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Of Allergies and Energies

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Allergies shape our lives.  Most of us have experienced allergy symptoms or have lived with someone who has.  Runny noses and watery eyes are common nui­sances.  More seriously, anaphylactic shock from severe allergies can be life threatening.
We attempt to minimize the impact allergies have on us and our loved ones with various concessions.  We keep tissues in every room.  We buy special filtered vacuum cleaners and cloak our mattresses with impermeable covers.  We restrict our diets, denying ourselves foods like tomatoes or dairy products.  We even refuse our children the pets they desire because of the dander generated by cats and dogs.
Unfortunately none of these measures insure relief from allergy symptoms.  Even when we avoid all known aller­gens, our health may be compromised by unidentified or asymptomatic allergies.  As allergies drain our immune systems, we become more susceptible to colds and flu.
What can be done about our allergies?  Contemporary medicine prescribes pills, shots, sprays, inhalers, and has created copious over-the-counter remedies.  Drugs may help with the immediate symp­toms of our afflictions but they require constant use.  Eventually they loose effec­tiveness.  Dosages must be increased or replaced with stronger drugs.  Often new allergies are created by this process.  Quite simply, western medicine offers scant long-term relief from common allergies.
A brief look into the history of medi­cine in our culture gives us the beginning of a new approach.

Evolution of Healing

Not so long ago our personal world was small.  Our boundaries were defined by our communities.  We lived and worked and married within small isolated areas.  In those days we enjoyed a natural communion with the world around us, and the business of healing fell primarily to local people of intuitive wisdom.  When health was compromised, these natural healers restored balance with remedies provided by Mother Earth.  The key to natural health was knowing the unity of all living things.
With global exploration and the com­ing of the Industrial Revolution this inti­mate, personal world was headed toward extinction.  Transportation and communi­cation broadened our neighborhoods to include towns, cities, and even countries.  People left the farms and the land, and migrated to cities to find work in factories and office buildings.
Problems arose with the beginning of unbridled expansion.  The air we breathed became polluted with the chemicals of our “modern” world.  Food, trucked from increasing distances, began to lose its nutritional value.  In our expanded com­munity, we confronted unique diseases born of industrial growth.  Herbalists, and even the new breed of medical doctors could not cope with emerging diseases that invaded unsuspecting populations overnight.


The Rise of Western Medicine

In an effort to treat the growing population and the blossoming of these new diseases, western medical practitioners focused on the structure and function of dis­ease; a discipline that focused on physical symptoms.  Only those ideas that could be proven by sight, sound or touch were accepted as truth.  This was the typical approach to problems that the Industrial Revolution engendered:  It was scientific.
Analyzing structure and function helped bring order out of chaos.  Western medicine organized diseases into special­ties.  Soon no single practitioner was required to have complete knowledge of this vast study of the human body – and specialization was born.  In time, specializa­tion and the focus it offered has resulted in miraculous feats, like the ability to transplant organs.
Unfortunately the era of specialization advanced scant enlightenment concerning the whole body concept of medicine – an element central to nature-based healing.  Without this element, the practice of western medicine strayed from the philosophy behind all its miraculous advances.  The patient became a dis­ease to be cured, or a set of symptoms to be eliminated, instead of a human out of balance with the environment.
Through all the years of study, allergies and other ailments, have not yielded their secrets to the specialized approach of western medicine.  This prompts us to ask, what if these ailments are not caused by structural/functional disorders?

The Energetic Approach

Nature always provides answers, if we take time to observe.  We all have seen the action of water.  It can turn large rocks to particles of sand.  Less obvious is the action of wind.  Wind is invisible yet it gently shapes seemingly solid mountains.  Two different mediums; one visible, one invisible – yet the results of their forces are similar.
By this example, western medicine is likened to water.  It has a physical presence in the form of tests, pills and surgery.  It mends visible structures of the body, like muscles, bones and organs; and stabilizes the physical functions of diges­tion, circulation, and respiration.
The nature-based energetic approach to medicine is more like the wind.  It directs the invisible flow of energy in the body.  As with the wind, its action is subtle but effective.
Like water and wind, both western and energetic medical approaches have forms and processes that are unique to their own doctrines.  These forms and processes differ from each other but are internally consistent.  When one fails, the other may be able to provide direction and solutions.  Together western and energetic medicine have the potential to beneficially influence both the visible and invisible aspects of health.


Applied Resonance Therapy

Applied Resonance Therapy is an energetic approach to healing that shares a compatible relationship with the structural/functional approach of western medicine.  There are no pills or shots to take.  There are no acupuncture needles.  All change is accomplished when the patient’s own energy is activated and directed by holding acupuncture points in specific pat­terns.  Through this procedure, each en­ergy in the body comes into resonance with specific energies in the environment.  When the energy of the body is in harmony with the energy of its envi­ronment, many physical symptoms of allergies never manifest.
While ART is subtly energetic in appli­cation, its effectiveness can be observed and measured scientifically.
Applied Resonance Therapy (ART) combines the disciplines of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seneca Indian Philosophy.  Chinese medicine has been successful for thousands of years.  It is based on the Taoist concepts of duality, relationship and movement.  Seneca philosophy is based on the acceptance of mankind’s dependency on Earthmother.  It accepts the gifts that nature bestows with gratitude.  Both the Taoists and the Seneca recognize the unity of all life as symbolized by the circle.

In the above illustrations, the Taoist circle emphasizes the duality of our earth experience.  The Seneca medicine wheel focuses on our need to be in harmony with nature.  Both ways of interacting with our environment are essential in ART.



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