Editor’s note: Dominica News Online is delighted to bring you the first of weekly articles on Holistic Health to be written by various practitioners in that field. The articles will be published every Saturday. Our first contributor is Dr. Lucia John who holds a PhD in Vedic Science and Technology.
The entire universe functions according to laws set in motion by the Creator, for the smooth functioning of every Kingdom of the earth and every strata of every kingdom; the violation of these laws knowingly or unknowingly results in stress, premature aging, illness and death.
By definition, Natural Laws are a body of unchanging moral principles regarded as a basis for all human conduct.
In the creation of the earth, first the Mineral kingdom was created to provide a structural basis for the world to exist. Then the Plant Kingdom, which depends upon the Mineral Kingdom for its existence and sustenance and provides the atmospheric conditions suitable for life to exist. Next, there is the Animal Kingdom which provides food, clothing, and in their own way, help to maintain balance in nature. The next kingdom is that of Man – The Human Kingdom.
The human being is the most advanced species on earth and has been given guardianship over all the other kingdoms on earth. Such is the enormous responsibility given to humankind by God. When he fails in his responsibility, he loses the natural way to live and creates havoc in his own life and in the life of the earth and the entire cosmos.
Deep within us, we are all united in one great Divine Unity, and it is that Divine Unity that each and every one of us was asked to seek while still alive and here on earth. When nature is balanced, man is happy, creative, and productive. Happiness is an inner state. Happiness exists within us and Bliss which is concentrated happiness, exists at the core of our being at the level of Silence, Stillness. This state is no longer mystical, it can be measured by science and has been quantified by scientific research.
Our outer life is active, but our inner life is silent, still. This is why, in order to experience inner life, we MUST ‘Be Still’. Outer life is relative, Inner Life is Absolute. Absolute is beyond the relative. To experience the Absolute, the mind must transcend or go beyond the relative, or all active levels of the mind. To transcend means to go beyond and experience the Silence within. In order for outer life to be peaceful and successful, it must be supplemented by inner life. Activity has to be supported by silence. We see this duality of silence and activity in everything we do. When we speak, we have words and pauses. If there are no pauses or pauses in the wrong places, what we say cannot be understood. When we walk, the foot on the ground is as if in silence, and the other foot is in motion or activity, It depends on the silence or stability of the foot on the ground to make a step. If the foot on the ground is not stable, we fall. We have night and day, periods of rest and activity, so all of nature, including mankind can go to sleep and be refreshed for the next day of activity and progress. When humankind violate these laws, sleep loses its effectiveness and stresses are carried on and accumulated from day to day. Man’s progress is stunted.
The human being is made up of body, mind, emotion and soul or spirit. These parts function in harmony for perfect holistic health or wholeness, holiness. Any imbalance results in discomfort, dis-ease, progressive decay and death.
The body functions at an ideal temperature, 96-97 degrees F or so. If we increase this temperature for any reason, we are said to have a fever. If we lower the temperature by even a few degrees, there is also danger of illness. We know that only too well as in the case of the common cold. When we are well rested, and experiencing inner peace, we feel good, we make right choices, we do the right things to have good circumstances for ourselves, others and for society. Whenever we are stressed, that peace is lost, it is replaced by restlessness, anxiety, anger, depression etc. Our mind is clouded and we make mistakes and do wrong things.
When the body functions properly, health is good. All the systems in the body function in harmony, there are no symptoms of illness. The individual experiences happiness, bliss, and peace of mind. When we get stressed and start making mistakes through negative thoughts, foul language, wrong actions and wrong intentions, the harmony is broken. It is as if each system, each organ, each cell in the body is functioning on its own like an orchestra warming up and all you hear is discordant noise.
Whenever we drink icy cold water, we are going against the natural laws of the body and bringing the overall temperature down. The blood becomes thick in lower temperatures and cannot circulate properly especially to and from the extremities of the body. The result is numbness, tingling, pain, swelling; disease sets in. Because of the thickness of the blood, the heart must exert great effort to pump it throughout the body and we get a reading of High Blood Pressure, chronic disease is setting in.
The stomach needs energy to digest our foods, and energy needs oxygen rich blood flowing. If we just drank icy cold water, the blood will not be flowing as it should, so there will be less energy, and digestion cannot produce the end product. This digestion will be a flop and we say we have an indigestion. The half digested food is stored without becoming what it should have been broken down into and the body stores it anyway because it has very little choice. The next meal is coming very soon. We start to put on weight. The organs like the Gall Bladder and the Pancreas which secrete the bile and insulin to aid in digestion must produce twice and three times the amount of digestive fluids needed to make a try at digestion and most of the time, they fail in their efforts, hence all the indigestion we see around us.
We know that the blood starts clotting if it is not at its ideal temperature, if it is not circulating properly, or if it is stagnating. Sometimes we can get the systems in the body so tired that they simply cannot function, and this can have similar effects as drinking icy cold water. In other words we stress the body in anyway, and we may have a similar outcome. Stressed individuals create a stressed society and crime is the result. It is a law of nature. If we run a car without resting it, or run it without oil in the engine, or use wrong mixtures of gas, or low gas or no gas, that car will break down before long. The same with the body. Just as the cells and organs and systems make up a human body, even so, individuals make up the society, the nation.
When the society is filled with crime, it is possible to bring back harmony by having at least 1 percent of that society practicing deep Transcendental Meditation in groups and experiencing the silence within. More than 600 independent scientific studies have been conducted at about 250 independent research institutions and universities like Yale, Harvard and Columbia, to verify the benefits. Children are especially sensitive to stress, and we need to teach them to experience silence so they can grow into mature, fulfilled individuals.
Proper care and proper use of the body and mind result in balance. Intuitively, we know what is right to do, because being made in the image and likeness of God, we are always in contact and in connection with Him. The problem is, are we consciously aware of that link? Are we quiet enough within to be able to listen to His still, soft voice within our hearts. Are we able to listen at all? The condition is to be peaceful within. We may be in the busiest market and we may be as noisy as a stadium during a match, if we are peaceful within, we will always be aware of God’s guidance. It is a deep knowing that is way beyond all manner of understanding or intellectual discourse.
We can easily cultivate this peacefulness within by practicing the inner stillness, silence, every day, day and night, morning and evening. The transcendental Meditation Technique is the most effortless and effective technique for allowing the mind to experience that state of inner peace, develop the full potential of the mind, so the silence within can enrich the activities of everyday life.
Lucia John has a doctorate in Vedic Science and Technology which is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge) which provides guidelines on ideal daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior and the proper use of our senses. Ayurveda reminds us that health is the balanced and dynamic integration between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. Dr. John is also a certified stress therapist, certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation, and is the director of the Perfect Health Institute, Maharishi Vedic Health Spa and co-director of the Dominica Institute of Natural Law.
Dr. John can be contacted at tel #’s: 1 767 449 8154 – 1 767 614 0903 – 1 767 275 8154 or at firstname.lastname@example.org