by Dr Rachel Hall B.Ch.D (Uni Leeds UK), LDSRCS(Eng), MACNEM, Dental Surgeon, Brisbane, Australia
I have worked as a holistic dentist for the last 12 years, and recently I have been pondering what it truly means to be a holistic dentist/practitioner. Is it purely a philosophy that influences how one works or views patients and their conditions or is it something more? Is it having a bag full of different ‘holistic healing modalities’ to use on clients? I have tried numerous ‘alternative’ modalities: homeopathy, NLP, EFT (emotional field therapy), kinesiology, bio-resonance therapy etc but I found that none of them offered my patients or me what I was looking for. In 2004 I went to my first heart chakra workshop, and it was here that I met Serge Benhayon and was introduced to the teachings of Universal Medicine. What Serge presented made so much sense; more sense than anything I had ever learnt or heard from other practitioners, science or medicine. As such, not once did I doubt what was being presented by Serge and Universal Medicine and I could feel how amazing the esoteric healing modalities were in my body. Through the esoteric teachings I now have a new appreciation for what it truly means to be a holistic dentist. I now realise it’s not about the bag of tricks or ‘alternative’ healing modalities I have acquired, it’s not about regurgitated information and knowledge that I’ve stored in my mind but instead I have discovered that it is about how I live every day, in every way.
Anyone can learn and regurgitate information and then claim to be holistic but I would now say that is not enough. We all know the phrase “practice what we preach”, yet how many of us know doctors who smoke, naturopaths who drink alcohol, practitioners who choose unhealthy lifestyle habits and lack true vitality and health or are burnt out from working too many hours, seeing more clients than they can handle and are desperately trying to “save” others at their own expense. To me this doesn’t feel like a holistic approach at all as I too used to be that way – working long hours and not truly caring for myself or my body and then trying to educate my patients on how to care for themselves. Surely if we don’t “practise what we preach”, then all the information we pass on or share with our clients is hollow and lacks any basis or foundation and is in fact little more than empty words backed up by the fact that you have a qualification or title when it should be backed up by the quality of how you live and all that you are.
One of the major tenets of holistic dentistry is to use materials that will not harm or be toxic to the body and thus we do not use mercury based fillings nor fluoride and are very focused on and committed to nutrition, prevention, oral hygiene and gum care. This is a great starting point for health care but what if being holistic goes deeper than this and has to be more encompassing? What if the way we are living and the way that we are could be as, if not more, harming to our patients as the materials and chemicals we avoid using?
If the way we live has the potential to harm another then it makes sense to me that to be truly holistic would mean choosing to live in a way that supports the practitioner to be clear both physically and energetically so as not to harm or be toxic to our clients. But what would this way of living be, what would it look like and what would it require?
If we come from an understanding that everything is energy, then everything we do, say and think is energy (as discovered by Einstein and presented by Serge Benhayon). Then if this is so, not only are we a physical being made up of flesh and bone but we are also made of energy and, if that is indeed the case, then what if that energy could and does affect others?
If everything is energy, then the energy that is in me is in everything that I do and say, and in every needle I give, in every filling I place, in every gesture I make, in every interaction that I have and so on. If this is a possibility then would it not be wise to ensure that the energy within me is also harmless so that when I work holistically with a client or patient my energy is not harming them?
Could this be what being holistic is truly about? If we give consideration to energy then a true holistic practitioner would choose to live in an energetically responsible way to ensure first and foremost that the quality of the energy they are is totally clear, harmless and non-imposing so as not to affect or alter the energy of another so that the way they are comes with energetic integrity.
The Ancient Greeks and many other philosophies and cultures taught that equally with-in us all is an energy that is our natural essence which resides in our inner-heart, it is our natural way of being, our inner-most or esoteric, that which comes from love. These tenets are also at the core of what Serge Benhayon presents. Left to simply be we can connect to this essence and be who we are in full and express from that fullness or energy. Our natural essence would express love, joy and harmony and never impose upon or harm another as it knows and sees all as equal to itself.
