Health Potential Takes Flight

Health Potential Takes Flight

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by Don Ingwerson

I have a family of gulls (two adults and three chicks) nesting on my chimney, going about their business built on their own instincts and traditions. They are of course ignoring my family below. Because of these new guests – their eating, exercising, and family interactions – compared to human’s health habits – I got to thinking about health from the perspective of how beliefs of tradition can limit the acceptance of new health habits.Continue Reading

All Hands on Deck

All Hands on Deck

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by Don Ingwerson

One night many years ago while I was serving in the military, the chaplain calmly and quietly told me over the phone that a soldier’s wife had been asphyxiated because of a gas leak in the family housing barracks. He asked me to go immediately to the base hospital and prayerfully support her. You might say that it was a call for “all hands on deck.”Continue Reading

Finding Your Way Up and Out of Stress

Finding Your Way Up and Out of Stress

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by Don Ingwerson

Years ago, I had my office and car windows shot out because of community resistance to a school that I was closing. This created a fearful condition for me and for my family. As I tried to resolve this stressful situation, a painful and unbearable thumping in my head developed. I was able to handle it, as I’ll explain in a minute.Continue Reading

Can Spirituality Help Create a Better Body?

Can Spirituality Help Create a Better Body?

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by Don Ingwerson

I came to the Southern California area in the late 50’s from the Midwest to begin a teaching career. I loved the youthful spirit I found and the encouragement of that “can do” mentality. Today I still feel the winds of that freshness, where people tend to support what they created and they understand that many times progress calls for an innovative approach.Continue Reading

Original Metaphysics Integral to Current Mind-Body Work

Original Metaphysics Integral to Current Mind-Body Work

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by Don Ingwerson

Spirituality and a connection to the Divine are being explored by more and more of the public in the pursuit of health. What I find interesting is that Mary Baker Eddy’s work that shares these healing ideas with the public is being recognized as one of the most important components of current findings in mind-body-spirit work.Continue Reading

Thinking Outside the Brain About Health Care

Thinking Outside the Brain About Health Care

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by Don Ingwerson

Is it important to focus entirely on the body in order to know how to maintain your health? Is health exclusively dependent on material things (blood, bones, etc.), as has been generally accepted over time? Or does the fact that the body is comprised of energy suggest that health is affected and controlled by something else?

An article in the Huffington Post, “Thinking Outside the (Skull) Box,” really got me thinking about the quantum physics view of what makes up existence. In this article, the five authors discuss the universe and man’s relationship to it. Their view bonds man and the universe in a mental construct that weaves all together. The authors note: “Once physicality ends at the Planck scale, something must hold the universe together, and this something can’t be in time or space, nor can it be made of physical ‘stuff.’ …this something sounds an awful lot like God.”

An early 19th-century health researcher and theologian, Mary Baker Eddy, thought a lot about that “something” that might be holding the universe together. She saw the creation of man and the universe as one when she wrote: “There is but one creator, who created all. Whatever seems to be a new creation, is but the discovery of some distant idea of Truth;” A few years later, physicist Erwin Schrödinger declared, “To divide or multiply consciousness is something meaningless. In other words, consciousness is one. It only appears to be divided up into billions of human minds. In short, either consciousness is unbounded or you haven’t looked deep enough.”

Though Schrodinger wrote this some decades ago, today efforts in quantum physics are underway to break through the accepted ideas of explaining the nature of mind and its relationship to the brain, which is usually equated with our body. However, mainstream science is reluctant to move forward when faced with the notion of mind outside the brain. In other words, scientists have spent as much time training their minds about the nature of the physical as, let’s say, world-class athletes have spent training their bodies for the Olympics. Once one is committed to a belief, it’s hard for any of us to change our thinking.

So, where do the mind and identity reside? In the brain or across the wider landscape of the brain-body complex?

For some people, the answer to this question lies in recognizing a larger consciousness that constitutes all identities. If the nature of our bodies is actually an outcome of the nature of the human mind and its relation to Divine Consciousness, health takes on a different outlook.

