2004-11-26 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

DR. nancy gahles
DR. nancy gahles The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by people who survived the hardship of a long winter. Strangers in a strange land, the Pilgrims relied upon their innate survival skills, the individual talents of people in the group, strong leadership, relationships created with natives indigenous to the land and a deep and abiding Faith.

Their passion for freedom, religious freedom, was the driving force in compelling them to move from relative security to the wilderness of an unknown land. Tolerance toward all, in diversity, was their goal and their ultimate challenge.

The Pilgrims were neither the first nor the only people to celebrate a Thanksgiving after they had overcome obstacles and emerged victorious.

All cultures and religions have ceremonies to give thanks to God for the grace to endure the struggles that eventually lead tem to freedom.

Freedom is the state of health. It is the right operation of our vital force to function without interference so to express the higher purpose of our existence. Lofty goals for lofty creatures! Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, a noted medical doctor, who challenged the prevailing concept of health care in the late 1700’s, made a brilliant analogy to the Pilgrims’ pursuit of freedom.

He said “In the healthy condition of man, the spiritual Vital Force (autocracy), the dynamis that animates the material body (organism), rules with unbounded sway, and retains all the parts of the organism in admirable, harmonious, vital operation, as regards both sensations and functions, so that our indwelling, reason-gifted mind can freely employ this living, healthy instrument for the higher purpose of our existence.”

The Organon of Medicine .

Joseph Reves, in his interpretation of the Organon calls this state of health “sovereignty”. He says, “ In health, the internal spiritual instances rule ‘with unbounded sway’ –sovereignty. The ‘internal king’ of the person has the ability of full sovereignty and of ruling his kingdom with unbounded sway.”

So, do we need to run away from our life circumstances to find the freedom to be able to pursue the purpose of our existence?

Do we need to leave our friends and family and suffer the hardships of an unknown land in order to escape the tyranny of an External king”?

In health, we are able to take the time to become aware of our purpose for existence and to create a plan for achieving this. Undoubtedly, there are obstacles along the way. In a healthy person, we are able to encounter these forces and respond to them in a way which does not throw us off the mark.

It enriches our experience of Life. The journey of discovering yourself is an exciting and a rewarding one. This is the “unknown land” that the Pilgrims encountered.

It was filled with hardship, sorrows, and losses. The lessons learned were hard won.

At the end of a long winter, they emerged victorious. A great nation emerged from the Pilgrims’ pursuit of freedom.

We live in it. This gives us the foundation to do even more. To foster the goals of working hard for something you believe in; of tolerance; of diversity; of honoring the talents of others; of sharing the bounty.

This Thanksgiving, let’s acknowledge and give thanks for the “internal king” of each person who has the ability of full sovereignty and of ruling his kingdom with unbounded sway.

Respect and tolerance of the diverse kingdoms of our fellow travelers can only breed freedom and good will. This paves the way for peace. A kingdom of peace and prosperity. It’s our natural inheritance. Be thankful for that. And for the grace to endure.

Happy Thanksgiving and May The Blessings Be!

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