Western medicine is underpinned by the philosophical principle of materialism - that the basis of all creation is matter. This gives the science upon which this medicine is built a place to stand upon and come from. I have a great deal of respect for this medicine since I’m also trained in this method. Yet treating the body like a machine works up to a point. Yet with all the well meaning in the world and huge investment, it breaks down when it comes to chronic degenerative diseases such as cancer.
There are a number of paradoxes - to do with consciousness - that cannot be explained with materialism - such as placebo, no-cebo, hands on healing, prayer, faith, spontaneous remission, laughter cure, as well as the established alternative and complementary medicines etc…
The fact that these paradoxes are not random occurrences makes it rather irritating when one tries to find a consistent and reproducible explanation and therefore a cure to chronic illnesses predicated on materialism.
The problem is actually resolved when one takes on the fact that consciousness is the ground of being from which all energy and matter arises. This would be an all inclusive basis upon which every type of phenomenon can be understood and more importantly, in the field of health and healing, would bring enormous benefits. One would still need the input and expertise of the Western medical professionals and surgeons, yet one would not be limited to just this outcome - often rather bleak when it comes to healing from chronic illnesses, if at all.
The medicine which I practice is grounded within the Classics of Chinese Medicine (circa 2nd Century BCE). This medicine is very much about healing the Heart - the Sovereign - both in the literal and metaphysical sense. This is often referred to as energy medicine.
As a man of science and a seeker of Truth, I’ve also looked to the modern science which grapples with the paradox between matter & consciousness. This science is backed by extensive research, and for some, a compelling explanation for the possibility of consciousness as the basis, ground of being, of all other phenomena. This science isn’t even new - having it’s origins in the early part of the 20th Century. It’s applications have been successfully applied to the astounding progress in all the fields of human endeavour, but hitherto has yet to impact the progress and practice of both conventional and alternative medicines.
No claim is being made to replace current medical or alternative medicine practices. Indeed if one is sick and has access to excellent care and attention, one must continue to listen to and follow the particular doctor or practitioner's guidelines. This is simply my impression and idea of what I've observed and as fertile soil for continued research and integration for the betterment of ourselves and our patients.
Biocentricism, Bob Berman, Robert Lanza
Vibrational Medicine. Richard Geber, MD
The Quantum Doctor, Amit Goswami, PhD
Radical Remission, Kelly Turner, PhD
Proof of Heaven, Dr Eben Alexander, MD
Spontaneous Healing, Dr Andrew Weill, MD
I’ve devoted most of my life exploring the inner science of meditation. It initially began as a pastime and hobby, as a way to help me cope and understand my circumstances. Over the years it has helped me arrive to a deeper awareness and appreciation of the human condition. Though each person’s experience is unique, important, and worthy of respect and compassion, the underlying truths for how and why we all suffer and how we can transcend it, is thankfully universal. In my professional life, I’ve devoted the past 20 years to the practice of Western and Far Eastern medicines.
What is an emerging and consistent pattern is that no matter what people are seeking a cure, advice, or counsel for - the real reason is always the same. Each of us is seeking to become whole, healed, and thus to feel complete and at peace. I’m probably very late in arriving at this insight and I won’t be the last. However this is a real game changer to everyone at any stage of life.
So what I’ve come to know, and continue to deepen appreciation for, is that a human being is composed of a physical body and a non physical, formless, consciousness or mind. What I also know is that it’s not matter vs consciousness split, but actually it’s that consciousness is the ground being of all of creation. This is not a religious or philosophical assertion but a personal, spiritual truth that I’ve come to understand. For me it’s the underlying, basic, principle that underpins how life works. It is inclusive of all the knowledge and discoveries in the material and spiritual dimensions of being.
At this level there are no contradictions, and everything that appears is infused with this quality of vibrancy and aliveness. We are never separate from the awareness of the appearance of things. It seems so obvious that it's not even something that needs so much attention or perhaps to be stated. Yet this simple insight will revolutionise your life when we learn to live from this space.
