute this to eating a healthy diet and meditation for 4 hours per week.
a) I was prescribed both reading and driving glasses over 20 years ago, which I have but never wear, so have continued to exercise my eye muscles. My sight is satisfactory, in that I can read a telephone directory, and see distant objects clearly, confirming the adage ‘better sight without glasses’.
b) 5 years ago I saw halos around lights when driving at night, and was told that I had a cateract which would get worse. I have not had my eyes checked since, but have not seen halos for at least 3 years, so believe that my cataract has gone away.
c) 14 years ago I was diagnosed with osteoporosis,, with mineral bone density (MBD) of about 0.7 of normal for my age. I was told that I would degenerate, but with conventional treatment (editronate drugs) it would be slowed, and even increase my density by 5% in 3 years. I had alternative treatment, and my MBD increased 8% in the first year and a further 5% in the next year, .and was back to normal in 4 years, where it has subsequently stayed.
d) 1 year ago I had a flare up of arthritis in my right knee, and was told that it was degenerative, and the only remedy was a knee replacement. This year, the same doctor examined me and found to his amazement that there is no sign of arthritis in that knee.
Doctors have a vested interest in their patients not getting better, (ie having irreversible conditions) because they keep coming back. Hilaire Belloc put it into verse: ‘Saying as they take their fees, there is no cure for this disease.’ This belief empowers the doctor and disempowers the patient, and may be a self-fulfilling prophesy, if the patient believes the doctor, as many do. This is known as the ‘nocebo’ effect (the converse of the placebo effect). The doctor has no hard evidence to back up his prediction, beyond statistics, which may well have been affected by the negative expectations planted by doctors in the past.
How do doctors ‘know’ that your diabetes is irreversible? Why shouldn’t your pancreas recover it’s previous power to create the insulin you need if you stop eating sugar? If you take insulin, you are telling your pancreas that it is redundant, so of course it packs up. It is your choice whether you eat sugar and take insulin, or give up both and live naturally.
Holistic practitioners are not so arrogant as to try to predict the future, and not so cruel as to sow negative thoughts in their patient’s minds. They recognise that no-one can predict the subtle energy and self-healing ability of anyone else, and encourage clients to‘count their blessings.’ And eat healthily.
Conclusion 7 Irreversibility is a negative attitude and limiting belief which patients should not buy into, recognising doctor’s vested interest, summed up in the acronym TWWT, meaning ‘They would, wouldn’t they?’ Even the amputation of a leg and the fitting of an artificial one should be seen as ‘your body has grown a new and better leg’.
Assumption 8 Drugs are the answer.(cf drugs should be minimised, as they may be counterproductive)
The first drug (aspirin) was marketed around 1900, a century ago. Before that mankind flourished without drugs. Today, drugs are the most common conventional treatment. 19 million prescriptions were issued for Seroxat (an antidepressant) in 2005, implying that millions of people are on that one drug. We seem to be a nation of drug addicts, locked into a into a multi £billion pa industry Are we healthier as a result? No, we are sick, and getting sicker every year. Conventional medicine is taking us into a cul de sac.
My personal experience of drugs is limited to Ibuprofen, a NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) available over the counter which I have taken several times for arthritis, (in 1992, 2004, 2005 and 2006.) for up to 6 weeks at a time. It was highly effective in eliminating my inflammatory pain, but masked my symptoms, so that in 1992 I did too much, fell over and broke my back with a compression fracture of an osteoporotic bone. I have used it since with caution, taking only the minimum dose. Even 100mg per day ( one twelfth of the maximum dose) I find effective for up to 24 hours. Even from that dose, I found it hard to withdraw.
All drugs are toxic to the body (ie are poison) which eventually have to be de-toxified, putting additional stress on it when it is already weak. They have powerful effects on the body and sometimes on the mind, some of them unwanted ‘side effects’. They are useful to get you through a crisis, but tend to induce addiction, as the body gets used to them, and may crave the effect.
Doctors usually feel obliged to prescribe them, as they have nothing else to offer. Keeping their patients on drugs is another way in which doctors maintain their power I know a patient who spoke of his ‘stay alive’ pills, as he believed that he would die if he did not take them. This is another limiting belief, which may be without foundation, condemning the patient to being a drug addict for the rest of his life.
Doctors insist on their patients taking drugs as prescribed because they are afraid of being sued. For example, if a doctor prescribes a drug to bring down your blood pressure, but does not insist that you take it at full dose for the rest of your life, and you have a heart attack, the doctor may be liable be sued for negligence. However, if the rise in your blood pressure was caused by transient stress, (eg an income tax demand or a transit see paragraph 6) which has passed, you no longer needs the drug, and may have become a drug addict for nothing.
Holistic practitioners know that the body has a chemist shop infinitely superior to anything man-made. Your endochrine system administers the ideal dose at the right place at the right time. Any drug taken from outside interferes with the natural functioning of your body, so is ultimately counter-productive to your good health.
Conclusion 8 Recognise the doctor/drug company bias, and take drugs only with extreme caution, and minimise their use. If you are on them, reduce the dose and monitor your symptoms, preferably with your doctor’s knowledge and approval, with the ultimate objective of coming off them altogether. If you are on drugs and want to come off them, a holistic practitioner may be able to help you through the difficult process of withdrawal.
Assumption 9 Death is the end of everything (cf death is a change of dwelling for the soul)
Conventional medicine has its roots in the Judaic / Christian belief that we only have one life on this earth, before our soul goes to heaven or hell. This belief was spread by the priests from about 600AD because if empowered them, and dis-empowered their parishioners. Again, TWWT (they would wouldn’t they?) It was part of an unholy alliance between the politicians and the priests to keep the people suppressed. This belief is absent in Eastern countries which are Hindu or Buddhist, where the belief is in re-incarnation, in which the same soul occupies a succession of different bodies, like dwellings, or clothes, in different lives.
The benefit of the western view of death has motivated westerners to strive for technological innovation, rather than the old eastern view of procrastinating and saying, ‘I will do that in my next life’ However, the disadvantage is that it has made westerners afraid of death, making it a taboo subject, whereas easterners see it as no big deal, and nothing to be feared. They may even welcome the idea of exchanging an old, tired body for a new one, after a rest in the afterlife (bardo).
The westerner’s un-natural fear of death spoils their enjoyment of life, and causes much un-necessary suffering. It results in the worst statistics of the NHS, as follows:
a) 3 out of 4 people say that they want to die at home, but only 1 manages it, meaning that half die in the wrong place, hospital, which is not set up for dying, so bed-blocking.. Death is then often a surprise for the relatives, who feel angry and complain. The body is whisked off to the mortuary, where viewing may be difficult and un-natural, so that relatives cannot be with it as they would at home, hindering their grieving process.
b) 90% of the healthcare budget is spent on prolonging the last 10% of life. This is a gross
missallocation of resources, in which far more should be spent on prevention ‘an ounce of which is worth a pound of cure’.
Conclusion 9 Drop the negative, limiting belief that we only have one life, and adopt the holistic view of is reincarnation, which will relieve much un-necessary fear, and empower you to live, and eventually die, with greater joy and at peace with yourself. There are many courses available to help you to this. (5)
1 Dr Sangay, on a taped discourse distributed by Neways , 2000
2 The Healing of Individuals Families and Nations by John L Payne, Findhorn Press 2005
3 Contact.email@example.com, tel 01273 733274, or 382878, or Ian Lawton 07815 906502
4 Cosmos and Psyche by Richard Tarnas, 2006
5 ‘Die before you die’ course, see www.osho.com
John Kapp firstname.lastname@example.org 01273 417997
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