I had a basic medical procedure done the other day. The removal of an IUD and a new one put in. The copper based IUD was the one I decided to use five years ago since there was no release of hormones, only the copper. And as long as my body accepted the copper and was not allergic to it there would be few side effects other than the physical ones such as increased cramping and heavier menstrual flow. I preferred to not have hormones affect the natural rhythms of my cycles which is why I did not consider taking the pill or having implants under the arm. The first time the doctor put the IUD in place there was a lot of pain, I had to ask him to slow down between stages so I could recover. It was not pleasant. And then it took about three months for my cycles to return to mostly normal and there was a lot of pain and cramping which usually happens. Each cycle my body was trying to eject a foreign body, which is a healthy response, so I was not too upset by the slow process of my body accepting the IUD.

Five years later and I need to update the make and model as most of the copper had dissolved and it would become ineffective. This time however, I knew about homeopathy! I took Staphysagria 30ch beforehand knowing how much having my cervix prodded and stretched annoyed me the last time. I could also have taken arnica ahead of time to deal with the bruising and trauma but decided the Staphysagria was a better fit for me. Besides, I get pretty irritable in doctor’s offices in general. This time was a very different experience. My doctor sighed with relief when she finished and said, “Well, that was easy and quick.” She seemed surprised. Since I went to a sexual health clinic where she did this procedure all the time and I was the last patient of the day, I could guess she was being pretty honest about it being easy. I was too because it still hurt during the stages when cramping occurred but it hurt much less than the first time. I just had to do some focused breathing and I was ready for the next stage! Afterwards I decided to tell her that I took a homeopathic remedy, she seemed happy and totally approved.


The keynote features of Staphysagria are post-surgical pain as well as stretching or injuries to sphincter muscles. The cervix fits well here, since having a cervix dilated is very painful as well as invasive. Insect bites and stings and so feeling invaded and irritated is also a keynote. In fact it is also a good prophylaxis before mosquito and black fly season starts in the forests and countryside. The mental keynotes are suppressed anger, great suffering when he controls his emotions as well as great anger about things done by others. Remember how annoyed I was by doctor’s offices? I probably could have taken arnica for bruising and faster healing if I had needed it but being at the start of the cycle when the procedure was done I have not noticed any increase in cramping or pain that is worrisome so I am going to leave it alone. I can always try a dose of arnica 30ch if my next cycle is painful or if I don’t feel ok in a week or so since it can still help with my body’s healing processes long after time of the injury.

Although it was wonderful my doctor supported homeopathy, I kinda wished she wanted to know more details. It felt a bit unfair to not have to suffer so much yet the other patients did not have access to or knowledge about this support. Imagine if each patient could fill out a quick questionnaire and then be offered one of three or four remedies before having an IUD inserted, which would reduce pain, irritation, risk of infection and emotional effects? ​I still have hope that the medical system is changing and one day we will no longer have to suffer so much when a wonderful tool like homeopathy is available to us.

First published on birdsonghomeopathy.weebly.com.

Homeo what?

As a nearly accredited homeopath, I find it interesting to tell people what I do. It is much less stressful than the old answer which could be shortened substantially by saying, “Artist,” but it still doesn’t roll into the social atmosphere smoothly like teacher or waitress. Most people don’t understand what it is and many have never even heard of homeopathy. I was excited to find a fact list on the Canadian Consumers Centre for Homeopathy (CCCH) about homeopathy use worldwide. Their statistics might surprise you.

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World wide, homeopathy is among the most-used types of medicine and is one of the fastest growing. It is estimated that around 300-500 million patients worldwide use homeopathy and there are around 400,000 healthcare professionals recommending homeopathic remedies, including about 100,000 physicians prescribing them routinely. As for the economy of homeopathy, it is well known that it is not a revenue generator the way pharmaceuticals is, yet according to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) in March 2011 the world market for homeopathy was about $5.35 billion and growing by about 25% annually. They consider that at this rate it could surpass conventional medicine as we know it by 2035.

In India, there are an estimated 250,000 practitioners and 75,000 paramedics and they treat 10% of the population using only homeopathic medicines. Brazil has 15,000 doctors that practice homeopathy and 9 million patients using homeopathic medicines. In India, Mexico, England, Brazil and Cuba homeopathy is integrated into the health systems.  In Cuba, the use of prophylactic homeopathic medicines has been used by the public health system for epidemic control with great success.

