The Family Doctor

By Lee Green, Business Owner, Melbourne, Vic

The picture of the traditional family doctor is well known to us all – a General Practitioner that has a history of the family and is well versed in the ailments of all generations. This role is often depicted in period dramas, especially in well to do families of old – the visiting practitioner being the authority figure that knows ’health,’ or seemingly so, as is portrayed.

Interestingly, as illness and disease climb through the roof, the pressure on our worldwide medical systems is such that they veer closer to collapse – in effect a breakdown of a system that has been essentially supporting us to get on and function – the same system as portrayed by the family GP of old that we have given our power away to and expect to fix us and ready us for the next thing to do.

We have essentially made the role of the GP the first line of support – we take along our ailing bodies and ask for help. The appointments are often short, there is often a wait, and the GP may or may not be having a good or bad day; how they look after themselves in their important role of looking after other people is a key component to this particular element.

Another one being how we walk into the surgery ourselves.

Is the family doctor any more important than the person who checks us through at the supermarket? We are certainly all equal, yet some of us have learned skills that support us in different ways. One of the key factors in life that may skew our own views of the GP is that, with education, we place more status on the person – wrongly assuming that they are better than us because they know more about this particular subject or that.

Has there been too much emphasis placed on education and, in that, an assumed status of the person above others? This may or may not be held by the GP, but it sits as a construct in society and to some degree we may always look up to the family doctor as someone who knows more about our ailments than we do. This continues to feed this construct of superior status and does not support true equality in these relationships.

How many of us feel equal to the doctor when we sit talking about our own bodies? Do we allow ourselves to truly express all that we know about ourselves in that moment or do we hold back because we ‘don’t know’ as much as the highly qualified man or woman sitting in front of us?

Recently I attended a Chakra-puncture course, one of the many modalities offered by Universal Medicine, and heard one of the presenters, Serge Benhayon, say that the modalities and their original intent is for the domestic homes of all to truly support friends and family, as we require it through life.

What struck me about this and our current medical system is that all the pressure could be relieved if we all started to look at how we move ourselves around the planet. Are we truly taking care of ourselves? The answer has to be ‘no’ because of the state of our health as a society. Yet we continue to live in a way that results in more complex medical conditions.

How interesting is it then, that when we know truly what is and what is not good for our bodies and our health, we continue to live in a way that does not support a true state of health?

To start to heal how we have been living so that we may support and aid in the healing of another and another and so on, is the fundamental reason for us being here together on one planet.

This allowed me to feel that, as we develop ourselves, all of us the world over have the opportunity to connect with the modalities as taught by Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine. We can build a different relationship with health within our family and friend groups. The understanding that we are responsible for all that the body is – that every ailment and dis-ease is a result of our choosing – can be communicated. The foods and drinks we consume, the way we handle our emotions, accept and appreciate ourselves, the way we walk etc. all have an amazing imprint for all to feel and see.

Although there will always be a need for General Practitioners and medical specialists, it becomes apparent that we all have our own inner “General Practitioner” and that within family groups of the future we will all be able to support each other with true healing modalities, family discussions that will evolve and grow each other, true counselling with each other with issues that come up to be revealed, worked on and let go of.

Herald in the new way

What a support this would ultimately be for the current long-suffering medical systems. Imagine taking ourselves to the GP knowing that ‘the way’ we live allows us to feel and present a body that is not ‘functioned’ out, but rather a loving body that is showing signs of illness and requires Western Medicine to support it.

There is no fix needed when the batteries have run down – the GP is not ticking another box and coping with another being needing fixing. There is a responsibility brought into the surgery and, as that is felt, the relationship between patient and the family doctor naturally returns to an equal footing. One knows their body intimately, inside and out, the other has the knowledge, skills and medicine to support the body back to physical health. Together the body benefits and becomes more harmonious as a result.

I am forever inspired and deeply appreciative of the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.


926 thoughts on “The Family Doctor

  1. All that we live at home, work and play accumulates and is exactly what we present to our GP when we go visit them – but sometimes we have to accept that what we live cannot always be corrected without the associated illness and disease from our bodies that is simply telling us what is going on within.

  2. The relationship we have as a patient and doctor is completely imbalanced at the moment. It is a big part of the stress, burnout and suicide doctors are experiencing. It is also why we as patients are not taking responsibility for our health, even though on some level we know it’s our ‘lifestyle’ choices causing the problems. Responsibility is very squarely being laid on the doctor, rather than it being a partnership and equal relationship. Although the family doctor of old is part of this consciousness, I also appreciated some aspects of that time and level of care. The family doctor didn’t need to ask your family history as he knew if there was a history of cancer, heart disease etc. They were also able to take the time to know the whole story, rather than just the most acute issue on that day.

  3. True health is a responsibility for us all. We can support each other in this, and the visit to the doctor is then just a part of it. We do not have to lay ourselves down in front of the doctor and expect him to have all the answers. We can empower ourselves by knowing what is going on with our own bodies so we do not have to give our power away to the doctor. It is a level of responsibility that is required, and that is very joyful to live.

  4. Family doctors, like all other doctors, are highly qualified as to how our bodies work and what happens when they are not working as they ought to be…but it makes sense that they do not know our body as deeply and as intimately as we do. Therefore, it is up to us to communicate all that is going on for us, very clearly and not holding back in any way. The doctor and the patient are a team and like in any team if one member is not communicating with another, the strength of the team weakens and things start to go wrong.

  5. We can make it about us or about everyone. The only way to help everyone is to start taking really good care of ourselves so we improve our health and wellbeing without more than the necessary reliance on the medical system which is financially heavily burdened by the reality it helps to produce and re-produce.

  6. The Way of The Livingness is literally guaranteed to just take the pressure off the world health’s budget, but to turn the whole relationship of humanities health on its head… Returning the responsibility back to the individual and the individual taking responsibility for true expression

  7. Enormous pressure would be taken off the medical system if we as a society started to take responsibility for our wellbeing, body and health and presented that to a specialist or GP instead of the usual demand for a speedy fix followed by more of the same behaviour that got us into the situation in the first place.

  8. With so many health services collapsing under the weight of our increasing ill mental and physical health there has never been a better time for us to start taking more responsibility for looking after our bodies as best we can and consulting doctors when necessary with the commitment that we will take all the necessary steps to support our healing process and work with the doctor to facilitate this.

  9. I would love, love, love to have family doctor who really related warmly to me and everyone else. An efficient, dedicated doctor who, if you really couldn’t get out of bed, would come around to visit you. I have very fond memories of a childhood in Lismore where the wonderful Dr Sillar would come around with all his expertise and wonderful supportive manner, and who always stopped to have a conversation with my favourite teddy bear.

  10. The responsibility we all have for our own health and wellbeing is paramount, and we should not expect Doctors to pick up the pieces of our disregard of that fact.

  11. “we all have our own inner “General Practitioner”” when we listen to the advice of our own inner GP, our body, and take this wisdom with us when we discuss a health issue with a professional GP we are working together to improve our health.

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