Holistic Medicine: An Introduction


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Workshop based on my 20 years of Holistic Health experience. Presented at Feel Well 4 Life January 12, 2011

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  • Self-transcendence is our birthright. Everything that we need is already within us, announcing itself through the inner impulsion to grow, develop and unfold. How do we cultivate an extended awareness of Self? First by an identity shift which acknowledges our at-onement with the One Mind. We then grow confidence in our capacity to become a fully enlightened being. As an enlightened being, we live from a state of cosmic consciousness, a conscious awareness of our oneness with all life. When we consider current scientific studies of the brain relative to the field of quantum consciousness, the evolutionary possibilities for the individual and our global family are limitless. A genuine state of cosmic awareness expressing through an individual or a whole nation is distinguishable as scientific knowledge of life, life lived in attunement with cosmic laws. Living from such a state of consciousness holds the potential for governing our world by super-wisdom which results in cooperation rather than competition; in unity rather than division, in oneness rather than separation.
  • “ When our founding fathers were rebelling against the british monarchy, a lot of Americans didn’t share their fervor but preferred to go on clinging to a monarch’s hem. I doubt the percentages have change much sine then. There are still many folks who would rather have a daddy figure or lord up on the hill to tell them simple lies, rather than to be accountable themselves for the responsibilities of freedom.” - Jim Washburn (2002). Not too late for a war crimes tribunal.
  • “ We know there are rules for good communication. These rules work; yet they are seldom taught or practiced. Consequently most people, including government, business, and religious leaders do not know how to relate to each other. Fundamentally, the rules of communication are the rules of community-making, and the rules of community-making are the rules for peacemaking.” - Dr. M. Scott Peck. (1987). The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace.
  • Holistic Medicine: An Introduction

    1. 1. Holistic Medicine: An Introduction January 12, 2011 Montgomery Norton www.MontgomeryNorton.com
    2. 2. Holistic Medicine: Definition <ul><li>Holistic |hō ˈ listik| </li></ul><ul><li>characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. </li></ul><ul><li>Holistic Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the physical symptoms of a disease. </li></ul>Source: New Oxford American Dictionary. Retrieved January 11, 2011 from:
    3. 3. Consciousness <ul><li>Michael Bernard Beckwith ; Quotes ; </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Carrey </li></ul><ul><li>The Context : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civilizational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planetary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cosmological </li></ul></ul>Amanda Sage
    4. 4. Meditation <ul><li>Breath </li></ul><ul><li>Vipassana </li></ul><ul><li>Daily action </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Communion </li></ul><ul><li>Intention </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental to Holistic Medicine </li></ul>
    5. 5. Breath <ul><li>What does this mean? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we breath? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this important? </li></ul><ul><li>Breath in Holistic Medicine </li></ul>
    6. 6. Boundaries <ul><li>Why are they important? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are they such an issue? </li></ul><ul><li>What are boundaries? In the context of holistic medicine? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a taboo subject? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you have boundaries? As a therapist? As a client? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Attention <ul><li>Definition: the mental faculty of considering or taking notice of someone or something; the action of dealing with or taking special care of someone or something. </li></ul><ul><li>How do we cultivate Attention? </li></ul><ul><li>The Power of attention - the most valuable faculty that we have; our primary spiritual force. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Super Attention” </li></ul>
    8. 8. Intention <ul><li>Definition: plan that (something) function in a particular way; plan that speech should have (a particular meaning). Design or destine (someone or something) for a particular purpose or end. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Power of Intention” - Dr. Wayne Dyer </li></ul><ul><li>Jim Carrey </li></ul><ul><li>Setting Intention </li></ul>
    9. 9. Awareness <ul><li>The first step to change </li></ul><ul><li>Definition: having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact. C oncerned and well-informed about a particular situation or development : “unless everyone becomes more environmentally aware, catastrophe is inevitable.” </li></ul><ul><li>External (events, conditions); Internal (feelings, sensations, ‘whole body’) </li></ul>Source: The New Oxford American Dictionary
    10. 10. Intuition <ul><li>Definition: the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. </li></ul><ul><li>The Art of Listening </li></ul><ul><li>Guides & Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Lunch in High School </li></ul>
    11. 11. Modalities <ul><li>Acupressure </li></ul><ul><li>Massage Therapy (Swedish, Sports, Esalen) </li></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Massage </li></ul><ul><li>Reiki / Energy Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Shamanic Healing </li></ul><ul><li>Astrology </li></ul><ul><li>Shiatsu </li></ul><ul><li>Watsu / Jahara </li></ul><ul><li>Yoga </li></ul><ul><li>Tai Chi </li></ul>
    12. 12. Modalities cont’d. <ul><li>Chiropractic </li></ul><ul><li>Cranio-Sacral Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Feldenkrais </li></ul><ul><li>Gestalt Therapy </li></ul><ul><li>Hellerwork </li></ul><ul><li>Myofascial Release </li></ul><ul><li>Rolfing </li></ul><ul><li>Trauma Release </li></ul><ul><li>Kinesiology/Applied/Specialized Kinesiology </li></ul><ul><li>Glossary </li></ul>
    13. 13. Mentorship / Apprenticeship <ul><li>Artistry </li></ul><ul><li>Passion - Cooking </li></ul><ul><li>What is the Mentor/Apprentice relationship? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we cultivate such relationships? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you find a mentor? </li></ul><ul><li>Certifications </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Gurus </li></ul>
    14. 14. Integrity <ul><li>Definition: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. The state of being whole and undivided. The condition of being unified. Internal consistency or lack of corruption. </li></ul><ul><li>“ the final stage of individual psychosocial development is integrity.” - Erik Erikson </li></ul><ul><li>body + mind + soul + relationships + community - Integral Health </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is this important? </li></ul>
    15. 15. Rights of Passage <ul><li>Initiations </li></ul><ul><li>Indigenous Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Adolescence </li></ul><ul><li>Injuries </li></ul><ul><li>The Swim </li></ul><ul><li>Winter Solstice </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul>
    16. 16. Communication <ul><li>The power of communication </li></ul><ul><li>What is the intention? </li></ul><ul><li>The Esalen fire experience </li></ul><ul><li>Psychic Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Transcendent communication </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Processing </li></ul><ul><li>As a healing modality - Psychology </li></ul>
    17. 17. Purpose <ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing our Gifts </li></ul><ul><li>Care </li></ul><ul><li>Feeling </li></ul><ul><li>Compassion </li></ul><ul><li>Empathy </li></ul><ul><li>Love </li></ul>
    18. 18. The Beginning <ul><li>Deep Breath </li></ul><ul><li>Surrender </li></ul><ul><li>Intuition </li></ul><ul><li>The process </li></ul><ul><li>The journey </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Joy </li></ul>
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