Quote about homeopathy by Gandhi


Three out of four Europeans know about homeopathy and 29% use it for their own self care. The European Union officially recognized homeopathy in 1992 for human use and veterinarians. 80% of the world’s homeopathic medicines are manufactured in France. France is the world’s largest market for homeopathy with more than $450 million in sales. England has five hospitals that use homeopathic treatments and 42% of non-homeopathic physicians there are willing to refer their patients to a homeopath.

It is hard to say that nobody uses homeopathy with numbers like this. In Canada the two biggest issues at nearly every election are the economy and health care. Homeopathy offers a solution to both. A study commissioned by the government of Switzerland published in 2011 found that homeopathy had 15.4% lower costs than conventional medicine and therefore homeopathy was more cost-effective than any other form of medicine.

The CCCH acknowledges that, “As communications technology continues to transform the world into a global village, research on homeopathy now being conducted in countries outside the developed world is pushing medicine to new frontiers… and in fact will leave the West behind if the West continues to ignore it.”

Ah, homeopathy. A mystery, quackery, quantum science, medicinal miracle, futuristic, sci-fi, bunk. Maybe being an artist was easier to talk about.

Children’s rights

I was digging through old papers and found this … a list of children’s rights given to me by a childhood friend. Going through his own processing of what childhood meant to him as an adult and with a child of his own the same age as me he was an amazing person to spend time with. By the time I was nine, my older brothers no longer wanted to hang out with me. I was very shy and in one of the smallest classes in history so I did not have many friends my own age at that time. Rick and I spent many wonderful hours flying kites, shopping, going for walks. Mostly we talked about life and he was definitely one of those people that comes into your life and steers a new direction for your boat. I am so grateful for his friendship and time. I can’t imagine the person I might have become without him in my life.

Here is the list, … with visuals.

1. to express feelings


2. to feel proud


3. to feel protected


4. to friends


5. to be able to trust


6. to feel safe


7. to feel love

feel love

8. to feel positive about themselves


9. not to be abused

not to be abused

10. time to play

to play

11. time to be with who I want to be with

with who I want

12. to have other adults as friends

adult friends

13. to be listened to


14. not to be ignored

not be ignored

15. to not feel invisible


16. to be a child


17. to say NO


18. to respect


19. to privacy


20. to have fun


21. to dream


22. to be accepted as me

accepted as me

23. to have my feelings accepted


24. to be able to learn


25. to allow me to solve my problems

solve problems


All images from the amazing pixabay

Everyone is busy these days and no one seems to have the capacity to listen, to really listen. How often do we speak and feel cut off, or politely interrupted and find ourselves biting our tongue? And when we speak, do we really say what is not just on our mind, but in our heart and soul when we interact with people?

That is often scary or risky. It means we will be vulnerable, and when time and money are omnipotent to the social structure, we tend to inhibit the slower, deeper parts of us and they often get shut down or ignored. Human beings are social animals meaning we develop permanent groups who live together and create relationships between individuals that endure from one encounter to the next. For humans, not having these social interactions can be detrimental to development since they are critical to our survival at the base and to an emotional stability and joy of living at the best. What this points to is that all of us need someone who can listen to us, to what our heart and soul is wanting to express. The word express come from expresser in Old French meaning in Latin, ‘ex’ – out and ‘pressare’ – to press. It can mean to obtain by squeezing or wringing. Expression does not have to be so forced however. We can learn to communicate mindfully, compassionately, and peacefully. We can also learn to be great listeners. The following methods are the basics.

The language

The first is Non-Violent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg. He grew up in Detroit during an era of racial tension in the 40’s. The violence he witnessed in others and in himself lead him to study psychology and to seek a means of mediation that could resolve conflicts and differences peacefully. When the racial tensions resurfaced in the 60’s, he developed the Center for Non-Violent Communication. The Center has continued its work in mediation and conflict resolution with  intimate relationships, work settings, health care, social services, police, prison staff and inmates, governments, schools and social change organizations. Using the character of the jackal, who represents the ineffective communicator, and the giraffe, who understands non-violent communication methods, he gives us the tools on how to strengthen the ability to connect compassionately with oneself and others, as well as to resolve differences peacefully. “NVC reminds us what we already instinctively know about how good it feels to authentically connect to another human being.”

