Section IX: Reimagining and Reinventing Bodily-Spiritual Health

Track 3: The Quest for Wholeness: East and West
(Andrew Park)

 

The Third track of Section IX will explore holistic healing, beginning with the healing of bodily sickness. In the East the close connection between physical health and psychological and spiritual health has long been recognized. In the modern West the tendency has been to separate these dimensions of human existence, but today the need to develop more holistic approaches is widely recognized. Even so, holistic Western medicine operates in terms of Western science and, therefore, of the modern understanding of the body. It recognizes that such Eastern methods as acupuncture are effective but this recognition has not led to expanding its theory to explain this effectiveness. There are still different understandings of the body in its relation to mind and spirit in the globe. The goal of this track will be to work toward a comprehensive and inclusive understanding of human healing as embodied minds and spirits in connection with the environment. This obviously has implications for the institutions and professions involved.

 

Presentations:

 

Re-envisioning and Re-Inventing Bodily, Spiritual, and Ecological Health

Prof. Rita Sherma

Director of Hindu Studies and Associate Professor of Dharma Studies, the Graduate Theological Union, CA

June 5 Fri 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #1 (Pomona College Classrooms)

Using an adapted yogic technique from an ancient lineage of Hindu yoga, this presentation teaches a luminous visualization healing method that can be applied to the human body to heal emerging pathologies and psychological trauma, or to imbue resistive subtle energy into/onto endangered natural habitats.

 

Holistic Approach of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine in Treating Patients with Mental Disorder

Won Jung Choi, Dong Suk Jang, Sunghu Kim, Hyoung Man Jeon, Hye Sun Kang, Seung Yong Park,

Soonju Park, Sun Wook Kim, Chul Hahn and Ki Haeng Cho

South Baylo University

Los Angeles, California

June 5 Fri 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #2 (Pomona College Classrooms)

Whereas Western biomedicine employs reductionistic approaches based on the mind/body dualism in treating mental disorders accompanying physical disorders, “Acupuncture and Asian Medicine” (AAM) engages pattern diagnoses based on holism in treating patients with mental disorders concurring with physical symptoms such as pain, numbness, paralysis, etc. Series of clinical case studies were conducted to verify the effectiveness of the AAM treatment on patients with depression, insomnia, and pains. The regression curves of outcomes showed the healing recovery of these patients from depression, insomnia, and pains within 45 to 60 days of treatment. These clinical results provide the evidence that the holistic approach of AAM is effective in diagnosing and treating patients with mental disorder. Our team of AAM will elaborate on the philosophical foundation of holism in AAM during the time of clinical demonstrations.

Toward a holistic healing beyond East and West

Andrew Sung Park

Professor of Theology and Ethics

United Theological Seminary, OH

June 6 Sat 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #3 (Pomona College Classrooms)

This presentation will involve the quest for wholeness beyond Eastern and Western medicine.  Both Eastern and Western medicines have their strengths and shortcomings. Recently a new movement of healing has arisen to emphasize the importance of the use of our own internal resources for the cure of our bodies. Such a movement highlights mind over medicine as seen in clinical experiments of placebos, while modulating the curing effect of medicines over our bodies. Beyond the mind-over-medicine movement, I will highlight our holistic health coming from Eastern and Western medicines, from the integration of the mind, body, and spirit, and from our interaction with the God of immanence/transcendence.

Post Trauma Syndrome Disorder

Dr. Bob Ireland

June 6 Sat 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #3 (Pomona College Classroom)

 

A Holistic Healing: Case Studies

Dr. Randy Clark

Founder of Global Awakening and Adjunct Professor of United Theological Seminary

June 6 Sat 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #5 (Pomona College Classrooms)

I will present a model of healing that is based upon a personal relationship with the Triune God; that results in receiving information from Him revealing what He is desires to do; that involves faith as a key to releasing the power of His energy; that has an understanding of the holistic human nature, body, soul, and spirit; and the varieties of causes of illness that often needs to be addressed in the healing process,  psychosomatic, psychoneuroimmunological, genetic, environmental, natural (aging process), accident, spiritual, or an afflicting spirit. Case studies of the more inexplicable cases will be utilized, including video.