But we live in a world that does not want or ask us to be who we are. Instead our world bombards us with ideals, beliefs and education that tell us that we are what we do and the roles that we play. It tells us and teaches us who to be rather than letting us know who we are from what is naturally there to impulse us forth. We then live life from the outside in rather than from the inside out, so that we then act in a way that allows us to take in what suits us to best give us the recognition, acceptance and identification that we then believe to be love which isn’t love at all but us pandering to and pleasing others by behaving in way that gets us the attention we so desperately seek to make up for losing our true connection to self.
What if we were able to live in a way that assisted us to re-connect to our essence or inner-most and know who we truly are? If we were able to live in such a way then would what we naturally express energetically be an all-encompassing livingness that could allow us to truly claim that we are being holistic?
Can we live in a way that allows us to re-connect to that natural essence with-in and how would we go about it when the world is set up for us to not know who we are?
In-truth it is actually quite simple. It is as simple as making a choice, a choice that says I know I am already love, that I come from the divine (God) and then applying some tools to re-confirm and bring you back to that. I agree initially it seems far-fetched and unconventional. For me these tools and awarenesses came from the presentations, teachings and books of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine that were resonating with a knowing with-in that was already mine but which until then I had yet to give a voice to.
I began to apply these tools and teachings to my daily livingness, in my way, and I got to feel who I am again and live from what my body feels and not that which my mind has been fed. It has not been something that has happened overnight but more a gentle unfoldment of me and a discarding of that which gets in the way of me being me. At first it was challenging as it brought up so much of what I had buried, denied and tried to numb myself from feeling and being aware of. It has required a willingness to be honest, to be aware, and to seek true healing, not relief or comfort, and a commitment to me living me to the best of my ability. Through a loving dedication to self and an unwavering commitment to be a student of me I feel I have found a way of livingness that supports me to be who I truly am. Now I am not perfect, and thankfully no perfection is sought, and there are times when I have “wobbled” and had my ups and downs but it is about the ability to acknowledge when I am with me and when I have lost myself and then be able to utilise the tools to bring myself back to me and my livingness.
The first step in re-connecting to self is the gentle breath meditation (as taught by Serge Benhayon), which allows you to feel where you are at, and have a marker that you can live from and feel when you are no longer being gentle. Gentleness then becomes a way of being and the more gentle you are the more self-love you begin to experience. Self-love and gentleness bring us back to the love that we naturally are. It is about making choices to be who you are and to deeply honour and nurture your body. For me this means choosing not to consume foods that make me stimulated, numb or dull or change my biochemistry, physiology or my energetic quality. Over time I have been able to feel that certain foods no longer support me to be me; these foods include gluten, dairy, sugar, caffeine, alcohol and starchy carbohydrates (which used to be my staple diet).
Self-love means caring for my body, not pushing beyond what feels comfortable or gentle in the way that I do things. In this way I have found what feels right for me and what doesn’t, and to honour that feeling rather than ignore it. I actually listen to what my body wants and needs and not what I think it does from what I have been told or taught from others. By listening to my body I have come to realise that it has a natural rhythm and that I need to go to sleep early so that my body can recharge, regenerate and heal so as to awaken feeling refreshed with true vitality to go about my day.
I also have check points during the day to allow me to be aware of my body and how I feel, like stopping to sit quietly for a few minutes, whilst I’m eating or having a cup of tea or just taking a few gentle breaths before I move on to my next task during the day. I also choose to be present in all that I do which means that my mind is with me in what my body is doing; my mind is concentrating on the task at hand paying attention to even the smallest detail. Presence allows me to be connected with myself and stops me becoming drained by living two or more situations at the same time, one in my body (the now) and one in my mind (the past or the future). I can feel if I am not with me and regather myself to arrest or be aware of any ill energy that was running in my body.
These simple tools or techniques, as presented by Serge Benhayon, along with being willing to deal with my issues and reactions and look at my ideals and beliefs and live more from my own inner impulses have assisted me to reconnect with and live the real me.
I have been working as a practitioner for 20 years and have come to understand the importance of living with true vitality in my life as a way to not only enjoy my life to its fullest but also because it is only in the reflection of the way one lives that the same love and care can be inspired in another. After much time spent studying both dentistry and the other ‘alternative’ modalities, which never felt quite right, I found the level of care and integrity and the truly whole-isitic approach I was looking for in the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. And thus from living in such a simple way, a way that can be truly considered whole-istic I feel that I can claim to be both an esoteric and holistic person, not merely a holistic dentist.