The emphasis is on deep listening, to ourselves as well as others, and to discover the depth of our own compassion. He reveals the not so secret fact that all human beings when communicating are only trying to request universal values and needs, either effectually or not so effectively. Universal means transpersonal, indicating that which is beyond the limits of personal identity. We all have these values and needs in other words, in varying degrees, so there is no reason to be defensive about having them. There is a wonderful workshop series posted on YouTube that can get you started with NVC.


The mind

Another important communication tool is Dialogue, developed by David Bohm and Jiddu Krishnamurti. I wrote about this in my post, ‘A real sweet heart.’

We are proposing a kind of collective inquiry not only into the content of what each of us say, think and feel but also into the underlying motivations, assumptions and beliefs that lead us to so do.

Dialogue is a way of observing, collectively, how hidden values and intentions can control our behaviour, and how unnoticed cultural differences can clash without our realizing what is occurring. It can therefore be seen as an arena in which collective learning takes place and out of which a sense of increased harmony, fellowship and creativity can arise.

With Bohm Dialogue the going gets more challenging. We need to make a greater investment. Dialogue requires a thorough understanding of and insight into ‘Thought and the Thinking Process’ in order for it to be properly implemented according to Bohm. His Consciousness Seminars help to introduce these concepts. Once the idea of ‘Proprioception of Thought’ or as Krishnamurti understands it ‘Meditation,’ is grasped, only then is true dialogue is possible.


Next, one can read ‘On Dialogue,’ by Bohm or check out the condensed ideas on Wiki as an introduction to how to dialogue with others. In an intimate relationship, dialogue can allow for an unpredictable understanding and therefore a more honest communication. In my experience, a relationship that includes the use of dialogue is very enriching and rewarding. We can dialogue in the board room, with our kids, during a conflict or when any deep understanding is required. It can play out in a larger sphere as NVC does also. Bohm felt dialogue was the way to explore the roots of the many crises that face humanity today. “It enables inquiry into, and understanding of, the sorts of processes that fragment and interfere with real communication between individuals, nations and even different parts of the same organization.”

All this is good and well if you have managed to review the tools. However, you need other humans! You need to practice, and practice some more. This is where I leave you to use your imagination and ingenuity. As long as it is joyful and practiced as an experiential learning process, you are on the way to becoming a human who can communicate well. It is worth the effort!

The heart

We have the methods of a therapeutic practitioner and a scientist, now the words of a spiritual master.

Listening with empathy means you listen in such a way that the other person feels you are really listening, really understanding, hearing with your whole being ­­­­— with your heart.

Deep listening, compassionate listening is not listening with the purpose of analyzing or even uncovering what has happened in the past. You listen first of all in order to give the other person relief, a chance to speak out, to feel that someone finally understands him or her. Deep listening is the kind of listening that helps us to keep compassion alive while the other speaks, which may be for half an hour or forty-five minutes. During this time you have in mind only one idea, one desire: to listen in order to give the other person the chance to speak out and suffer less. This is your only purpose. Other things like analyzing, understanding the past, can be a by-product of this work. But first of all listen with compassion.

To listen with all their being, without prejudices, without judgment.

~ Thich Nhat Hahn

When I was training as a homeopath with MICH, it was understood that deep listening was going to be the greatest challenge in our work. The ability we needed to develop was not to shut ourselves up by eradicating thoughts coming from mind and ego, but to know when ‘we’ jumped into the moment of listening. This is important. In meditation, one does not ‘destroy’ the mind or ego, one simply alters the focus on them. The picture is that a meditative state is like an empty blue sky and thoughts are like clouds that pass by, obscuring the view of the sky. All we can do is notice the clouds as quickly as possible and then they will disappear — for the moment, they will reappear and keep on reappearing. So the task is to know what a cloud looks like and when it is present, not to destroy the possibility of clouds ever forming! That would be a violent act and it would not be a heartfelt act of compassion to ourselves, so how could we then extend compassion to the person we are listening to?