Also that there are limitless depths of mind. Each level includes the previous levels, and also reveals another dimension of consciousness. At each of these levels, mind functions to know, create and experience, mainly through thoughts and feelings. Every moment of our life is pervaded by our mind. It’s certain that, as Michael Neill puts it, we live inside the feeling of our thinking.
The Inner Space of Knowing
Whenever we leave the fixation of thinking for a moment, and pay attention to the space beyond thoughts, we notice and experience that mind is naturally peaceful.
Take for instance this moment as you’re reading this blog.
What are you aware of?
Are you aware of what the words are written upon?
In this case the white background…it's the backdrop upon which the words are written.
If you shift your attention beyond the words and into the space behind, you’ll notice that there is a lot more space than written words.
Similarly, the contents of our mind - thoughts, feelings, images, memories - arise within the space of our mind.
Most of the time our attention is fixated on the contents of the mind. Now and then, when we’re not caught up, we experience a moment of freedom. A lightness, even peace of mind that arises from within. This can occur even in the midst of very difficult circumstances.
A Simple Practice
Try this for a moment…
So what do you notice when you shift your attention from thoughts to the space beyond the thoughts?
So you don’t need to try to control the thinking, just let them come and go, simply choose to shift your awareness and pay attention to the space behind the thoughts.
Play with this and feel what you feel…
At certain points you may experience a more settled sense of peace and stillness arising within…you’re actually glimpsing the inner space of knowing that is your mind - the knower and creator of your thoughts and feelings.
Eventually with gentle and relaxed practice, not pushing for any outcomes, you’ll begin to notice more and more of this space... Your mind’s activity won’t necessarily cease, yet your attention isn’t so fixated on the contents and is actually resting in the space beyond thoughts - awareness itself.
At some point you’ll start to feel that you’re arriving to the home you’ve been seeking for so long. This is the boundless and limitless potential of the space of knowing within you.
You’ll begin to feel more alive, more sense of possibility, peace…
The Presence of Mind and Restoration of Health
You’ll begin to awaken to the present moment as complete and perfectly whole. Your sense of wellbeing improves and is less determined by the ebb and flow of external circumstances nor your emotions. You’ll notice that beneath all of this is a constant, steady and boundless dimension, a deeper resource - the peace of mind - ever present. In short you’ll simply function better and just be more comfortable with being yourself.
Your physical body will begin to restore itself and begin to heal.
The sympathetic nervous system (fight and flight) eases and the parasympathetic system (rest and restore) will kick in. This has a rejuvenating effect on the rest of your body.
The more aware you become of this space within, the greater the impact you’ll notice
Of course you’ll need to do the things to maintain physical health such as exercise, eat well, and take the medicines, supplements and so forth that you’ve been prescribed or you find helpful.
However you’ll no longer have to do these things out of a fear of not getting sick. Your reason will shift to doing these things because you enjoy maintaining your health. You’ll notice that it will not be so much of a chore to enjoy maintaining your health, rather than the pressure of not getting sick.
You'll want to do things that remind you of your innate wellbeing. Aside from the restorative effects of being in this space, your mind becomes so spacious that fresh and new thinking can arise, your innately abundant creativity and resilience will become more evident. What's more there's no need to adopt an other kind of life than the very one you already have. You'll begin to know how truly wonderful it actually is. It's a place of limitless possibilities, in fact where miracles can occur, and with greater frequency.
How To Solve Our Human Problems, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
The Space Within, Michael Neill
The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle
Life is frankly not easy...don’t you find?
Phew! I thought it was just me who sees this 😊
Yet when we come to know the underlying principle that underpins how life works, it makes the navigation much easier, and with practice, the penny will drop, we’ll just ‘get it’....our confidence will increase, and we shall move through life with great ease.
Of course when we discover this principle the consciousness, we still need to face what we face, yet we know exactly where it comes from and what to do about it. We end up not needing to escape from life, but actually thrive.
