By Cherise Holt, Nurse, Australia
A group of health professionals gather at a conference with the purpose of sharing through research and experience, so as to educate and support each other in their common specialities of health and medicine. Professors, Doctors, Scientists and Nurses have travelled from around the country with special guests from across the world to contribute, communicate and impart knowledge from their experiences or simply to ascertain further understanding of the health issues and complications that are presented with their patients each day. I appreciated being here, as I understand the importance of science and medicine to our health and our wellbeing.
For me, the most interesting portion of the conference was the presented case studies. A patient’s disease symptoms were discussed (in a confidential and professional manner) so that colleagues can share from their own expertise to reach diagnosis and treatment options with the patients’ best health interests as the aim. Offered alongside the symptoms is a brief outline of their medical history, including any other illnesses, medications, family history, age, sex, marital status, (children), religion if applicable and whether they smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol. It was here that I couldn’t help but feel that something was missing, like I had a puzzle in front of me with many missing pieces. Although the ability to diagnose and manage the immediate symptoms could be made, the puzzle still felt incomplete.
Today conventional medicine and science is used to perform tests and diagnose the illnesses and diseases that present in our bodies. Our healthcare system works intensely to manage people’s symptoms, their treatment options and any subsequent side effects. It monitors the progression of disease and balances the involved risks and complications. A good outcome is a variable notion as the body’s response can be unpredictable and whilst symptoms can be managed for now the ideas of surgery, transplantation or mortality are undoubtedly fear-provoking in many patients. Statistics inform us that a number of diseases are on the rise, with increased complications and co-morbidities. How can this be, given that we live in an era with unprecedented knowledge of the human body? There must be more to our health and the way in which we see and practise medicine.
What if medicine was not just the solution to our ill health?
In the past few years I have been deeply inspired by the presentations of Serge Benhayon on the subject of medicine and have since begun to view the way that I live as my greatest form of medicine. This means that if I was to present to you my personal medical history it would not only state examples of current health as listed above but it must include everything and every way that I choose to live my whole life. With honesty and complete responsibility it would include the food that I eat but also the way in which I buy, prepare and eat such food, the way I connect to me and bring the quality that is naturally me to others, to work, the way I walk, speak, sleep, think, how I am with my body and any emotions that I hold on to …everything! Even as I write this I feel the enormity of what ‘everything’ actually means. I know I am by far not perfect with my way of living but there is no judgement on myself as this has been a grand revelation that has shown me just how far away I had chosen to become from my natural way of living.
What will be the future of our health in our humanity?
In the symposium I observed the support and discussion that my medical health colleagues shared. They have many years of training, knowledge and expertise behind them; but I also felt the sadness and overwhelm that was underlying and apparent to me. Our health profession is primarily run by people (members of our humanity) who seek to provide solutions and invent new medicines for the rest of our humanity; a solution to best support and heal another. But without the study of a human being as a whole – with the inclusion of one’s physical body, their way of living and the knowing of the quality that each human being naturally holds – the puzzle will remain incomplete. As a student of my own way of living I have gained much inspiration from studying Universal Medicine’s online audio presentations. Whilst it saddens me that conventional medicine and complementary medicine predominantly appear worlds apart, correspondingly I feel the grand opportunity and immense joy when I ponder on our future.
We as humanity deserve healthcare founded on the highest forms of integrity, where self-responsibility shapes an honest and deeply loving relationship with self and then with others. Humanity will gather in the field of medicine, not to heavily carry the responsibility of how other people live through their own choices, but by living in a way that inspires and reflects to our brothers our undeniable equality and the simplicity of true support.