 

My Experience of God in Africa

Dr. Rolland Baker

Christian missionary and founder of Iris Global

and the author of several books with Heidi Baker

June 6 Sat 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #4 (Pomona College Classrooms)

The urgent issue is whether God can be found, encountered, experienced, known and intimately loved by human beings. And to what extent? What does the invisible, infinite spirit that is God have to do with us on this earth? In what sense does God communicate Godself through the god/man Jesus? Does God act in our world, either through “natural” means, or supernatural? How do we actually relate to God? I will address these questions through personal testimony and my experience of holistic healing in our ministry in Africa.

 

Jesus, Reiki Healing Touch, and a Holistic Vision of Life

Prof. Bruce Epperly

Professor of Practical Theology and Director of Continuing Education

Lancaster Theological Seminary, PA

June 7 Sun 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #6 (Pomona College Classrooms)

Along with Hippocrates, Jesus has been described as the second founder of Western medicine. His approach to healing involved the interplay of body, mind, spirit, as well as prophetic hospitality and challenge. Jesus used a variety of healing modalities, including the transformation of energy. In recent years, reiki healing touch, originating in Japan, has become a popular method for personal healing, based on the Chinese-Japanese understanding of chi or ki. The integration of Jesus’ healing ministry and reiki healing touch inspires a truly holistic vision involving the best of Eastern and Western medicine and understandings of holistic spirituality and spiritual formation.

 

A RETURN TO WHOLENESS

Spiritual Elder Jaki Daniels

A leader of mind/body healing and future medicine

June 7 Sun 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #7 (Pomona College Classrooms) Jackie Daniels

The root cause of illness is an imbalance in the life-force of a living system that prevents the natural laws available to support inherent wellness from functioning at their peak. The ancient Chinese sages were masters at observing, understanding, and applying the laws of nature in a practical, complex, and effective system of healing. Yet wherever we live on this planet, it is our ability to know our unique micro-environment, both internal and external, to be aware of the features and qualities of nature in its offerings of the complimentary life-force necessary to support health, and more, to engage in deep relationship with the living land, allowing it to inform, guide, and help us heal in ways that follow in the footprints of our indigenous ancestors. This level of support and reciprocity requires the inherent skills and gifts of the ‘medicine person’, development and maintenance of community, a direct relationship with the land that supports life, and ritual and ceremony to strengthen the spirit and contribute a sense of joy, peace, meaning and purpose. All of this is not only possible, it has the ability to offer more than the restoration of physical health by also creating a sense of wellness that radiates outward from the individual patient and creates ripple effects that extend into their family and community, and encourages ways of living that honour and respect the earth and ‘all our relations’.

My proposed presentation would outline a method I have developed to create a practical, economical, effective, safe, non-invasive, and ecologically sustainable system of holistic medicine that reaches deep into the patient and supports their functioning on all levels; body, mind, emotion, and spirit. This combination of Classical Chinese Five Element Medicine with what I refer to as ‘Indigenous Medicine” (both requiring a deep understanding of the laws of nature and the process of healing) as they are expressed in the living land on which people live, enables illness at any and all levels to be alleviated and a natural state of wellness to be restored.

Bio: Jaki Daniels has been a natural healing arts practitioner in Calgary, Alberta, Canada for 27 years. Originally focussing on herbalism (Master Herbalist) Aromatherapy (Certified Practitioner) and Classical Chinese Medicine – Five Element Healing (non-traditional instruction), she is currently one of the founding members of the Kaheeyu Mountain Institute, a collegial network of educators and practitioners whose motto is “Bridging the worlds of ancient and modern, art and science, energy and matter.” She has written two books: Heeding the Call: A Personal Journey to the Sacred, and The Medicine Path: A return to the healing ways of our indigenous ancestors. She divides her time between her busy healing practice 4 days per week, her teaching and training of other practitioners, her writing, and her community work as a spiritual elder.