“I don’t know how therapists train themselves to acquire this kind of capacity to listen. A therapist also may be full of suffering. While sitting and listening to the client, the seeds of suffering in him or her may be watered. If the therapist is overwhelmed by his own suffering, how can he listen properly to the other person? When you are trained to be a therapist, you have to learn the art of deep listening.” Thich Nhat Hahn understands well what can get in the way of listening deeply to another.

MICH taught us that to be aware of all our personal suffering, judgment, prejudices and the gymnastics of our ego was the first thing to develop in listening. Just to become aware, that is the challenge. Only then can we learn to put ourselves aside when we notice our thoughts and impressions coming up. This is a form of conscious meditation. Once we understand what our mind is doing, we can say, “Oh, there it is again, my ego thoughts about such and such.” And once we are aware, we can dismiss them and continue to deeply listen. How do we find out what mind is doing and if our ego is present in our thoughts? This takes the practice to an even more compelling level. For one, there are no step by step videos or PDFs I can share with you on this. Just to know about it, you can then seek out and find resources that help to understand and experience it. Just keep in mind, thought and ego are slippery fish to contend with. Going back to dialogue can help us to see if what we are doing is leading to awareness and presence or away from it. Listening with the heart can help us decide if we are on the right tract to compassionate, peaceful communication, or not. It is important to open our hearts and inner knowing to what our mind is doing since we cannot logically manage our thoughts any more than we can stare at our own eyeballs. This is why spiritual leaders like Thich Nhat Hahn are helpful. They understand how to open the heart and how to develop compassion.

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With these methods and tools, you can be a baby giraffe well on your way to becoming a great listener. Take small steps, keep trying, and go easy on yourself. No one said listening well was easy, but everyone always says that a good relationship depends on two things, kindness and communication!

A real sweet heart

I often have an admiration for a man of ideas. This Valentine’s Day I thought I would share one of my current sweet hearts. David Bohm was an American theoretical physicist whose work contributed innovative and unorthodox ideas to quantum theory, the philosophy of mind, and neuropsychology. As a scientist, he warned of the dangers of unchecked reason and technology and advocated the need for genuine supportive dialogue which he claimed could broaden and unify the conflicting and troublesome divisions in our social world. His main concern was with understanding the nature of reality in general and of consciousness in particular as a coherent whole which is never static or complete but is an unending process of movement and unfoldment. He is best known for his book Wholeness and The Implicate Order and his work with J. Krishnamurti developing a method of communication called Dialogue. These Krishnamurti–Bohm Dialogues took place over a span of almost 25 years and can be found on YouTube.

Hearts illustration

Consciousness and Coherency

A few months after J. Krishnamurti’s passing in early 1986, friends of David Bohm asked him to host a weekend seminar. These series of annual seminars lasted until 1992 when Bohm himself passed. They are known as the Bohm Consciousness Seminars and cover his ideas on Thought and the nature of Consciousness. I write a lot about the environment and recognizing what a treasure it is. Lately, the ideas I have come across keep telling me the same thing, that saving the planet from our behaviour is not an external exercise but an understanding of what is going on internally. The seminars put this into a unique and critical light based on Bohm’s insights as a physicist. According to Bohm it is, “Practically impossible to find a place on Earth that is not changed by thought.” And this gem, “The best way to save nature is to solve our problems.” Almost everyone in the West can admit they can’t actually stop thinking throughout the day, and that waking up in the middle of the night unable to sleep but instead preoccupied by thoughts is a common occurrence.

Bohm quote

The word coherency comes from the mid 16th century and meant ‘sticking together,’ from the Latin verb cohaerere. It is to be able to speak clearly and logically and means united as or forming a whole. Incoherent thought is what we are experiencing most of the time. We can’t see the incoherence of the thoughts in ourselves nor the unintended actions they bring us to.

If you are incoherent one thing is that you do not produce the intended results. That is one sign of incoherence. Another is that you are contradicting yourself, or a third is you are deceiving yourself. That sort of thought, what is the point of that thought, we would be better off without it. If you say you see nobody intends to destroy planet. Nobody intended that, they merely intended to get rich. Comfortable, rich what ever it was. Now I am not blaming anyone, I am saying all of us were in it. We did not see that this was dangerous, this was incoherent. If our intention was to destroy the planet, we would have been coherent.

