Traditional medicine has become a victim of its own success. It is a fascinating story that parallels the development of science in the Western world since the time of Newton, Galileo and Descartes. However, as medical science proved its effectiveness in treating the human body, the mental and spiritual aspects of healing fell by the wayside. The reincorporation of metaphysics, an idea, doctrine, or posited reality outside of human sense perception, into the medical practice can evoke true healing.
Metaphysical medicine is described as “the causes and treatment of disease believed to arise from pathologies of what is known in occultism as the second body or the non-material substratum of the human body. ”1 Its association with the physical is critical to permanent healing and conventional healing. It is the realm of pure thought and ideas developed from observation and experience, taken back to base abstract theory, and then systematically studied for practical applications. 1 “Pamela Weintraub. ” Psychology Today: Health, Help, Happiness Find a Therapist.
Web. 21 Mar. 2012. . Schwartz 2 “It is the attempt to discover the laws that systematize the fundamental abstract objects presupposed by physical science, such as natural numbers, real numbers, functions, sets and properties, physically possible objects and events, to name just a few… ” Metaphysical medicine positively affects the medical practice in many ways; it is medicine’s most valuable teammate. Metaphysics refers to a branch of philosophy that attempts to understand the fundamental nature of all reality, whether visible or invisible.
“Beyond the physical. ” Metaphysics literally means after or beyond physics and science. It is the study of the being and the “extension of knowing. ” For example, “ What is the meaning of life and why am I here? ’ It also helps us to define our mission. “What is my purpose and what is my reality? ’ It also underscores spirituality. “Who and what is God and what will happen when I die? ’ It is the study of a God or gods, the existence of the divine, questions about Creation and the numerous religious or spiritual issues that concern humankind in general.
In addition, metaphysics also helps us to self-examine fundamental elements of living. An important difference exists between the rules that govern existence (the metaphysical), and the rules that men create to govern themselves (the manmade). 2 The problems stem from not clearly differentiating between those things men need to do, and those things man chooses to do. The first common problem is 2 Rock, Tiger. “Body-Spirit Bridge – Developing Total Wellness. ” Body-Spirit Bridge. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. . Schwartz 3 the belief that the man-made is metaphysical.
The important distinction is that rules that men choose are not necessary. For instance, any particular law is chosen. This is not to say it’s chosen without reason. Many laws are. But the fact that a choice is made is important to remember. Often people believe that things are the way they are, and nothing can change it. However, if it is man-made, it is wrong. It still may be difficult to change, but it is possible. This error is usually an excuse not to act. It assumes a difficult task is an impossible task, which allows the person to remain free of guilt, since morality requires a choice between alternatives.
The second common problem is the belief that the metaphysical is man-made. This error is usually made in the field of ethics when the assumption is made that a man can act any way that is physically allowed to him. For instance, a man can be completely selfless, but this is ultimately destructive. The metaphysical fact being ignored is that death would follow shortly. That man, in order to live, must act in his own interest to further his life. One cannot defy reality without consequence. Metaphysics is also divided into two separate categories, ontology and natural philosophy.
Ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence or reality, the basic categories of the nature of their properties, and the nature of change and their relationships. It is a look at what is beyond the physical Schwartz 4 or visible recognized fields of human consciousness. This includes spirituality, dream psychology, yoga therapy, meditation and positive thinking. Natural philosophy is considered as physics and is a term applied to the study of nature and the physical universe that was dominant before the development of modern science.
This includes astrology, cosmology, the natural laws of the universe, universal life force and energy as medicine. For example, the moon, stars and planets were considered to affect health. 3 Metaphysical medicine continues to increase in popularity because of its healing treatments. Medical practitioners are finding they have to adopt to it, otherwise, patients will think they don’t “care. ” The Air Force has even adopted metaphysical medicine into their practice. The Air Force runs the military’s only acupuncture clinic and is training doctors to take acupuncture to the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan.
They will learn “battlefield acupuncture,” a method Niemtzow developed in 2001. It derived from traditional ear acupuncture and uses the short needles to better fit under combat helmets so soldiers can continue their missions with the needles inserted to relieve pain. 4 Life is a gift, an opportunity to use our free will to make choices which will help ourselves and others. There is a Kabbalistic notion of tikkum 3 Mckone, Walter. “Osteopathic Philosophy:The Metaphysical Medicine. ” Article from PHILOSOPHY PATHWAYS Issue 90. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. . Schwartz 5 which is a wonderful metaphor for understanding life.
Life is imperfect, filled with pain and joy. We are challenged to choose to do good, to express our love and to help others. This is essentially metaphysical healing – to make ourselves and the world whole. There is clear evidence that our bodies possess incredible abilities of selfhealing. It has long been established that a placebo can have the same effect in some patients as an actual treatment. This is thought to be the result of the patient’s belief that the treatment will work, demonstrating that there is some connection between a person’s thoughts and emotions and their physical well-being.
There is also clear evidence that the mind and body are interconnected. Our emotional sates can improve or impair our physical healing. The field of psychoneuroimmunology has discovered scientific evidence for the mind and body connection. Our brains possess receptor sites on their cells. This demonstrates that anxiety and depression can be improved through our body’s chemical peptides. Relaxation techniques, meditation and prayer can facilitate healing. The idea behind metaphysical healing is that the individual is his or her own healer, responsible for creating both health and illness.