Have I, and my life changed since my first experience of the esoteric teachings?
Yes, for the better. I have the person back that I knew I was when I was a child. My relationships are more honest and real, not full of emotional ups and downs and neediness, my health is amazing and my life is simple.
Has the way I practise dentistry changed in that time?
Not really. The mechanics and treatments are essentially the same the only thing that has changed is me. I have become more gentle and caring, less stressed, rushed or anxious, there is purpose to what I do and from that I am more playful and there is joy in how I work and in my life. I no longer need coffee and sugar to get through my day or alcohol and certain foods to numb myself or take the edge off life. I am more vital, connected and engaged in the people I work with, both staff and patients who I treat with the utmost respect and tenderness and by way of this they get to see and feel that I walk my walk and live my talk.
I am ever thankful to Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine and most of all myself for allowing me to see and feel that there is indeed more to life and more to me.
141 thoughts on “What does it mean to be a ‘holistic dentist’?”
Left to simply be, we are not. From day dot the world imposes on a baby, firstly from the family and then from the wider community. And this imposition can be blatant or very subtle. So that we all end up being less than the fullness we are, to accommodate a world that does not want to accept that we are energy first before anything else.
Understanding that we are energy first and human second changes how we are with everything.
Even if we may not specifically use the word ‘holistic’ to describe what we do, but in everything we do, even if we may like to think it is only the veneer surface or the part that we prepared and are presenting to fit what we think others would accept that would matter, everything we live gets communicated and affects everything and everyone around us. Nothing escapes in the world of energy.
Visiting a dentist has always been a rudimentary experience for me – quick in, being prodded with a metal stick and out. It’s amazing that you are presenting that in your practice you don’t just get a dentist, but someone who really cares for you, is incredibly gentle with you and understands there’s more to your teeth and your body than just it’s physicality – sounds to me like an amazing dentistry experience.
The mechanics of how you do your job may not have changed but the quality in which you deliver your services and yourself has obviously changed immensely and the ripple effect of this on everyone you meet is immeasurable and reflects the amazing impact we can have if we choose to re-connect to our true selves and live the whole of our lives guided by our inner heart.
It is just utterly beautiful and inspiring to feel your total dedication to this way of living, and how the word ‘holistic’ is so applicable to the way you are.
“If everything is energy, then the energy that is in me is in everything that I do and say, and in every needle I give, in every filling I place, in every gesture I make, in every interaction that I have and so on.” So everything we think say and do matters and has an effect on every thing. It’s how we live at home, not just when out in our public lives that matters. Quite a responsibility – which is why these teachings aren’t popular.
Yes we are called to be accountable for everything and although our spirit rails against this, when we choose to embrace the knowing that everything is energy then we have to accept the responsibility that that brings with it.
What a blessing Rachel, for your clients to be inspired by a practitioner who actually walks their talk.
The moment we speak, or touch another we impose our energy onto another, either harming or healing, the deeper our quality of love the more loving our quality is and the more healing our touch or spoken word can be.
Yes, a holistic practitioner is anyone, practising anything in life, who commits to taking responsibility for their quality and way of being everywhere and all of the time, knowing that every movement we make has a ripple effect on the rest of the world.
I found myself drawn to this blog again today. It is very inspiring and uplifting. Thank you Rachel.
“Surely if we don’t “practise what we preach”, then all the information we pass on or share with our clients is hollow and lacks any basis or foundation and is in fact little more than empty words backed up by the fact that you have a qualification or title when it should be backed up by the quality of how you live and all that you are.”
I absolutely agree Rachel. Some years ago when I was a practicing Homeopath, someone asked me about how I lived, and suggested I must have a really healthy diet and do lots of exercise etc. At the time I was a bit surprised and admitted that I didn’t really do anything different just because of being a practitioner. But I know understand the responsiblity I have to ‘practise what I preach’ thanks to the teachings of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine, and do live in a way that enbales me to take great and true care of myelf so that I am able to support everyone I come into conatct with to be who they are, and I don’t reserve this just for my clients.