So instead of shifting the furniture of thinking around, we simply know that thinking is a part of the creative potential of mind. When we come to know this, we can simply choose to stop paying attention to the thinking that makes us feel unhappy, and in doing so, we are returned to the spaciousness and peace of our mind.
This level of change is vertical rather than horizontal....transformation see levels of change article
At the heart of transformation are insights - a vision from within.
We often shift around what and how we think. Yet it’s just thinking - we don’t need to do anything or add anything to it. When we see beyond the thinking, we drop back into the abundantly peaceful, and boundlessly creative space within. From this space, fresh new thinking or insights can arise. This vision from within changes everything!
So we never need to push or seek for new insights, they will arise from the limitless creative potential of mind itself.
The field of the finite is all that we can see, hear, touch, remember, and describe. This field is basically that which is manifest, tangible.
What is a principle?
Our basic understanding of anything in life is built upon a few basic building blocks, elements or principles. Once we get a handle on those principles then we unlock what that thing is and harness it to our benefit.
Before the apple fell upon Newton’s head, gravity was already functioning. After it was discovered, gravity continued to function, yet human material development rocked when we learned how to apply it. The same goes to the discovery of the other principles in the material world, such as electricity and magnetism.
So a principle here refers to a district and unique characteristic of something which determines how it behaves.
Consciousness is the underlying, basic principle of life
The principle of consciousness is a basic fact of life. Once we unlock what this is, we can harness it’s power to vastly improve upon our experience of life.
This is a fresh and new perspective on mind. It’s not related to the current trend in material science that consciousness is a byproduct of brain. To my mind I’ve never seen a lump of protein with chemical and electrical impulses create a thought or imagine anything.
My understanding is that mind/consciousness is the basis of life. Consciousness is the formless, foundational aspect of life and which can be known through how it works.
What we call life is actually the experience within our limitless, boundlessly creating, formless mind. Everything we experience is created and perceived by our mind. Our mind is not a pea sized thing but a limitless, formless continuum and has no material form. In fact the evidence is stacking up both experimentally and experientially, that consciousness is the compelling reason for life and all that manifests for us.
Our personal mind is in the same nature continuum as boundless consciousness - an underlying, pervasive intelligence which is aware, creates and has a quality of aliveness in which we live. Consciousness has a vital, alive. vibrant energy. There really isn't an actual split between our own and that of infinite consciousness.
What is consciousness?
Consciousness is pure awareness. This has infinite levels. The quality of our experience depends upon the level of awareness in any moment. When we transcend the everyday level of experience, we also include the other levels. The difference is that we are no longer taken in by the previously solid, fixed, 'real', unchanging reality. We actually begin to experience that mind itself is actually peaceful, some may even describe it as blissful.
On the surface levels things appear as very solid, real, literal, unchanging. At a deeper level things that appear to mind are less solid, yet no less real, illusory, and very fluid.
At the deepest level, ground zero, things appear just as they are formless, illusory, fluid. At this stage one is said to be fully awakened to the way things are.
Consciousness creates thoughts which create our individual experience of reality. There is never an experience that is not created by a thought. We each of us live inside the experience of our thinking, our personal reality.
A part of a greater whole
Who hasn't ever looked up to the stars and to the magnificence of nature and not marvelled at how it all works? How do the stars stay in orbit, how do the seasons know how to turn? What is the creative force behind conception? Why should we be alive at all?
No matter what we believe, what we all have experience of is that we’re a part of a greater whole and that we’re definitely not in charge of how things unfold.
There are various names for this larger aspect of our experience.
Whatever we call it, we all know that we’re not the ones who ultimately run the show. It is also unfused with limitless creative potential, aliveness, and boundless creativity. This turns out this is a good thing and it can deeply transform us when we learn to life from this space. We no longer need to be in control (we never actually were anyway), and life, far from being chaotic, turns out to be effortless, peaceful, creative and productive and always infused with meaning. This is not even close to the inner experience and the outer application of this simple and universal truth. What's actually astounding is that no more people have awoken to this fact that we live in an abundantly creative, benevolent and limitless universe of our consciousness.