Given the current rate of destruction and change compared to 1992 when Bohm left us, we are in a serious state of incoherence about the environment, a run away train of thought-action. It is what he would have called a sustained incoherence.

Bohm quote

Dialoguing to communicate

He also discusses sensitivity, a great word to bring up for Valentine’s Day. In sharing thoughts with others, we often use force. This is a subtle form of violence most of us lack the sensitivity to observe. To convince means to win. To persuade is to cause (someone) to do something through reasoning or argument. It is also based on the words suave and sweet and means to win by sweet talk. “It wasn’t easy, but I persuaded him to do the right thing.” According to Bohm, thought which does not understand what it is doing tends to fall into violence. He proposes we consider the idea that the ultimate violence and the cause of all the violence in the world is based on the destruction of our sensitivity. This is very contrary to the spirit of Dialogue as outlined by Bohm.

Dialogue, as we are choosing to use the word, is a way of exploring the roots of the many crises that face humanity today. It enables inquiry into, and understanding of, the sorts of processes that fragment and interfere with real communication between individuals, nations and even different parts of the same organization.

In Dialogue, a group of people can explore the individual and collective presuppositions, ideas, beliefs, and feelings that subtly control their interactions. It provides an opportunity to participate in a process that displays communication successes and failures. It can reveal the often puzzling patterns of incoherence that lead the group to avoid certain issues or, on the other hand, to insist, against all reason, on standing and defending opinions about particular issues.

Dialogue is a way of observing, collectively, how hidden values and intentions can control our behavior, and how unnoticed cultural differences can clash without our realizing what is occurring. It can therefore be seen as an arena in which collective learning takes place and out of which a sense of increased harmony, fellowship and creativity can arise.

Because the nature of Dialogue is exploratory, its meaning and its methods continue to unfold. No firm rules can be laid down for conducting a Dialogue because its essence is learning – not as the result of consuming a body of information or doctrine imparted by an authority, nor as a means of examining or criticizing a particular theory or programme, but rather as part of an unfolding process of creative participation between peers.

To be able to Dialogue means we need to retain and even enhance our sensitivity, we are exploring with sensitivity. “Whenever you use force to meet a problem arising in thought then you you have not really solved it, you have left more problems, although the force may seem to succeed.” Violence and fear are connected. “If you don’t have the power to exert force, then you will feel fear. If you feel frustrated and would like to use force but you are afraid to use force you will then feel fear, you may project into the other person your own violence and be afraid of it.” Thought creates fear. Most of us are living in a fragmented culture thriving on violence, inflicted with fear and lacking a shared meaning.

…it is proposed that a form of free dialogue may well be one of the most effective ways of investigating the crisis which faces society, and indeed the whole of human nature and consciousness today. Moreover, it may turn out that such a form of free exchange of ideas and information is of fundamental relevance for transforming culture and freeing it of destructive misinformation, so that creativity can be liberated.

Saving the world that existed before human thought

Bohm was trying to resolve issues in the late 80’s that are now major crisis we all face and even then he was not overly hopeful of success since we are no longer hunter and gatherer groups of 40 or so people living together. The real challenge is how to create coherency among billions of people living varied lives and each with a unique view and purpose. He also saw that Dialogue requires a thorough understanding of and insight into Thought and the Thinking Process in order for it to be properly implemented. We all have to work on how to do it in order to benefit from Dialogue. Rather than learning Calculus, school children could be drilled on how to Dialogue, the way one used to learn Latin, a subject has to be practical to modern day.

To sum it up, if we want to save the world that existed before human thought, the best approach is to look at those thoughts and what they do. Have a listen.

