Appreciating a western medicine practitioner and more…

by Coleen Hensey 

Witnessing the media comments on both doctors and the healthcare system in Australia, I feel to share a recent personal experience of Western medicine in action, which was nothing short of exceptional.

I had been diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago but had felt that my body was becoming devitalised in spite of the medication, a synthetic type of thyroxine prescribed routinely for this condition in Australia. I was losing weight rapidly, had dark circles under my eyes, my blood pressure and sleep cycle were very erratic and I was, by turns, racy or had little energy to do anything, including activities I absolutely love. My body was clearly indicating something was awry, so I decided to look more deeply into what was happening with my health.

This proved to be a great decision on many, many levels.

I referred myself to a local endocrine specialist to discuss and address the possible causes for the change in my health. The doctor I met with listened attentively and respectfully to what I shared about my symptoms and treatment to date, asking clarifying questions and making notes throughout. In itself, this respect for me as a patient who knew my body, was very confirming. His avowed philosophy was that the patient is the one who holds the keys to both the aetiology of their illness and to their healing. I had a clear sense that this doctor knew how to exercise true patient care.

What this doctor then shared about his understanding of the endocrine system was profoundly insightful; I had never before heard anyone speak about it in such a deeply honouring manner and I was very moved. He explained that he sees the endocrine system as being exactly the same as the solar system, with all the glands interconnected in an amazingly precise and delicate order. He referred to the thyroid gland as being like the Saturn of the solar system and asked me to consider what effect it might have if Saturn wobbled just a degree or two off of its orbit.

I paused in a moment of reflection, almost shocked by the profound nature of the implications of this. I felt the truth in this analogy, and how aghast I would be if Saturn did ‘wobble.’ Yet, of equal importance is my own thyroid and I had allowed it to wobble so very severely, in total disregard of the effects this would have on the whole body. I was humbled yet, at the same time felt, possibly for the first time ever, how exquisitely intricate and beautifully delicate is our endocrine system. This was the first time I appreciated this endocrine fact and this amazing doctor’s deep appreciation for the human body.

He then proposed an array of blood tests in line with the symptoms I had shared. He also offered possible diagnoses, which the blood tests would or would not confirm. He spoke about the mix of medication and lifestyle changes that would be necessary to address these likely outcomes, including an extended rest period to allow my body to heal in full.

I returned to his surgery two weeks later to discuss the test results. The doctor shared how there had been an extensive number of blood tests carried out – 13 pages in total – which again confirmed to me his commitment to leaving no stone unturned in truly profiling the cause and the effects of this illness in my body. His initial diagnosis was not confirmed and other anomalies in my blood had required both further investigation and consultation with colleagues – a biochemist and a parathyroid specialist – in a neighbouring city.

Once again, I was moved by the natural humility and openness of this man: he was not attached to his initial diagnosis and had moved straight away to consult with colleagues about areas which lay a little outside his immediate area of expertise: again, his aim was to uncover the root cause of my condition and so he was placing patient care at the heart of his treatment.

The root cause turned out to be a parathyroid issue, which had remained undetected until now. Because of this, both my thyroid and my adrenals were severely fatigued. As we scanned the numbers on the pages that represented my blood, we both commented on the extent to which my body had been basically ‘busting a gut’ to keep me healthy and operating all these years that this condition had remained undetected…not only by the medical profession, but by me. Another moment of humility for me and the realisations that my condition was more akin to the nature of the ‘hidden’ twelfth planet, as well as how I had allowed my own bodily awareness to drop to such a degree that I had not noticed this at all until my energy levels dropped severely.

The doctor himself was again open in his sharing that we know relatively little about the parathyroid glands, in fact, very little about our endocrine system per se. This rang true to me and I contacted an esoteric practitioner, who advised me that, in esoteric terms, parathyroid conditions arise when we do not live our delicateness. I knew this to be true of myself – most of my life, prior to connecting with the esoteric teachings of Universal Medicine, had been lived in the push and the drive of academic achievement and success in my career. Delicateness was something I felt, but overrode this, under the belief that it was only something for infants who were self evidently physically vulnerable. But delicateness in a woman of the world? No – not until my body nudged me by sharing that it needed me to return to my delicateness once more. Given the anatomical position of the parathyroids in the throat area, the contemplation of how my words, sounds, speech and singing need henceforth to be delicate was instant and is something I am now connecting with daily.

I also contemplated how few of us do live in true delicateness, or, indeed, even see this as a quality to be appreciated. And yet, how will we ever fully understand these glands if we do not live the energy / quality they were designed to express?

The doctor also scheduled an extensive hormone regimen for me to follow in support of all three affected glands, as well as advising me that the treatment for the parathyroid will be a process of elimination, starting with medication and followed by surgical procedures if this is required. He again advised rest to support my body through this process.

I left his surgery not just with medication and a treatment plan, but with so many significant revelations.