All these things point to the observation that there is something that’s far greater than our personal human sized reference point, and it's inclusive for everything and everyone. I’m certain that anyone has at least some awareness of a part of themselves that exists beyond whatever personal circumstances they’ve had to face. When we learn to spend more time there, our life becomes more peaceful, beautiful, and impactful.
Awakening to and living from this principle that we are always inside the limitless, aware and creative potential of consciousness changes everything.
Of course awakening to this ground of being is actually simple as it's all around us - we're like fish who are blind to the water that they swim in - it's all around us - we're within and a product of it. There are many entry points to this - this knowledge is inclusive and nobody holds exclusive rights to this. The best that each person can do is simply to awaken to this marvellous thing that animates life and spark up this insight in others just by living and acting from this place.
The Inside Out Revolution, Michael Neil
Mind to Matter, Dawson Church
The Missing Link, Syd Banks
You see things; and you say 'Why?'
Over the years, I’ve been very curious to unite the two worlds of Western and Classical Chinese medicine. I know that this might seem impossible, yet the direction it will come from will be in the science of quantum physics. In particular the science within consciousness. It is like all things fresh and new, one needs to really be clear what is science and what is fantasy masked as science. Finding the underlying philosophical principle and applying the science to human health, performance, and evolution. What if this were possible? How would it impact an individual’s life?
Having had the privilege to practice a material based medicine as well an energetic based medicine has given me a few insights into both strengths and limitations in each approach.
Western medicine, for all it’s successes and limitations can at least stand upon the philosophical foundation of materialism. From this viewpoint comes the science, making it a viable basis for investment and research. So at least it’s a consistent model. Yet it has definitely hit its ceiling limit and isn’t actually progressing any further despite massive investment of money and human effort.
Yet the materialist model of reality, upon which Western medicine is based, cannot explain paradoxes such as placebo, nocebo, distant healing, prayer, spontaneous remissions. In fact materialists have yet to produce consciousness from a computer or biological matter. This is known as the 'hard' question to champions of materialist philosophy - how does matter produce the creative genius of being alive?
By contrast, the field of medicine called complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), is made up of fractious entities and has very mixed receptions. Some individuals swear by it, others deride it. Indeed it works, I know. Yet the medicines of Chinese medicine, homeopathy, Ayurveda, hands on or remote healing, each have their own theoretical and philosophical foundations. The thing with CAM is that they don’t appear to have a clear philosophical principle from which they can stand on and be clearly communicated, researched or taught as a consistent field of study and application. Outcomes appear spurious, nor can they be easily replicated. The language they use doesn’t help very much unless you buy fully into the philosophy.
Yet these models, based upon an energetic language doesn't fully explain the fact that, despite taking these remedies, and attending for healing sessions, more miracles don't occur, and that the physical body still gets sick and requires western medical interventions when it malfunctions.
So we do to the spiritual dimension - yet again one does feel infinitely well - yet there still occurs imbalances in energy and demise of the physical body.
Wo that's the way forward to ingrate these layers of the human experience? So is there a way forward to unite these apparently very separate world views? Is there an emergent science that can finally marry these into one language? Can it be inclusive and also play to the strengths of all these medicines? How would this impact upon human health, performance and evolution?
To my mind I believe so!
The philosophy, science, knowledge, and research already exists. The other fields of humanity have already begun integrating the science of quantum physics to the material advancement in technology and science. It is from the field of quantum physics that the "science within consciousness" (Goswami) has broken through with the unifying principle that can include all the traditions of medicine.
The premise is that
This is astoundingly good news.
Over time I shall be posting my understanding and more importantly the application of this information towards impacting the people with whom I am invited to work with. It’s an evolving documentation of my exploration into the underlying principle of consciousness.
The Quantum Doctor, Amit Goswami
Mind To Matter, Dawson Church
The Enlightened Gardener, Syd Banks