|Rebuilding the Bridge Between Body, Mind, Heart, and Spirit
of us, at one time or another, have felt the debilitating
effects of illness in our lives. Modern science tells us
that we are literally always "at risk," always
in contact with the bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other
agents through which sickness can appear to enter our bodies.
But purely physical causes do not seem to determine who falls sick and who stays well. We all know people who appear to be able to deflect the illnesses -- from cancer to the common cold -- which cause great suffering in others.
Why? It's a question that comes naturally to everyone who discovers the presence of a serious health problem, especially a life-threatening disease such as cancer. Why me? Why am I sick? What went wrong? And most importantly, What can I now do to best help myself?
Modern medicine still searches for definitive answers. Since the great "war on cancer" was declared in the early 1970s, most basic cancer research has focused on the physical aspects of the disease: a pragmatic, mechanical, "scientific" point of view. Cancer has been understood as a disease of cells which have somehow "gone awry," and every effort has therefore been made to eradicate these aberrant cells from the body, using surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and, more recently, monoclonal antibody therapies, which target cancer cells specifically, and immunotherapy, which manipulates the body's own defenses to attack cancer cells. The future promises even newer and more sophisticated treatment strategies to effect the same result.
In recent years, however, a new awareness has developed in the U.S. and around the world. Conventional medicine and scientific research have an essential part to play in the overall approach to cancer ... but for many people the focus on impersonal, mechanical, technologically-based treatments is incomplete and unsatisfactory. In its pursuit of mastery over cancer and other serious diseases, science seems to have forgotten one critically important point. Cancer is not something that happens to someone -- it is a multifaceted and often mysterious process that arises within an individual person: a human being with a mind, a heart, and a spirit as well as a body.
Fortunately, a growing body of scientific research points the way to a new direction in health care. It is now quite clear that psychosocial, mental, and emotional factors play an enormous role in human disease -- including cancer -- and traditionally-held divisions between the body and the mind can no longer stand up to scientific scrutiny. As a result, a new model of medicine is emerging, in which the body, mind, heart, and spirit are understood to be inseparably interwoven and unified.
The early effects of this evolving revolution are already
being felt in our culture. Eventually, many aspects of health
care will be transformed forever. The deepest and most profound
impact, however, may occur in the field of cancer, for there
are few diseases that challenge the human body and mind
as deeply as this condition.
The Seven Levels of Healing program has been designed to take this revolution in medicine to the next level. It utilizes the most sophisticated, technologically-based medical treatments available today, but it also recognizes that, to be complete, healing must address every aspect of human existence.
"If the healing art is most divine, it must occupy itself with the soul as well as the body."
-Apollonius of Tyana
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