This is super important – if we don’t walk our talk then our words are empty and people can feel that, for example, no one is going to listen to a overweight doctor who talks about healthy eating because true change always comes from inspiration.
Only when practitioners live their talk, they can offer the opportunity of true and lasting healing to their patients
We need more dentists and doctors like this. People who really care and who care enough about themselves first that they honour their own bodies and give them true nourishment and nurturing – true role models for their patients.
You have really brought new meaning to holistic, because how can it be holistic treatment for the patient if something is left out of the whole – in this case the practitioner and the energy behind why and how we do things. It makes sense that true healing is brought to the client when it has first been brought to the practitioner. The quality of energy with which all is then done for the client is also a huge part of the care and treatment process.
You make a great sense of life being one big sphere and it is not possible to compartmentalize our life and think how we are in one part is not affecting the rest. And we are never not a practitioner of some kind, and what we align to, we express.
I have been a client of some “holistic” dentists that I will not name but were only ticking certain boxes in order to boast an image of “holistic”. Sure they used un-harmful non toxic products but I would then see them out and about on the party scene ingesting other not so legal products that were definitely toxic. Not to mention I would then serve these Dentists in the cafes I worked at and they would eat a high sugar diet. To me, being truly holistic means offering a whole approach to health of your teeth and body, not isolating one part that you give advice on but you in fact do not follow that advice yourself.
There is nothing worse than a professional of some kind telling you what you need to be doing in the hypocrisy of not living their advice themselves… yet it is deeply inspiring to be advised from a body that is living the benefits of such a choice and spoken from a foundation of lived experience that can be trusted. Empty words are just that, but lived truth can be deeply felt.
A beautiful blog to read Rachel – to know teeth are being so well looked after from a deeper level with the way you live every day. This can be applied to every type of work we do.
“Through a loving dedication to self and an unwavering commitment to be a student of me I feel I have found a way of livingness that supports me to be who I truly am”.
True Holistic care appreciates and considers every single detail of a person and leaves nothing out or nothing behind – it is a beautiful way to care for both ourselves and others if practiced and lived in the fullness of its potential.
Living holistically is a way of life we can all embrace, no matter our profession. If we simply made the choice to bring no harm to another, our whole way of living would have to be examined. It is so very telling of the choices we make that the way many live is to keep self protected, to the degree we will dob in another, or put another down to keep us feeling ‘safe’. This is not living by the tenet of ‘doing no harm’. If this is truly observed, much in our living way is under the microscope.
‘The first step in re-connecting to self is the gentle breath meditation (as taught by Serge Benhayon), which allows you to feel where you are at, and have a marker that you can live from and feel when you are no longer being gentle.’ I too started off with the gentle breath meditation and it was the first reawakening of the connection I could feel with my body, it has always been a meditation I turn to whenever I need to reconnect back to myself.
Every time I feel the connection to myself and to God I have a marker in my body where I can if I choose deepen and develop. The markers support me to get to know myself, who I truly am and expose that which I am not.
I experienced this too – at the first presentation I attended with Serge Benhayon, everything that was delivered, made sense of life.
“What Serge presented made so much sense; more sense than anything I had ever learnt or heard from other practitioners, science or medicine”.
‘ have discovered that it is about how I live every day, in every way.’ I am learning this too. So often life shows me that what I have not sorted in one area of my life spills over into another and when I am not really caring for myself deeply I lose care in my decision making process too.
“I met Serge Benhayon and was introduced to the teachings of Universal Medicine. What Serge presented made so much sense;” Hear, hear. We can sense when something makes sense and then we have a choice to introduce that way of living into our own daily life. The teachings about energy and everything being of and from energy introduced me to an understanding of so many whys? and hows?
I loved reading this blog, as there is no difference in the various jobs we all have when we are sharing our changes due to the support of Serge Benhayon and the teachings of Esoteric Medicine. There is no doubt that true livingness is the marker of The Way of The Livingness. The quality, vitality, purpose, dedication and willingness to get on with living in life is the true medicine that is being shared in this blog. We all have so much to offer another when we make our lives about self-care, an openness to learn and bucket loads of understanding not perfection!