We want to SHOUT OUT this week to renown and globally cherished Healer AMMA, who will be visiting the Seattle area on her North American Tour (http://amma.org/meeting-amma/north-america) on June 4 and June 05, 2016. She has been an important part of our healing journeys for many years. Amma’s beauty, wisdom, grace and compassion inspire us daily. Please note that the global tour dates are also posted.
Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as Amma , or the hugging saint, is widely regarded as one of India’s foremost spiritual leaders. Amma says that her religion is love. A compassionate healer, she has never asked anyone to change their religion; only to contemplate the essential principles of their own faith and try to live accordingly. But Amma is also an impassioned force to be reckoned with! She has created an International Network of Charitable Organizations -Embracing the World (http://www.embracingtheworld.org/ ) – an NGO with special Consultative Status to the United Nations that is active in 40 Countries. And although Amma may be small in stature, she is expansive of heart, a beautiful songstress who connects directly to the poorest of poor. The “Crown Jewell” health care center of Embracing the World, Amrita Institute of Medical Science or Aims (1600 bed super-specialty hospital ) is one of Asia’s most advanced and premier medical institutions. Interested in learning more about Amma and her humanitarian efforts ? You Tube videos and even full length movies are available for your viewing pleasure. And like Pope Francis and the His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Amma radiates Joy! (when in doubt, choose Joy! Joy heals….).
Merriam Webster defines Healer as one that heals. We are thinking that you and I could have come up with that definition!
“Acts” of healing may be mysterious, intentional , guided, unintentional, apparent or unrecognized. The presence and warm smile of an ER Patient Services Rep. can calm and inspire hope in the incoming patients and their loved ones. We have observed the obvious and subtle healing effects of particular wise and kind environmental service workers working within a health care setting. At times it seems that the disguise of anonymity provides an expanded opportunity to create, enhance, enable wholeness in ourselves and others.
You know this is true! Pets are often healers!
Take a look at this informative and fun conversation about our pet buddies: Utne Reader Using Dogs as Healers :http://www.utne.com/mind-and-body/using-dogs-as-healers-ze0z1408zhou.aspx.
WE have the capacity to enhance our own healing and support the healing of others. Our interaction and awareness of healers/healing in our lives is colored by our beliefs, education, cultural, societal, media presence, biology/biography and life experiences. The science of epigenetics may inspire us to choose to interpret our experiences with positive regard in order to enhance our own healing and well-being.
Many may be aware of contemporary well known healers such as:
Dr. Andrew Weil: an American physician, author, spokesperson, and broadly described “guru” for holistic health and integrative medicine, whose names also constitute an emerging brand of healthcare services and products in these fields-Wikipedia
Hawayo Takata: Hawayo Hiromi Takata, a Japanese-American born in Hanamaulu, Territory of Hawaii, who helped introduce the spiritual practice of Reiki to the Western World – Wikipedia
Judith Orloff MD, board certified psychiatrist and assistant professor of psychiatry at UCLA (http://www.drjudithorloff.com/about-judith-orloff.htm) advocates for “a democracy of healing”, wherein every aspect of our being is granted a vote in the search for total health. It is our birthright, both as health-care givers and health-care recipients, to reclaim our intuition to build energy and well-being.
Health Care Providers may also be powerful and effective healers. Those that are seem to have the ability to be deeply present with their patient, and whatever limited time they have with the patient may be experienced as “timeless”.
We believe that the human experience is colored with opportunities for personal healing and abundant openings to impact the healing of others. Our unique and precious life journeys will allow us to deny, avoid, acknowledge, embrace and transform the challenges we face. Technology expands our capacity to access diverse and easily accessible health and healing resources, many of which are free! We do not have to wait for something to happen to transform us. We can choose to evolve in ways that empower and free us!
For preterm birth survivors in the USA there sometimes seem to be unspoken assumptions that may close rather than open doors to wholeness and healing. Please chew on this… and be aware that all humans have a right to experience wholeness, vitality, vulnerability and love.
Due to the substantial and increasing shortage of Health Care Providers it is incumbent upon us to empower ourselves and our communities with information that will expand our perceptions of healing, health and well-being. The global Neonatal Womb is in great need of expanded healthcare resources.
In a Publication dated November 2013, Global Health Workforce Alliance and World Health Organization; “A Universal Truth: No Health Without a Workforce” reported that there is a current deficit of about 7.2 million skilled health professionals. A projection model driven by population growth would lead to a global deficit of about 12.9 million skilled health professionals by 2035.
So while we determine how we may advance our Healthcare Workforce (the expansion of community health care workers is a compelling development globally and nationally) we can choose in this moment to acknowledge our ownership and abilities to positively impact our personal healing needs, desires and capabilities.