Medicine is incomplete until we acknowledge and reconnect to the source of healing.
As medical science is making a great progress in helping us understand many types of diseases, the future of medicine is truly about "health" or "wellness" rather than sickness. This "wellness revolution" is already happening everywhere in the world. People have started to pay much more attention to organic food, healthy living, clean environment, mind-body connection, better ways to reconnect to the nature, reconnect to themselves and communities worldwide.
But how do we define health or wellness to the first place? Why do we fall to illness? Although tons of medical text books have been devoted to diseases, there are relatively fewer materials written about health instead. Why? Because unless we understand health from an energetic point of view, we will be forever trapped in the physical manifestations of the diseases, which can take many forms and many shapes with infinite possibilities.
1. Understand Health
After many years of studying health and ways to quantify it, Dr. Helen Shih has come up with a more scientific and holistic way of defining "health" as a "Natural Harmonious State of Being" of the body-mind-soul. What does this mean? Health is the balanced and ordered beauty of your entity on many different levels. The vitality, integrity, and harmony of this state are what we call "Health".
To help you understand it more intuitively, if you look at a flower (for example, the sunflower on this page), you can tell right away if the plant is in the state of health or sickness. Why? Because you can see and feel the flower and the energy state the flower is emitting. In the same way, when we meet a person for the first time, we can see and feel how the person is doing in terms of his/her energy state. We do this on an intuitive basis, with our sense of energy. In fact, everyone does this, including the pets who meet their owners for the first time. We are all fundamentally energy beings who can sense energy and live with the energetic structure looking like a flower. This energetic structure can be visible or sensed by those who are particularly sensitive and more developed in this ability. Biomedical scientists are also making breakthroughs in developing instruments that can help us measure such energetic states.
But how do we define this intuitive feeling in a more scientific way? After studying and working in holistic health for many years, Dr. Helen Shih has come up with 3 key elements in defining the healthy state with a systematic and energetic way. Let's use the flower as an example.
"vitality": defines the energy level of the plant (a sick plant is often withering).
"Integrity": defines whether the plant has all pieces together, instead of missing branches or parts.
"Harmony": defines whether all pieces of the plants are in balance rather than certain part is too dominant.
In the same way, when we see the person's health from an energetic point of view, his/her "Human Energy Field" [see Ref], which looks like a flower in fact, needs to have all the 3 elements in place to be healthy. If any of the 3 components are missing, the person will feel sick and out of balance. This leads to the physical, mental, or spiritual disorders or diseases. This principle exists at all levels, from cellular structures to organ systems, from the body to the mind, from individual person to the whole society. This is the fundamental premises of holistic medicine.