 

A Healing Relationship of Differance

Dr. Sang Yil Kim

Prof. of South Baylor University

June 7 Sun 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #8 (Pomona College Classrooms)

Newton’s science regards the relationship between a disease and medicines as that of opposition, not of differance. Accordingly, western medical science views the relationship between a disease and medicines as that of opposition and struggle. The disease is an object of eradication by medicines. According to such a view, a physician treats a disease and medicines cure the disease. Then, however, are diseases and medicines really opposing against each other? According to western medical science, if a disease is a question, then a medicine is an answer. Patients pose questions and physicians give them answers. Is it really true? Though western medical science thinks the virus is the cause of a disease, the medicine to eradicate it is yet to be discovered. When a medicine is developed, a new virus not to be removed by it appears almost immediately. In other words, a medicine does not cure a disease but brings about new diseases. Oriental medical science has been aware of this paradox since a very early beginning. In other words, it has understood a medicine is not different from a disease. Accordingly, a disease is not cured by medicines put into a human body, but is to be cured by the disease itself based on the paradox that the disease is the medicine, which turns out to be a relationship of differance. A role of the physician is defined in the same understanding. A patient is a physician for his own disease. In oriental medical science, when a patient comes to a physician’s, the physician bows first to the patient. Because it is believed that the patient is the physician for himself and the physician can do no more than as an assistant to the patient. Socrates once said that teachers were like midwives, which means the students already have knowledge inside themselves. In Korea, people say “A guest has visited”, when one gets ill with an epidemic like smallpox. It means a disease should be treated with care as a dear guest, which seems to have been originated from the traditional belief that a guest is to be treated as an owner of the place. A disease is not an object of eradication and extermination.

 

Title; Leap of Faith from Dreadful Dying to Peaceful Passing

Sok Kyu Lee, MD MA

Allergy & Immunology Specialist, Pediatrician

June 7 Sun 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Track & Class Sessions #8 (Pomona College Classrooms)

A blissful life necessitates holistic joy, fearless and peaceful in harmony and hope. So does a peaceful death. These require a redefinition of the current idea of Western Wellness, then a reconstruction with Eastern understanding of holistic healing. The Western ideal of painless and worry-free life should be deconstructed. Then, the Eastern acceptance of worldly suffering is to be embraced with the non-existence of the eternal self of Buddhism, and the creative self-transformation of Neo-Confucianism. 

    While the Western fear of death and dying became ‘the facts manifested’ thanks to modern advancement of the medical science, it is the time (kairos) to be befriended with our mortality through Eastern equanimity and peace at our death’s door. Whereas we of Western science get afraid of becoming sick in mind and body, we of Confucian students can welcome aging and getting wiser. Together, sickness, aging and death are accepted as inevitable. Rather than struggling to avoid in practice, we should welcome them, in spirit, as a suffering servant of Bodhisattva, because this Chinese Kwan-Un intends to stay within us. Lest we get entrapped by Euro-American concept of wellbeing, we need a paradigm shift to become global beings of holistic healing. The concrete praxis of paradigm shift is to be searched and discerned through Greek and Eastern philosophies and Whiteheadian theology.

 

 

Bibliography:

1. Health and Healing: The Philosophy of Integrative Medicine and Optimum Health

By Andrew Weil 

Publisher: Mariner Books; Revised edition 

 

2. Reiki Healing Touch: And the Way of Jesus

by Bruce Epperly & Katherine Gould-Epperly 

Publisher: Northstone  

 

3. Healing East and West: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Psychology

by Anees A. Sheikh (Editor), Katherina S. Sheik

Publisher: Wiley

 

4. Ministry Team Manuel

by Randy Clark

Publisher: Apostolic Network of Global Awakening

 

5. Always Enough: God’s Miraculous Provision among the Poorest Children on Earth

by Rolland Baker and Heidi Baker

Publisher: Chosen Books

 

6. From Hurt To Healing

by Andrew Sung Park

Publisher: Abingdon Press

 

7. In God’s Presence: Theological Reflections on Prayer

by Dr. Marjorie Suchocki

Publisher: Chalice Press

 

8. Praying for Jennifer

By John Cobb

Publisher: Winf & Stock Pub