A Return to Healing by Len Saputo, MD
"Malama kou kino, e na `ohana, e na `aina"...take care of yourself, the families, and the land. From what I understand, Hawaiians have understood this message from ancient times and know it is the basis for developing sustainable communities that serve each of us, our families, and Mother Earth. It seems that today we have forgotten who we are and how we must live if life is to have the sacred meaning that was intended. Sadly, we are witnessing a time when social disparities are worsening and moral outrage is growing. Yet now we are in the midst of another social revolution, one that offers great promise of evolutionary transformation.
Throughout recorded history, humanity has created the changes we needed through revolution rather than evolution. It has been a recurring cycle, generation after generation, because at some point we can no longer tolerate the tyranny of corrupt government. Yet each time a new government is created, corruption insidiously infiltrates it, and the process of revolution once again repeats itself. What happened to social transformation and evolution?
Why haven't we learned from this unsatisfying and primitive pattern and evolved into a more sensible and productive way of living together? Is it simply that human beings are innately hopelessly narcissistic? Are highly evolved people like Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Mother Teresa, etc. simply exceptional freaks of nature? Are we doomed to live under the will of self-serving people who control extraordinary amounts of money and power because we have unwittingly come to believe that the holy grail of human success is money and power?
We need a plan if we are going to transcend from this scenario and evolve to a higher level of consciousness where we live in community, where service trumps materialism, and where we listen to and care about all of our brothers and sisters no matter where they reside. It was Einstein who once said, "You cannot solve a problem at the same level of consciousness at which it was created." Sadly, the forces controlling our culture are heavily invested and dependent on the status quo. They resist change at all cost because it puts both market share and profitability at risk. So, what chance do we have of evolving to a higher level of consciousness so long as people who are corruptible are in power?
What we may not realize is that "we the people" have the power to create the government we want and we always did! We don't deeply appreciate the philosophy of Gandhi that tells us we should "be the change we want to see." If we did we would realize that collectively we are absolutely and completely unstoppable. The transfer of power is one person at a time. And sustainable change is empowered through inspiration, not legislation. When we become the change we want to see, others may become inspired to join in and gradually, one by one, change will become a collective force that has unlimited potential. This is an evolutionary process.
We have foolishly agreed to live in a dualistic society where we view ourselves as separate from one another, from other communities, from other nations, and from nature itself. Yet we long for the return to wholeness, to the oneness of the universe. This is the higher level of consciousness to which humanity needs to evolve, beyond simple revolution.
We have become pioneers, "peaceful warriors" who are re-blazing trails that have not been walked upon for millennia. As pioneers, it may take a lifetime to complete just one foot of a ten mile journey. Yet without attempting this seemingly insignificant and relatively unnoticed distance, the journey never begins and cannot morph into a full blown social transformation. When sufficient momentum eventually builds, a tipping point is reached and transformation becomes inevitable. The change is much like the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly. To those who have never witnessed such a dramatic transformation, it can be totally unsuspected and shocking.
As part of my contribution to social transformation, in 1994 I founded the Health Medicine Forum (www.DoctorSaputo.com) and together we created a health care model called "Integral Health Medicine" that operates from a far higher level of consciousness than HMO medicine. We have been practicing this style of health care at the Health Medicine Center in the San Francisco Bay Area for a decade. It is based on four principles: integrative, holistic, person-centered, and preventive health care.
One of the highlights of Integral Health Medicine is the Healing Circle, where we bring together 5-7 health care practitioners of varied disciplines with a patient for two hours to support his or her return to healing. Healing Circles are a service provided free of charge as part of our commitment to give to the community and inspire a higher level of social operation. They are much like early huna communities in which everyone works together and invokes spirit to guide the way to heal each individual member and simultaneously elevate the level of consciousness of the entire village. You can read more about Healing Circles and Integral Health Medicine in my book, A Return to Healing: Radical Health Care Reform and the Future of Medicine.
We are all inseparably interconnected with the universe. We are part of it and at the same time it is part of us. When we experience what it feels like to support the universe and be supported at the same time and we "let go" we begin to notice the oneness that emerges. We must always remember, "Malama kou kino, e na `ohana, e na `aina."
Len Saputo, MD is a graduate of Duke University Medical School and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He was in private practice in affiliation with John Muir Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 30 years. His approach to healing is based on "Health Medicine" - an integrative, holistic, person-centered, and preventive model. Further information on Len's work with Health Medicine, the Forum, and the Health Medicine Center are available on the Internet at www.healthmedicine.org.
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