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There is something useless in reminiscing, yet my thoughts of late keep going back to the past, the early 90’s when I was young and things were of course better, just because they were. “Why I used to have to walk 5 miles through six feet of snow to get to school without any shoes carrying my two little sisters on my back…” You get the idea. Although in my case it is more like, “I had to survive a whole day without a smart phone, Google and an email address, and gasp, if I had to connect with someone not in the same location as me, I had to pick up the phone and call them and actually talk to them.” The irony is I spent the better part of my 20’s without a phone since we could not afford one so living in the present moment with the person in front of us was as natural as using an outhouse in a winter thunderstorm. There is something about modern times that has alarm bells ringing, and not just my own. The century of the individual has morphed into the new century of the social image. Our relationships are moving more and more into a cyber world of social media, texting and email among other methods. And this can be good, interconnectivity to everyone regardless of location and access to almost any information any time, and not so good, the lonely and disenchanted looking through a shiny glass illusion of what life is supposed to look like.

Denman Island living

What worries me is the number of people I know, including myself, who, when faced with a less than perfect situation or experience, will shut the door to the outside world and retreat into their personal space. A continuation of the Home Depot cocoon trend of started in the 90’s now augmented by modern telecommunications. According to Margaret Rouse Cocooning is the act of insulating or hiding oneself from the normal social environment, which may be perceived as distracting, unfriendly, dangerous, or otherwise unwelcome, at least for the present. In the past, most people would have to go out into the social sphere to function. The social sphere was a part of one’s life, an extension of home where one shopped, worked, went to school, interacted socially and lead a greater part of their lives. I have a suspicion that it was easier if one was having a bad day to find a suitable crutch and just do one’s best. A swig of alcohol, a cigarette, a Twinkie, add a Gravol or other over the counter drug and all your problems were pushed aside. It made you a bit of a fool and numb, but you were out and about regardless.


Source: feministezine.com/feminist/historical/Good-Wifes-Guide.html

Now that health is the latest big trend, we no longer want to be drinking and smoking and certainly not depriving ourselves with pharmaceuticals but that means we no longer have our socially acceptable crutches, and we may no longer be hapless fools in public and instead we we might be wounded, hurt and depressed souls wandering out there in the dangerous world of other souls who according to what we see on the TV or the Internet are probably beautiful, happy and leading exceptionally adventurous and fun lives. And who has the time for anyone who is not happy and not having fun. “Why they must think my whole world is a grey and dusty gravel pit where birds never sing and I certainly would not want to be a downer to their fabulous day. I think I will just stay home.”

The less than perfect moments

I once knew an older fellow who was a bomber pilot in WWII flying. He described the bombing of Dresden and how the orders were specific, avoid bombing the cathedral and try to hit everything else. When the dust finally cleared the cathedral had been destroyed. Sort of like saying to your bomber pilots, don’t think about a pink elephant while you are flying around in your cockpit. He also said that people are no longer very alive. “They are so stiff and reserved and trying so damn hard to be serious.” He would nostalgically tell me about the 50’s when it was ok to be glad to be alive and it was ok to have a drink and loosen one’s tie once in a while.

Dresden frauenkirche ruin 1958Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-60015-0002 / Löwe / CC-BY-SA

Source: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-60015-0002 / Löwe / CC-BY-SA

Maybe age has something to do with it because when I was young in the early 90’s the guys I knew had taken off and thrown away their ties and passing time with each other was the highlight of each day. It was not the vision of hollywood and the TV sitcom, we were trying to get away from that, it was very plainly human. Now, the mass market, media image has given way to the image of regular folks using the same devices, film, photos and Photoshop but the result is the same, we only see the ‘good’ sides of what being human is. The pretty, the fascinating and the power leaden parts of one’s life. The modern day pink elephant is to be happy at all costs.

I wonder how much people are forgetting what it is to be alive and to just be. To not have to be happy, or serious, or in a good mood or doing great. But to be going through something, to be in pain, to be hurt, to want to understand and ultimately to want to find the most healthy thing of all, social interaction with others.

What it is to be human

Thich Nhat Hanh published a new translation of the Heart sutra last year. In a story he tells to help explain why he wanted to revise the text I see one of the reasons we would be better not to stay at home when things are not going so well.

The Zen master asked the novice monk: “Tell me about your understanding of the Heart sutra.”
The novice monk joined his palms and replied: “I have understood that the five skandhas are empty. There are no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body or mind; there are no forms, sounds, smells, tastes, feelings, or objects of mind; the six consciousness do not exist, the eighteen realms of phenomena do not exist, the twelve links of dependent arising do not exist, and even wisdom and attainment do not exist.”
“Do you believe what it says?”
“Yes, I truly believe what it says.”
“Come closer to me,” the Zen master instructed the novice monk. When the novice monk drew near, the Zen master immediately used his thumb and index finger to pinch and twist the novice’s nose. In great agony, the novice cried out “Teacher! You’re hurting me!”
The Zen master looked at the novice. “Just now you said that the nose doesn’t exist. But if the nose doesn’t exist then what’s hurting?”

