Healing Potential of the Holistic Paradigm
*KRÆFT – VIDENSKAB, HELBREDELSE OG BEVIDSTHED (Danish)
in English translation: CANCER – SCIENCE, HEALING AND CONSCIOUSNESS
Borgen, Copenhagen, 2001
662 pages, ISBN 87-21-01296-2
This is a groundbreaking holistic book by SMN members Suzette and Ole van Hauen-Drucker, that offers a wealth of practical clinical experience and research, skilfully anchored in a summary of the philosophy and science of the New Paradigm. It was published only a few months ago in Danish, and is not yet translated into English.
Those of us, who have transcended the old scientific paradigm, know that one of the basic shortcomings of that paradigm, which still rules institutional medicin with a mechanical iron fist in a bio-chemical glove, is its materialistic reductionist and fragmented approach. Expressed in another way, the problem is lack of interactive and ecological thinking from a holistic perspective, incomplete understanding of the dynamic aspect of organic life systems unfolded from consciousness, and finally lack of respect for the uniqueness of each and every living being with an individual agenda and life purpose.
Especially degenerative systemic illnesses such as cancer can never be cured by the old paradigm medicine, simply because its practitioners do not see, much less treat, the real causes, that are mostly invisible and often very complex, involving not only the body but the mind, the emotions, and the spiritual dimension of the patient. Thus the problem is not simply one of lack of knowledge, but one of paradigm, or belief, which blocks the search for the necessary knowledge. Inhibitive training or indoctrination does not allow old-paradigmers to see the real causes, nor to search for them where they really are.
Ever since the 1960ies, the new holistic paradigm, or the Aquarian paradigm as I also like to call it, has slowly emerged from the grassroot level, with ever increasing interest in alternative methods of healing, and ever increasing awareness of the larger invisible reality that shapes and determines the finite reality we can see, touch and measure.
Ole and Suzette van Hauen-Drucker have practised their special brand of medicin, holistic integrated medicine according to the Gefion Screening model, for over 25 years, and they have been among the early pioneers of the New Paradigm in Denmark with a broad international network as base. Their work and philosophy has been profoundly inspired and influenced by David Bohm in particular but also by Prigogine, and they have close intellectual links with trailblazers like Larry Dossey, Rupert Sheldrake and Brian Goodwin, all members of the Network, as well as with Candace Pert, Valerie Hunt and others, too many to name here.
I am privileged to know Danish, and to have been given the opportunity to read and review this important contribution not only to the cancer literature, but to the holistic medical literature as a whole. I am not aware of any other book with such width and at the same time such depth and clarity, a book that combines a series of detailed case histories from clinical practice with an ample delineation of deep insights into the biomedical, physical, philosophical and spiritual parameters of the New Paradigm.
Having been exposed all too often to the typical American hype books, which tend to serve up a series of sensational easy miracles as on a conveyor belt, the realism and variation of the case histories in this book feels reassuring and true to life. Not all cancers are being cured.
I truly believe there is no such thing as an incurable disease, but at the same time we have to accept that some patients cannot or will not be cured. Does this sound as if I am criticizing the patient? Or finding an excuse for a failing healer? – I am doing neither of these. What I am saying is simply that there is a time for each of us to die, and only the higher self can decide when that time has come, and by which means it chooses to exit.
Illness may be an important spiritual experience, that paves the way for expanded consciousness, or prepares us for the transition into the ensuing mode of existence. And therefore what we call a cure with prolongation of physical life may not always be what the patient needs or wants, as seen from the soul level.
Notwithstanding what I just said, this book will leave the reader in no doubt that if the consciousness, will and cooperation of the patient matches the humility, open mind, knowledge, creativity, and patience of the health practitioner, then a full cure of cancer without surgery, without chemo, without hormone therapy, and without radiation, is a perfectly realistic option. Now. And hopefully much more so in the future, when the knowledge and experience reflected in this book has become common property among all health practitioners.
If I were to look for a flaw in the book, it might be the epistemological discussion in terms of e.g. David Bohm´s thinking and terminology, which I think may be difficult to follow for a lay reader unfamiliar with new age philosophy and science. However, with the ample and detailed references provided throughout the book, and the impressive bibliography at the end, any reader is empowered and encouraged to further exploration on his or her own. Obviously, there is a limit to what can be covered in one book, even if it has 622 pages.
In my personal perception, one of the most important points of the book is that the goal of the future holistic health practitioner, regardless of title, specialization or way of working, should not only – or even principally - be to remove the ailment, but to act as a gentle coach for the spiritual learning process that is always implicit in a serious illness, or as midwife for the delivery of the spiritual lesson it brings.
I warmly recommend this book to anyone interested in either medicine, health care in general, or the new holistic paradigm, and I sincerely hope that it will soon be translated into English and other languages, so that as many as possible may benefit from it.