Education in Health and Happiness
Education, in the real sense of the word, is not preparation for life, it is actually living it.
Medical training, regardless of its genre, usually requires putting a student through a very rigorous program. There are no short cuts to any place that is worth going to. Medical education is heavy and entails a lot of work and memorisation. Everything counts. Then, when clinical rotations happen, the demands placed upon students and interns is tremendous. While this may seem to be the case, to a greater extent, for someone endeavouring to become a Western medical doctor, it happens more than people realise, to those who have embarked upon Ayurvedic medicine studies as well.
Many people enter the field of Ayurveda, lured by the promise of in-depth alternative medical training. The expectation of a clinical experience may be present, but the reality of the demands of the programs are beyond the imagination or preparation of the majority of new students. As a student, this doesn’t make sense when they are in the heat of it. They can experience little sleep, a lot of stress, poor eating, bad lifestyle habits, not much time for their family or friends, let alone for themselves. This seems counterintuitive to what the student, and eventually the practitioner, shows up to do, when they enter the clinic. All day long, we support people in their healing process, and really, in their life processes, but then don’t practice what we teach: at least whilst in training. Why shouldn’t training involve actually living according to the tenets of the traditional wisdom being studied?
Therefore, the following question seems pertinent. How can a person adequately support someone else along their journey, without them actually doing the work themselves? The answer is, they can’t. As a budding health care professional, a student must learn how to compartmentalise. They must figure out an internal mechanism with which they can completely suspend their misery to create a whole new space for someone else to enter into. If they can do this in the midst of their own chaos, then not only can they do this again when life calls upon them to do so, but once the dust has settled, they can do more than just hold the space.Once they have left the College, and their time and energy demands, at least from that aspect of their lives,has decreased, more time can be spent on them endeavouring to connect with their Self.Then not only can they hold that space, they can shine.
True healers are not just people with a licence to practice medicine, They are people who, regardless of their own internal chaos, misery, suffering, stress, anger, frustration, fear, grief, lack, dark nights and temptation to project this, show up with centered equanimity for the human being who is waiting for them. This doesn’t mean that they need to dress up in white, stand with their spine completely straight, and behave like an archangel; or dress in orange, sit in a cross-legged position with a set of mala beads in hand, and drape crystals stategically around themselves! What it does mean, is that despite all of their own anguish, they can find that being compassionate and having space within themselves, that they can move, speak and project from there. They can walk into a room, and no matter how rushed they might feel, they will be able to enable the person to surrender to their care and wisdom, feel heard, safe and comfortable.
When people are sick, afraid, in pain, desperate, and have exhausted modern medical interventions, which is usually how they are by the time they come to see us, they are highly sensitive to what we bring to the table. For some, we might be their first alternative medicine experience, and all of their hopeful eggs will most likely be in the one basket. There is, therefore, a responsibility for us to provide them with the utmost balanced, professional and human care possible. If we had not been put through the hell of having to repeatedly put our stuff aside in order to do this, then we might not be able to leave our problems at the door.This would entail doing our patients and our professions a disservice. If the training was set up to be a utopian experience, it would probably take fifty years to get through it, and the practice of dealing with the harshness of life experienced by everyone who comes through the door would be poor. Training programs can be sheer hell. Similar to developing a muscle, we need to practice being a safe place for others and being able to think clearly without internal distractions. The level of post-traumatic stress from training courses is not surprising, nor completely detrimental, because by experiencing those sorts of levels of stress, a student learns how to relate better with people who also suffer from those sorts of issues and they will be able to guide them through it.
Before bringing theory into the clinic, studio or treatment room, we bring ourselves. We all emanate vibrations and energetic waves, that can be subtly perceived by others. Sometimes the perceptions are not so subtle. If someone is seething with anger, rage, dissatisfaction etc., we perceive it, and it can often stimulate a similar spike in our own emotional state. When someone emanates great calmness, that too resonates with the natural state of internal calmness that we all possess, and creates more calmness within us.
Create a space in which to hold another human being, and be mindful of what you bring into the room with you. If you are able to enter with a vibration that emanates calmness and spaciousness, the person you are dealing with can feel it. Then, their healing experience in your clinic or studio will have already begun. These vibrations are more subtle than body language, and they happen well before the first word has even been spoken. If trust has been established and the person’s breathing has deepened, then the path to a more healing experience will be opened.
The nervous system is very aware, and we are highly sensory creatures and respond automatically to what we feel drawn to or have an aversion to. Chronic stimulation of the sympathetic system is taxing on the body and mind. If the parasympathetic nervous system becomes engaged, with us being in a rest-and-digest mode, instead of being in a fight-or-flight response mode, we are more likely to heal. This is why it is important for us as healers and teachers, to emanate a sense of calmness, establish trust, and provide a calm, clean and comfortable atmosphere for our clients, patients or students. When their minds are at ease and their bodies are in a greater state of rest, they will be more open to healing instead of holding patterns in their ‘mind-body’. A healing response, in the midst of stress or tension, does not come as easily.
Western medical training, is clinically oriented, and is minimally, if at all, esoteric. This is unbalanced, as the unknown or mysterious, is as much a part of medicine and healing, as it is a part of life. Ayurveda, however, is not viewed in the same vein as allopathy, which is useful for some symptomatology, where people expect treatment only when things have gone awry. People tend to view Ayurveda as a long-term process, that they engage in daily. They like learning about their constitution and how it interacts with their environment and how it’s influenced by it. And why wouldn’t they? After all, who doesn’t enjoy learning about the most interesting thing in their universe: ourselves?
Ayurveda covers, in detail, dietary recommendations based on one’s constitution, and clearly and comprehensively outlines the cleansing and detoxification of substances that build up in the body for the eradication of heat (inflammation), dampness, damp heat, or phlegm (ama, toxic candida overgrowth. Ayurveda provides clearly defined natural tools to assist in eliminating mental and physical tiredness, and explains the processes about how these occur, how to modify them, how the recommended interventions work, as well as prescribing diet, exercise, lifestyle education and herbal medicine.
Massage is a therapy involved in the movement of energy within in the body. For thousands of years, massage has been used to soothe and heal the sick. Ayurveda outlines in detail its prescription for massage. In addition, it has its own speciality: panchakarma for treating the whole being from a constitutional perspective.
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Yoga for Today and Tomorrow
Yoga is a journey
of the self
through the self
to the Self.
The Bhagavad Gita
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About the Author
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community. Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television. Shantiji is the CEO of Health Institute Australasia.