We all need someone to help show us ourselves instead of wanting the truth to be that the hurt and the part hurting does not exist or that no one else can see it. Only in the experience of being with another person can we really explore ourselves and what we are doing and what it is to be human. Without each other in these moments we will want to cherry pick what is real and what is happening and chances are we will be in error. And this is what we may be losing in the Western cultures, our real need to be ok with being just the very person that we already are.

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Are you having issues with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, concentration levels, depression and other forms of general mental illness? If you live in a city, probably you are. We all do from time to time in the concrete, laboratory experiment called urbanization. Author Matthew Silverstone has found scientific evidence that hugging a tree can help. In his book, Blinded By Science, he cites research indicating a tree’s ability to alleviate our ails when we commune with them. And you don’t have to touch the tree to get better, just being close will have a beneficial effect. He backed up his ideas by citing several scientific studies. One report of how trees might affect us physiologically came to the following conclusion, “Safe, green spaces may be as effective as prescription drugs in treating some forms of mental illnesses.” Well move over Big Pharma and build us all a nice neighbourhood park then.

Amrita devi saving trees source: katesennert.com

Source: katesennert.com

Matthew Silverstone, serial entrepreneur with a degree in economics and a master’s degree in international business, wrote Blinded By Science in 2011. Having attempted and failed to make millions before the age of 25, he decided to leave film making for less glamorous sectors of business and developed many successful companies in cleaning, building, property development, childcare and transport. This work came to a grinding halt with the illness of his son, which suddenly became his full time career. Due to the lack of medical help within the orthodox sectors of science he begin to question everything that he had been told about that science. Since then, his son has made a full recovery using an alternative healing method and Silverstone has made some interesting discoveries.

Life in all its forms

Both his brother and father are professors of medicine, so it was not easy to let go of traditional medical ideas and start questioning the very foundations of science. He spent two years of research and then wrote his book. It helps to explain many of the reasons why doctors will never find cures for some of the major illnesses that are affecting society today. He realized it is the vibrational properties of trees and plants that offer us health benefits. He points out that everything vibrates in a subtle manner and different vibrations affect our biological behaviours. When touching a tree, its different vibrational pattern will affect various biological behaviours within our body. He explains that everything vibrates, absolutely everything, from the nuclei of an atom, to the molecules of the blood, our organs, our brain, light, sound, plants, animals, earth, photons, space, the universe and by understanding this basic principle everything suddenly becomes clear. “Once you apply this theory to the world around you, you will be astounded by what you learn.” Einstein knew this with Wave–Particle duality. “It seems as though we must use sometimes the one theory and sometimes the other, while at times we may use either. We are faced with a new kind of difficulty. We have two contradictory pictures of reality; separately neither of them fully explains the phenomena of light, but together they do.”

Sure, we all know everything vibrates, but do we know yet how vibrations interact with each other? Vibrations, whether they are in the form of sound, light, electricity, magnets or gravity, are the number one factor that causes all of the unknown phenomena that western science fails to understand according to Silverstone. “Without an understanding of this we have been guided down the wrong path by science to where we are today. Most of us have had a very poor scientific teaching in the way that life works, for if we did we would all look at plants, the solar system and our health in a completely different light.”

Bold tree hugging potential

Tree hug

Source: lauramarietv.com/en/the-health-benefits-of-nature-for-your-mind-body-and-soul

I have hugged a lot of trees, meditated next to them, wandered around forests for many hours and now that I am living in a city, I feel a real, tangible deficit of their presence in my life. Unfortunately, it is so much harder to hug a tree when you are in a city where everyone is more content to pop a pill in private thinking that will make them feel better. Help spread the word so us tree huggers don’t have to be considered weirdos, especially if real science can now back us up. Or be bold and set the precedent, go hug your nearest tree today. You will feel better because of it.

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