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philosophy governing Sacred Medicine Sanctuary is rooted in the abiding
traditions of the diverse cultures, climatic zones, ethnobotanical
wisdom of our Planet, the Lady Gaia.
name was given in a higher dimension of consciousness by Mata Amritanandamayi
Devi. It was a sublime moment in which the thoughtform dropped into
my mind in response to a question I submitted telepathically to the
Living Saint we affectionately call Ammachi. It was succeeded by a mysterious
and awe inspiring series of events that I have come to associate with
the teaching gifts of Ammachi.
issue with which I was dealing was how to fulfill my commitment to
my soul. There was no "agenda," just a petition for guidance.
Immediately, there was a reverberation in my psyche and the words
"Sacred Medicine" dropped into my awareness. "Sacred
Medicine, what?" I asked, and the answer was "Sacred Medicine
with all processes, the awakening was multidimensional and endlessly
expanding. The first awareness that was anchored in my mind was that
those who are seriously ill are facing not just the life and death
challenges we so glibly identify with disease but rather the questions
that are not addressed by science and often not by religion either.
Patients who are immersed in the darkness of disease often feel isolated
by their sense that others do not understand and therefore cannot
I have focused so much of my energy on cancer, I had then, as now,
an especial interest in what I have come to see as my own missionary
efforts of bringing Light into darkness and transforming fear into
faith. The metaphor that best suits this understanding is "refuge."
This is a concept taught in Buddhism in which the first commitment
to the spiritual path and the life of service that ensues is to take
refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. Centuries of erudition
offer many insights into what precisely refuge is, but it might very
well be to Buddhists what accepting Christ as one's personal savior
is to Christians. The bottom line is that one commits oneself to the
Ultimate Truth and seeks in every way possible to align one's life
to the Truth as it is revealed . . . and to do so within the community
of kindred spirits.
a divinely inspired thought is, like manifesting anything else, a
process, but it carries with it the additional challenge of never
compromising one's commitment nor faltering in one's efforts to fulfill
firmly believe we each have purposes and therefore also goals, but
the challenge is to find these early enough in life that we can complete
our missions. In the case of Sacred Medicine Sanctuary, there were
two crucial parts of the whole: the medicine and the sanctuary.
medicine is utterly different from modern scientific medicine in ways
that even I sometimes fail to appreciate to the extent needed.
of all, the plant kingdom performs the divine service of concentrating
Light into its being. One might say that the essence of plants is
Divine Light and the capacity of plants to carry out photosynthesis
is just one aspect of the plant nature. In reality, it is my belief
that all Light is an emanation of the Mind of God and that it is
qualified by Intent. This Intent is translated into Purpose but
behind every Divine Purpose, there is also the Understanding that is required to carry out the Purpose.
short, breaking a plant into its constituents and trying to understand
its usefulness or lack thereof on the basis of some chemical components
would be like trying to understand a great symphony by insisting
that it consists of repetitions of various notes, all of which can
be reduced to seven naturals and five sharps or flats. While the
frequency vibration of C natural may explain its relationship to
F and G, the inspiration working through the composer is not addressed
by such analyses and no amount of alphabet letters could possibly
produce the experience of real music.
there is much more to plants and plant medicine than a few acids
and alkaloids; there is the wisdom of the Creator working through
the seeds, roots, stems, branches, bark, and flowers, all of which
is more readily understood through intuition than laboratory analysis.
Medicine is thus different from pharmaceutical medicine because
the emphasis is on the inherent wisdom of the plant and the part
of God that each plant has concentrated in its own being.
the long run, I have no doubt but that we will discover that part
of the success of homeopathy and essential oils derives from the
emphasis on the essence rather than the quantification, which also
includes massive overdosing with substance rather than the Light
qualifying the substance.
does not make me a homeopath, merely a philosopher speculating on
a principle behind the medicine. This said, the other truly amazing
lesson from homeopathy is the profound recognition of the body's
instinctual way of wanting to heal itself. The emphasis is therefore
placed on cooperation with a perceived natural healing response
rather than annihilation of the disease.
approach to healing resonates with my soul as well as my deep desire
for peaceful approaches to problem solving.
brings me to my last point for now about medicine. Through many
years, actually many lifetimes, of devotion to healing, I have come
to realize that the torture felt in the somatic parts of our existence
cannot be healed by matter, only by the loving compassion of Light,
Light that transforms pain, suffering, and grief by imparting the
essence of God which is Love.
are energetic ways to heal in this manner, but plants offer this
of the unfoldment of my Path has therefore included a passionate commitment
plant life: protecting habitats, conserving seeds and land,
rehabilitating ravaged lands, and sparing plants the agony of the
poisons that are sprayed on them, that fall from the sky, and that
are carried in the water. The madness must stop as must the attempts
to control food and medicine through patents and bizarre technologies.
plant kingdom is above all a part of Natureand natural is
the only way to preserve the age-old cooperation between God's Light
second part of Sacred Medicine Sanctuary has an esoteric component
and an exoteric one. The esoteric is that refuge in the medicine is
really refuge in the Light that the plants have to surrender. It is
the essence of the plants and the resonance with that essence that
assists the alignment with what is holy and healthy. However, the
exoteric component is that the plants themselves are made into formulas
that ideally would be provided by like-minded practitioners and healers
in settings that are conducive to wellness. The physical place for
such healing does not yet exist except in the hearts and souls and
places of work of those who share the commitment to the deeper healing
that is both physical and transcendent.
logo of Sacred Medicine Sanctuary is an artistic rendering of the
Tibetan patron deity of astrology and wisdom, Manjusri. It was developed
from a pencil drawing by my long-time friend Sandra Leng Kashyap.
The colors were added by computer. The sword held in Manjusri's right
hand is for cutting through ignorance and the books in the left hand
symbolize the wisdom given to those who can overcome ignorance. Manjusri
is seated on a lotus inside a twelve-petal lotus that symbolizes the
heart chakra and the realms of experience portrayed in the horoscope.
produced for Sacred Medicine Sanctuary are made in small laboratories
operated by dedicated herbalists who understand the plants and the
ways to process them. Whenever possible, certified organic plant materials
are used; some plants are consciously wildcrafted, a few are grown
biodynamically, some are organic but not certified, and occasionally
availability necessitates the use of an imported plant that might
have been subjected to processes not generally condoned by practicing
herbalists. It is usually Chinese plants about which we have the most
questions and concerns. The alcohol used in tinctures is organic grain
alcohol and water is usually distilled spring water or well water.
Medicine Sanctuary is a congregation of the International Assembly of Spiritual Healers and
Earth Stewards, a non-profit corporate assembly. At present, the
Sanctuary has twelve ordained ministers, living in eight different
States. SHES has approximately 6000 ministers in 40 countries. For
more information, visit the SHES website.
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