Like the carbon debate, complementary practitioner regulation is also hostage to fear campaigns, despite a consensus that it’s both necessary and inevitable.
Songs are written about it, and we are currently running advertising campaigns to try to instil it in our children. So we obviously believe in its importance. However, we commonly think of respect as doing what is ‘good to ourselves’, about knowing when to say yes or no, and whether to stand up for ourselves and not be walked over. But what is respect and self-respect, respectively?
What are we actually after?
On January 4, 1972 at 4:00 in the afternoon, on a 9 month long meditation retreat, I went through a spiritual shift. Who or what I was shifted. It was as if I had become separate from whatever I did, said or even though. It was a shift I couldn’t miss. My sense of who I had become is what some call “universal consciousness.” It turned out to be permanent.
Socially we pass confidence off as the ability to stand up and talk or sing. However whilst this does take confidence, it is the kind that relies on not being rejected or humiliated. When confidence is thought of in this context, we lose the true meaning and therefore the importance of self-confidence.
Wake Up Sydney!
Wake Up Sydney! Began as an experiment in Sydney in 2008 to make Sydney the kindness capital of Australia. Now, under the watchful eye and entrepreneurial leadership of founder Jono Fisher, Wake Up Sydney! Is attracting a lot of attention and constantly evolving. The Art of Healing spoke with Jono about what kindness means to him and how he is fulfilling his dream.
Interview by The Art of Healing
What is Yoga therapy?
We are probably all quite familiar with a typical Yoga class, with its content and pace largely at the discretion of the teacher. Class sizes vary from a few people up to 30+ and usually participants will have a varying level of skill and experience. Because of the inherent transformative powers of Yoga there’s a good chance that whatever class you find yourself in you will feel better a the end of it than you did when you walked in. But what if you need more?
Yoga and Ayurveda in the Treatment of Cancer
The sister sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda, India’s traditional systems of healing, have much to offer modern medicine. They offer a holistic approach which sees each person as a system which includes the mind-body-spirit and recognises that any treatment strategy needs to address these different levels of our being.
Dr Shaun Matthews
Negative emotions: nuisance or necessity
In our lifetimes each and every one of us has had a time when we have felt upsetting emotions. Whether that’s been a fear of public embarrassment, anger at a thoughtless action, or guilt about forgetting someone’s birthday, many of these experiences are universal. In our culture, two thirds of basic human emotions are experienced as uncomfortable and unpleasant, and thus characterised as ‘negative.
Clouds of Change – Photographic Feature
Tawhirimatea is the god of the winds on one level, but on another he represents change or rather the winds of change which blow through our lives. At the time I made these images, my life was undergoing abrupt and significant change. It was only when I made them and reflected upon them, that I saw how they mirrored quite clearly the way in which I was being reshaped and how I was transiting from one life to another. Then I began to understand.
How has our yearning become addiction?
Our unprecedented focus on the physical world of matter and our neglect of the inner realm of consciousness has given us remarkable technological expertise. This has been accomplished however at some cost to our emotional maturity, moral discernment and spiritual awareness. Indeed, one could go so far as to say that Western civilisation is reminiscent of the idiot savant, the individual who is severely retarded but has genius in one particular attribute.
Dr Gillian Ross
Hair Standing on End – “prickly feelings” in spirituality and holistic medicine
Many of us experience that “prickly” feeling when our body hair stands on end and we get “goose bumps” on our skin. These reactions are often associated with chills, shivers and certain emotional states. Less known is how these sensations inform our health and spirituality. This is confirmed by medical studies and the experience of spiritual masters from different cultures.
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