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"C ometh the hour, cometh the
man." Or in this case, woman.
Just as the Light of our
world seems to be dimming
once more and our collective soul yearns
for nourishment, something wonderful
happens. It's a universal truth.
And just as Nelson Mandela's release
from prison 20 years ago lifted an enormous
weight from us all -- the sense of karmic
cleansing was palpable -- so, too, the release
of Burma's Aung San Suu Kyi from her own
more comfortable "cell" is a source of joy.
The unexpected news in mid November
seems almost cyclical -- Suu Kyi has spent
the best part of the last two decades under
house arrest, or at least its constant shadow,
while a freed Mandela over those same
years has healed so much pain through his
forgiveness and grace.
Now both of these great leaders are free,
even if Burma's military regime's goodwill is
still to be proven. In my eyes at least, this is
a wonderful synchronicity.
At 65, Aung San Suu Kyi hasn't seen
her sons for over a decade and has never
met her grandchildren. Yet her courage and
determination to pursue her democratic
ideals against all pressure to compromise has
never faltered. Her first call on her release
was for unity in her country. Our world is
the richer for her presence and we should
honour her by thinking more deeply of all
the freedoms we take for granted.
One of those freedoms is the ability
to make informed choices about how we
manage our health and that of our family.
Every time we take the easy route --
whether that be a pill (other than the Pill)
rather than make a lifestyle choice that may
impose some sacrifice, take dinner out of a
package and put it in the microwave rather
than cook it ourselves, opt for a Caesarean
because it's convenient and for no other
reason, or if we really want a quick fix,
sign up for a lapband because everybody's
doing it, we compromise some deep seated
part of ourselves.
The alternative is the holistic approach
and, increasingly, it, too, is something we
must honour and treasure. When we sense
that we are part of an interconnected web
of life, that each of us is "whole" and at one
with a responsive Universe -- remember that
wonderful saying, "What is in one is in the
whole" -- we reclaim our deepest selves.
I'd point you this month to a thought
provoking piece by another of our very
thoughtful writers, holistic naturopath and
yoga teacher Chandrika Gibson. Called
"Infinity Medicine", she quotes distinguished
physician Dr Larry Dossey, at one time a
battalion surgeon in Vietnam, who believes
we have entered the third era of medicine,
what he calls "non local medicine". Not only
has "mechanical medicine", the scientific
rational model that still rules our institutions,
been left far behind, but even Mind Body
medicine is yesterday's model, says Dr
Fossey. It's fascinating stuff based on the
realisation, as Chandrika puts it, "that we are
deeply, powerfully connected to each other
and the universe." Read it and you'll feel
And, as it's Christmas, I'd like to wish
you peace and happiness. As we all know,
the truest joy comes from helping and
loving another. It's the way of the Universe.
6 AT HOME IN THE UNIVERSE
Metaphysician James M Har vey lifts some veils off the
mysteries of the univer se
8 DEATH AND BIRTH
Margaret Evans profiles the work of Sacred Activist,
Andrew Har vey
13 THE BOY IN THE JACKET
Child psychologist and clown Shaun Chandran shares
this searing image of Russia
14 GODDESS, CREATRIX
Helen Patrice enjoys playing Goddess
16 INFINITY MEDICINE
Holistic naturopath Chandrika Gibson explores the
amazing healing potential of non locality
18 TIME TO SPARKLE
Wholefood cook Jude Blereau is in par ty mood for
19 SITTING DUCKS
Being sedentar y is a health risk in its own right, says
naturopath Jeremy Hill
21 SUMMON THE UNIVERSE
Set a clear intention for the life you want, says energy
healer Marisa Russo
10 ROMANCE VERSUS REALITY
Relationships with counsellor Dr Charmaine Saunder s
15 HARMONY AT CHRISTMAS
Juliana Abrams tips for peace and love
Jeremy Ball has felt the power of spirituality
reconnecting with the Ear th
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