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Mind Your Health

December 6, 2012

"Soul Medicine" adds a dimension to healthy living

LAKE OCONEE — Body and Soul. You probably have heard that descriptive combination of words in a variety of contexts. I doubt, however, that you will have heard or understood them in the perspective that I am about to present. Two respected authors, a medicine man – Norman Shealy, M.D. and a research scientist investigating “soul” impact on the body – Dawson Church, Ph.D., have written a book entitled SOUL MEDICINE. Are you interested in what this means? Stay with me for it is fascinating material, with implications for your well-being.

First off, “Soul” has been described in many ways, particularly in religious or musical frameworks. Some even speak of it in a romantic way such as “Soul Mate”. In this book the authors define their meaning of “Soul”. It is “a personalized expression of the universal field, as the divine aspect of a human being, of God expressed at the level of a single being, or as a personhood made manifest through pure consciousness, as opposed to physical or mental form”. Got that!? Seekers of extended knowledge, let’s move on. This isn’t fluff.

A beginning point is to understand Epigenics. Epigenics looks at the influences on DNA from outside the cell. The biochemical environment in which cells exist has a profound effect on which genes are activated. The energy environment has an even more rapid effect than the chemical one on gene function and direction. Bottom line deduction here is that you are born with a certain DNA, our hand me down genes from our biological parents and their ancestors. These genes can activate or evolve in a variety of directions depending on the biochemical environment and the energy field present.

Needless to say, this reality has a lot to say with regard to pregnancy, birth and early childhood environment and development. The brain, which drives all thinking, feeling, and behavior is particularly vulnerable to potential changes as it evolves into its “wired” state.

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