  • I learned what makes a true doctor – openness, humility, true patient care, doing what is needed when it is needed, communication, willingness to put the patient first, collaboration with colleagues, a reverence for, and appreciation of, the human body and a deep respect for what the patient knows about their illness.
  • I connected with my own deep reverence for the endocrine system and an openness to living the energy it needs to operate in true health
  • I felt a new humility about my body’s willingness to maintain me in a state of health for such a long time
  • I was full of appreciation of Western medicine – its doctors and its pharmacology
  • I understood and appreciated how esoteric and western medicine can indeed work together to bring about not only healing for patients, but also to enrich our collective understanding of how our bodies work in terms of their physiology and biochemistry and in terms of the role of our expressed energy has in either harming or healing them.

The marriage of Western Medicine and Esoteric Medicine is now a deeply appreciated aspect of my life. Together they are healing me personally and this healing is on offer for all others who choose to utilise the two together in this way.

Dedicated to Serge Benhayon, who has long presented how humanity will be blessed by the union of western medicine and esoteric medicine. It has certainly been demonstrated to be so in this case.


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593 thoughts on “Appreciating a western medicine practitioner and more…

  1. ‘He referred to the thyroid gland as being like the Saturn of the solar system and asked me to consider what effect it might have if Saturn wobbled just a degree or two off of its orbit.’ What an amazing example you have been given by your endocrine specialist, everything is connected, our bodies are just like the universe.

  2. The patient is an equal partner with Western Medicine and Esoteric Medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of any illness.

  3. I love the approach your doctor took Coleen, you can feel he knew how to communicate in a way that you would be be able to relate to and in so doing you got the healing that was on offer.

  4. I was blown away by this endocrinologists philosophy about the endocrine system mirroring our Solar System. What a beautiful take on this delicate bodily system and he was working in a way that I would say is one of a true scientific nature, with a humbleness and willingness to go wherever is needed to find the Truth without an attachment or need for recognition or individuality, but one of working in collaboration. This is an inspiring story, especially for anyone in the medical field.

  5. As I allow myself to appreciate more in my life and appreciate myself also I definitely feel “better” and more confirmed in myself. Appreciation is a great medicine.

  6. I love the analogy to Saturn, it made me smile and brings a real understanding of the importance of the endocrine system which many of us don’t understand until we have an issue with it, and great to understand it even deeper on an energetic level, meaning that we can change many of our choices with that understanding, to always deeply honour our own delicateness.

  7. This is such a great example to true medical care and responsibility in how doctors and patients can work together being open and willing to see what the body offers and understanding both the energetic and physical symptoms that present.

  8. What really stands out for me in this is how open and surrendered you are in the situation you found yourself in, and in that openness, taking responsibility brings in joy and confirms your posture, and then you take a few more steps in appreciation. It is very beautiful to feel that.

  9. Thank you for sharing this beautiful experience. We don’t appreciate what western medicine does enough – and this blog really does show that level of appreciation which offers us the ability to always connect back to the person not the skill.

    1. The support that Western Medicine does continues to marvel many and when we bring in the reasons for the ill and the choices we make we can be offered a far greater inside into how we can support in the preventative stage.

  10. The appreciation for the consultant explaining how everything within the body is reliant on other parts and has its role to play comes through strongly in the writing of this blog. The analogy given was quite touching – thank you for sharing.

  11. What a wonderful analogy of the Endocrine System and the Solar System. I love this as it is so relatable and makes so much sense. There are many many people in the world doing great work within their field and offering their own very clear and straightforward view of their own experience. We would all do well to be open to what everyone has to say, and just learn to be discerning about what is truth and what is not.

  12. We hear a lot of negative stories about health services so it is really great to hear such a positive one. My own experience of our NHS in the UK over recently years has been excellent and it is good to appreciate this.

  13. Sometimes, it can be the culture that doctors are encouraged to see themselves as superior, and because their treatments are quite often life changing or even saving, that they posses great power beyond all others. And, so it is with great joy that I read about this doctor, who still seems to see himself as a mortal man in line with all others, who although holds great knowledge, experience and wisdom, is still just a part of the bigger whole that makes up a patient’s life.

  14. What I love is how we can’t do everything on our own but our choices are central to everything if we choose to take care and love in how we live then the western medicine can support this. But as I write this what comes to me is why have we called “lifestyle choices” and “complementary medicine” not one and the same part of medicine, they are not separate but interconnected.

  15. What a wonderful whole-istic experience you had. Your blog shares how this approach is so empowering. To not consider the energetic understanding seems like such a reduction of the whole.

  16. There is so much to appreciate about western Medicine. Generally we complain a lot about it and don’t consider the awesome job that nurses, doctors carers surgeons and all who work in this field do for us. Sometimes it is great just to stop and express our appreciation.

  17. Western and esoteric medicine are like two bright stars in the sky reflecting the light of each other to shine a brighter light on the world.

  18. What I love and appreciate with the partnership of western and esoteric medicine is how much we have a fuller understanding of our body as a whole and through developing our awareness highlights the responsibility we have to express from the quality of our natural sensitivity and delicateness to maintain the true balance of our body.

  19. Thank you for sharing this story Coleen. Many people lose trust in Western Medicine because they think it should have all of the answers – but in actual fact, they don’t.

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