Healing Arts Report

Practices for an Evolving Life

They Don't Tell You How

“You need to love yourself more.” “You shouldn’t feel that way.” “Always put other people first. Don’t be selfish.” The one thing that is missing from all this good advice is telling you HOW to do it. We introduce you to practical tools using your own character traits to support you in creating practical answers to those questions. Read more here.

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Two memoirs tell about times of extreme personal growth in the author’s life. Sunny Side Up is a window into the early 70s when certain young adults were searching for a way to head off society’s path bent on materialism. The Transparent Feather tells of a dying author passing the torch of writing to her new friend cum student.

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You can love yourself and other people as well. At Healing Arts Report we explore fulfilling personal development that at the same time serves to create the shift to a peaceful new world paradigm.

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ―C.G. Jung

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What’s That New Age Business All About?

A couple of weeks ago when I was thinking about the challenge us humans have regarding change and brain plasticity, I was reminded of Marilyn Ferguson. She was one of the first popular non-scientist authors to write about brain/mind research and the physics of consciousness. From 1975 until 1996, 12 years before her death in 2008, she published the Brain/Mind Bulletin, a respected science newsletter she and her staff culled from hundreds of brain research articles each month.

Ferguson often spoke of learning to embrace change. “It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear . . . . It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.”

What I remember most strongly about her, however, is her classic book published in 1980, The Aquarian Conspiracy, as relevant today as it was 30 years ago. In it she explores the topic of transformation in both personal and social meanings.

She spoke of an underground network that is working to transform the way humans look at human potential, specific ideas that are developing change in the fields of health, government, all levels and types of education, business, and religion. Some criticized her for her optimism.

The process she spoke of is still happening and is also still mostly underground. As a culture, after the conflicts popularized by mainstream media between what was called the establishment and the younger generation of the 1960s and 70s, people learned that change was not going to happen through a dualistic battle, even from the inside of organizations needing change. The principles were too different to come from the inside. Now, people are doing the new work they believe in by remaining separate from institutions, being in a place where they can apply different principles.

To be brief, I’ll try to give a flavor of Ferguson’s comparison of paradigms: In politics she contrasts the old paradigm of change as being imposed by authority while in the new paradigm change grows out of consensus.

In the field of medicine the primary interventions are drugs and surgery whereas the new paradigm recommends minimal intervention using technology complemented with education in  non-invasive techniques such as diet, exercise, therapies and the patient having a more autonomous role, the professional being a therapeutic partner.

In education, the emphasis of the old paradigm is on content and on acquiring the right information. The new paradigm emphasizes learning how to learn, accessing all the information available, and understanding the importance of context so we are not railroaded by “one answer fits all” mentality.

In the field of economics, the old paradigm is a promotion of consumption, quantitative values, and exploitation of limited resources. The new paradigm promotes authentic consumption, inclusive of qualitative attributes such as sense of achievement, creativity, and meaning, and being ecologically sensitive, being a steward of resources.

Ferguson also addresses spirituality and its emphasis on the transformation in human connections–that there are “increasing numbers of individuals trying to see more clearly, love more honestly, and do less harm. Attitudes, not answers per se, are the key.”

PRACTICE: Discuss with a friend or write down a conflicting aspect of your life that can be described in terms of one of these differing paradigms in politics, health care, education, economics, or attitude toward life.

Contact. Would you like to know about other authors in particular fields of study? Contact me for a free 20-minute consultation and we can explore who the current authors are that are cutting edge thinkers in your field of interest.