Opening Address – Group for the Healing Arts Foundation
"Thank you for being here. It's actually nice that we are not so many today. Hopefully, this will be the first of many meetings we will have together. This Idea actually was spontaneously given to me by a Friend. He asked me to treat somebody (I’m a CMT – Certified Massage Therapist) and he sent me some money to help a friend. I then started to treat this person; this was 3 years ago. I've noticed something interesting during the last 14 years, which is that often, when someone offers a gift to somebody, the person who pays is generally quite sick and gives money to treat their friend but does not get a treatment for themself. This is a kind of mystery - how we may like to help others but don’t help ourselves. We have many people here in this area who like Holistic Medicine, Alternative Medicine, and Preventive Medicine.
We've tried many ways of billing insurance companies (Medical, Medicare), but none with any success. Insurance doesn’t want to pay for these kinds of services. So as a holistic health practitioner, when people come and ask for my help, since I can’t say no, for the past 14 years I have tried to absorb as much of the unpaid services as I can. The Idea, then, comes from our need to have resources for people who don’t have any possibility of paying for good insurance or private care, and who want alternative medicine and also the education in alternative medicine that they need. We use the name Healing Arts Foundation because we consider holistic medicine a form of art and science at the same time. Other arts such as theatre or poetry are also part of the healing arts in their own way, and we consider all the arts to be tools of healing. This is why we use this name. We want to have under our umbrella different ways of educating people in different arts – including the healing arts - based on the belief that health, healing and prevention is a high form of education. I have myself tried for many years to work with this philosophy and have had to greatly resist people's demands to “fix me today” and “take my pain away”. Instead, I try to educate them, which means the hard work of trying to share my understanding that pain has a meaning, illness has a meaning, and that it is actually a honor to understand that you can regenerate yourself. You can, in fact, learn how to prevent illness and how to use pain to become more wise and more intelligent, which for many of us means another philosophy of living. We consider that an intelligent person is one who is happy. If a person is not happy, then this person simply is not intelligent – at least to my mind - and this requires health, which in turn requires education. This is the simple foundation. We simplify our work, then, along two simple principals: the first is to serve, and the second is to have fun. I'd now like to talk about how many people are able to have the same dream or the same vision. How many people work in holistic medicine or the healing arts, and how big the healing arts are now becoming. This is a great responsibility for those of us who understand the healing arts, because it involves a lot of work. All around us we see people who are basically suffering from a lack of information basically and thus a lack of options. Another aim of the Foundation is to provide people a new choice in relationship to information and education: another point of view, namely the Holistic Method. The Holistic Method has its own philosophy and its own point of view regarding how things they are organized and how things works in relationship. The Method is ruled by the simple laws that govern Nature. We want to share this information, and also we want to share out experience – which in my case has been evolving for the last 25 years. But it is not only information we need to share. We also need to share the direct experience of how we can transform illness into health, or a weakness into a talent. Yoga, Theatre, and the various arts produce different approaches to developing a human being's relationship to evolution. They all have the same aim, though on different scales, which is to have a better life. I think it is a worthy cause for us to help each other to achieve these things. From a practical perspective, we are living in the real world where a legal organization is required for such a thing. I started to call around and share this Idea, and this meeting is basically our first step in that direction, to see if we can keep meeting and keep working in this direction. Our first work is really just to attract friends of the healing arts so that things can then develop from that organically. I would like us to have a property for the physical work of the Foundation. But this is going to happen only if a group of people like the Idea, think it is needed, and then activate their common sense to make it happen. The Foundation also will need to develop different areas of discovery: every day we learn about new herbs, new vegetables, and new foods, and every day we also learn of bad foods, more toxins, and more damage to nature, which will impact our own survival. The Foundation also needs to have funds for that. We are planning, then, to have organic growth. There are many instances of such growth right here in our community, and we are trying to organize ourselves with them to see – right now- if we can find more people interested in this project. The project will cover the different areas I've just spoken about, all dedicated to the service and education of our own community."
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