2003-12-26 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

By Dr. Nancy Gahles
Health & Harmony

Health & Harmony

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By Dr. Nancy Gahles

The Winter Solstice has arrived. The days will be getting longer and we will have more light. The cultural celebrations of this time of year honor the concept of light.

The Macabees experienced the miracle of eternal light on the first Hanukkah. The feeling of fear, of lack, was replaced with the miracle of endless, sustaining light. The oil that they thought would not last ended up giving them enough light to see them through their crisis. Often, as a matter of our humanity, we think that we don’t have what it takes to endure. It is always a matter of forgetting. At the end of every forget....I remember.

I remember that when I reach deep into my own inner being-into that place of Light, there resides all that I need to sustain me.

In the Catholic tradition, we say that on Christmas the "Light of the World" is born. In human form; as a child; come to show us how to live. Not just for 8 days but for eternity. Living in the Light.

To be Healthy, to be Whole, is to fan the flames of your Light within and then radiate that Light out to others, and so sustain all of Humanity.

My Mom put it aptly when she said, "God works through people. This is how you share in His creation. It’s about people helping other people. That’s what you’re supposed to do."

It has always been clear to me as a person in the healing/helping profession that Health is a natural by-product of this philosophy. And so, on this Festival of Lights, I quote a patient of mine who captured the quintessential spirit of Christmas when she gave me an Angel encircling a space for a candle within her center and wrote, "An Angel with a light showing the way, offering hope, whispering, ‘Come follow me,’ Bringing Light to others, Igniting the Light within them and the share their Light and fill the World with Hope-Peace-Harmony."

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night!

May The Blessings Be!

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