When an individual falls ill, the believer in metaphysical health does not think it was by chance, but by mental patterns that can be identified and replaced. The type and point of origin of the ailment gives a clue where to look in the thinking patterns. According to this belief, the most compromising emotions to health are longstanding guilt, resentment, and anger. The biggest healers are self-love, self- Schwartz 6 acceptance, and self-worth. Arguably the best-known modern proponent of metaphysical healing, Louise Hay, had an opportunity to put her techniques to the test when she was diagnosed with vaginal cancer.
She subsequently claimed to heal herself. Most believe that that illness is a by-product of an unhealthy mental pattern, and if the by-product is simply removed by doctors, the illness will return. Therefore those who believe in metaphysical healing choose to take responsibility for their well being as much as possible. Metaphysical healing is based on the belief that if negative mental patterns are left unchecked, it can eventually result in physical disease or illness. If the negative mental patterns are reversed into positive patterns it can lead to healing.
Doctors routinely tell patients to keep spirits high while supporting visits from family and friends, understanding that anything that makes a patient feel beter mentally and emotionally, aids healing. One preferred metaphysical area is religion, Christianity in Western Culture, and their stereotypes abound.
These stereotypes hold Western society in its grip. In our subconscious lurks the half-truth that according to the Bible, human beings once lived in a kind of unspoiled natural state, i. e. paradise or the Garden of Eden, and were driven from it because they disobeyed a God who did not want them to think on their own.
Estranged from their own nature in sexual terms and Schwartz 7 from a natural environment, which had turned wild and savage, they were driven out from that state of unspoiled nature and into the corrupt world of society. That degradation of nature, and the unsatisfying experience of social life, left as only available option a return to metaphysics in the form of God-given grace (through Christ’s resurrection): we are nothing, dust, and only divine grace can save us.
Hence the (false) mind-body split so typical of many accounts of Christianity. Many representations of people who, for one reason or another, we don’t accept as our likes, are forced to different degrees into this stereotype. Dr. Steve, author of Meta-Physician on Call for Better Health: Metaphysics and Medicine for Mind, Body, and Spirit, incorporates metaphysics into his traditional practice of medicine. He explores the many ways spirituality affects our well being, and shows how people can learn to take charge of their own healing process.
He helps bridge the gap between traditional medicine and holistic healing and shines a light on ways non-medical issues, such as stress and emotional blockages, contribute to illness. He strongly believes in the connection between body, mind, and spirit. He has devoted himself to speaking, teaching, and writing about metaphysics and healing. His goal is to help people regain their health, strength, and ability to explore life’s challenges from a more spiritual perspective. In sum, Dr. Steve offers many ways on how metaphysics can help facilitate healing.
Schwartz 8 Another example is harmonyum. Harmonyum is a bio-metaphysical medicine that can be used in the treatment of a wide range of disease, including genetic disease, as well as immune system deficiencies, brain problems and blood disorders. It enhances your body’s ability to regulate immune functions so that your self-healing mechanisms can kick into gear and diminish the cycle of disease. Harmonyum sets a course straight toward the root of the illness and positively affects the way you think, feel, act and speak.
It sharpens your perception of life, moving the energy of life within you and nourishing the beneficent entities living in your brain and spine and the 100 trillion cells of your being. It inspires those cells to awaken and begin working for your health and happiness. The goal of harmonyum is to change the rate of vibratory energy functioning through the entire body. After harmonyum is transmitted the original seed is activated in the recipient in order to awaken the threefold soul from the threefold body into selfconsciousness and self-knowledge.
It is a transcendental healing system that is unlimited in its health benefits, allowing us to receive help and guidance from the spiritual realm of light. The affects of harmonyum bring calmness, relaxation, increased concentration, and heightened vitality. It causes the etheric energy to flow more freely in your body. A gastroenterologist claims that metaphysics can aid to weight loss. Through self-awareness people may have the potential for improving weight-loss efforts and can heal themselves of obesity.
This may take a great deal of time and inner personal work, but the results may be chronic. One example is yoga. Yoga can create a safe and positive environment that allows you to connect with your Schwartz 9 body. This can help you be more aware of what you consume and may stop negative judgments about yourself. You will be able to feel and reap the benefits of eating healthy and consume moderate portions of food. The advances of metaphysical medicine continue to be invaluable. Metaphysical healing offers an intriguing look into the mind’s ability to heal the body.
Through various types of metaphysical practices one’s body and mind can truly heal and become whole. Metaphysical practices are positively successful in the medical practice. Works Citied 1. Mckone, Walter. “Osteopathic Philosophy:The Metaphysical Medicine. ” Article from PHILOSOPHY PATHWAYS Issue 90. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. . 2. “Pamela Weintraub. ” Psychology Today: Health, Help, Happiness Find a Therapist. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. . 3. Rock, Tiger. “Body-Spirit Bridge – Developing Total Wellness. ” Body-Spirit Bridge. Web. 21 Mar. 2012. .