A relative of mine found this to be true when he “reframed” his view of the nature of existence. He was having difficulty seeing and he went to an optometrist to have his eyes examined. The doctor told him that he would be blind in a few months unless the condition was corrected through surgery. My relative immediately turned his thought to Divine Consciousness through prayer. In a few months, he returned to the optometrist for a recheck and was told that the former condition no longer was a threat to his vision. That condition never returned. And, my relative never saw himself – his existence – the same way again.

The idea that consciousness is not in the brain and the positive impact spirituality can have on health are both gaining ground. It’s the subject of Dr. Larry Dossey’s, one of the world’s foremost mind-body medicine experts, current research, book, and talks. And as these ideas have gained ground, hospitals are increasingly required to attend to the spiritual attitudes of their patients to be accredited and most medical schools now feature material on how to incorporate spiritual care in their curricula.

So what focus will health care take as we continue to expand our understanding of brain, consciousness, and the Divine?

Article first published in Blogcritics.

Empower Yourself to be Healthy

Empower Yourself to be Healthy

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A guest post written by Wendy Margolese, Christian Science media representative for Ontario and legislative liaison for Canada

Have you ever thought about whether you can influence your own health?

According to Dr. Nancy Abram, MD, you can.  Here is an edited excerpt of my conversation with this thoughtful and intuitive physician who, after three decades, retired from her medical practice in Southern Ontario to focus on mind-body medicine.

What brought about your transition from conventional medicine to examining the mind-body relationship in the process of healing and wellbeing?

Dr. Abram: “In my practice as a family physician, I started to realize over and over again, that when I’d write prescriptions, patients needed a higher dose and were subject to side effects.  But people really weren’t dealing with their core issues.  I’m not against medications, but they are a bit of a blanket, particularly when you are dealing with mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

And so, I have felt for many years that the core issues are demonstrated through the body.  The body doesn’t lie.  So if the body’s in pain, there’s an emotion behind that pain – what you exhibit physically is tied to your thinking.

However, at some point if you don’t fix the disrupted way of thinking – the forms of thought that get you into a pattern – then as a patient, you will probably keep returning.

I did some extra training in a kind of energy psychology – one form was the Emotional Freedom Technique.  I received the designation of ‘GP – Psychotherapy’, recognized by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan).  I started using this approach on a few of my patients in the clinic and realized that this was the practice I wanted to do.  So I retired from the clinic.

I now see clients on a referral basis and they know I am going to approach things differently – they have tried drugs and when that hasn’t worked, they are willing to try my therapy. This doesn’t mean I don’t prescribe medication, but more often it means I have been able to get people off their medication.

How do you empower your patients to find health and wellness?

Dr. Abram: “It is about personal responsibility.  It can be frustrating for a lot of physicians because they will tell the patient to eat properly, exercise, etc., but the patient returns with the same symptoms – sometimes even worse.  They are handing their personal power to somebody else.  And it’s all about taking back your own personal power. Say you are feeling the emotion of insecurity, but your inner being, your higher self doesn’t agree with that. So I help you get connected with your inner being  – get back to that understanding that you don’t need to waste your time with negative emotions.

I teach my patients that there is a higher power they can tap into, a resource to help them discover happiness.  It’s helping people connect with who they really are, which is more than what they think.

There are probably more physicians who are of this thought than you realize, but they are on this allopathic road where you have to think of concrete things – diagnose and treat.  Treat usually means a prescription or a referral. This is the patient’s expectation.

Do you know who is ahead of this shift in medical practice? I would say the nurses.  Nurses are trained in a different approach to a patient. Doctors are trained to diagnose and treat; nurses are trained to look more at the whole person – what other factors may be impacting their health.

Do you have any final thoughts to share?

Dr. Abram: ‘We are all energy – quantum physics has taught us that.  Finding your health would be allowing the energy that is part of who you are, to flow without resistance.  If you look at consciousness as a vibrational energy and allow it to flow – health would really be who you really are, loving yourself. Most people do not love themselves.  There is the ‘kingdom of heaven within’ – so you have to acknowledge your own greatness, your own magnificence.

Dr. Abram may be just beginning her practice in mind-body medicine, but her years of experience have led her to see the connection between our thinking, – the “kingdom” – and our health.  If the ‘kingdom of heaven’ she refers to is the Divine – working within us, we can all discover an unlimited source on which to draw for our health and wellbeing.

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