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The Power of God’s Healing 

Thy name is my healing, O my God, and remembrance of Thee is my remedy. Nearness to Thee is my hope, and love for Thee is my companion. Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor in both this world and the world to come. Thou, verily, art the All-Bountiful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.  (Bahá’u’lláh, Prayers and Meditations by Bahá’u’lláh, p. 261)

During this pandemic, my energy level has gone way down.  Instead of welcoming all the Zoom meetings I’m being invited to, I dread another invitation.  As an extreme introvert, I can’t cope with the volume of emails, phone calls, text messages and invitations being sent to me.  I want to respond to them all, and I can’t.  Not only that, but my bandwidth for participating in my usual meetings has gone way down.  Now instead of 5-6 events in a day, I can only handle 1 or 2.  I’m having to make difficult choices about which ones I will attend, which ones I will limit my time on, and which ones I will have to say no.  This week I found myself having to say no to a devotional gathering over the phone, which has been going on every week with a dear friend, for almost 20 years. I didn’t want to cancel but I knew I couldn’t handle it.  I was trying to talk myself out of it, saying:  “nothing is better than saying prayers and immersing yourself in the Words of the Writings.  It will be good for you.”  Everything inside of me said NO!  I couldn’t do it.

I decided to say the short healing prayer by myself instead.  It’s a prayer I’ve memorized and said many times over the 35 years I’ve been a Bahá’í, and yet several phrases really stood out for me:

  • Thy name is my healing . . . remembrance of Thee is my remedy: Sure, immersing myself in the Writings is healing.  Participation in the core activities is healing.  But so is remembering Him and repeating His Holy Name.  I don’t have to do more than that.
  • Thy mercy to me is my healing and my succor: I don’t have to do anything to please God.  If I don’t attend the devotional gathering (or Feast or a Holy Day), I’m not going to lose out on His love.  There’s nothing I have to do to earn His love.  His mercy to me is my healing; not what I think I have to do to deserve it.

Knowing I can relax into God’s mercy and stop judging myself, I am grateful!

What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation?  I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!

If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book God – Strengthening Your Relationship with God

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Understanding our Reality

Do thou reckon thyself only a puny form when within thee the universe is folded?  (Bahá’u’lláh, Seven Valleys, p. 34)

There are so many places in the Bahá’í Writings that talk of the reality of our being, and yet I continue to abase myself by focusing on my weakness and my frailty.  I do (most of the time) reckon myself a puny form, but this quote reminds me that God is closer to me than my life-vein and when I lean on Him for support, I can do anything.

Several years ago I was serving as a travel teacher in Canada’s arctic and got frost bite on my finger tips.  Now, whenever they are cold (every winter, even at 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit, as I discovered today), they are so painful I can almost cry out with the pain.  I was in the middle of my walk and still had more than half an hour to get home.  I was doing everything I could think of to warm up my fingers, curling them up in my gloves, pulling my sleeve down over my hands, making space in my gloves between the ends of the fingers) and so on.  Finally, I was inspired to ask God to warm up my fingers and He did!  The pain disappeared and I was able to get home, enjoying the rest of my walk.  I think this kind of miracle is available to any of us, if we remember who we are.

Remembering that with God’s strength, all things are possible, I am grateful!

What miracles have you seen when you rely on God?  What else jumped out for you as you read through today’s meditation?  I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!

If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Overcoming Abuse and Violence

 

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Time off Work 

   

You are encouraged to follow the advice of your therapist in regard to the absences which you should take from your employment in order to facilitate your healing from the trauma you experienced in the past. The time taken away from work beneficial to society would doubtless be more than compensated for by the increase in effectiveness with which you will be able to perform such functions when your healing is more advanced.  (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to me, 22 December, 1992)

I’ve come to realize that I’ve been driven by work and activity addiction for most of my life, in order to run away from my past.  This has resulted in several major “burn-outs” and recently in total adrenal exhaustion.  In 1992, when I could see it coming, I wrote to the House of Justice, reluctant to take time off work directly related to the social and economic development of our area.  I knew I needed to take time off but I was putting my job, and service to the Faith first, before my own health.  The above quote is from the letter they sent.

I find their reassurance very comforting: that there will be positive benefits to stepping away from work and service for a period of time.  If I hadn’t taken time off in 1992, I never would have started this blog ten years ago.  If I hadn’t burned out 2 years ago, I never would have had the insights and recovery I’ve enjoyed since.

Much though I’d love to know where the story of my life ends, I realize I’m just in the middle.  God knows the ending.  My job is to let it unfold, one day at a time, letting my movement and my stillness be wholly directed by Him.

Taking time off to heal from the trauma of the past is beneficial, and I am grateful!

What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation?  I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!

If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Learning How to Be Happy

 

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Newsletter – on Healing

Welcome to the Month of Glory 173

Dear Friends!

Triumph!  6 months after breaking my ankle really badly in 3 places, and after the careful and deliberate ministrations of Dr. Omid Rahmanian, a chiropractor in Alaska and reader of this newsletter, who (over the phone) diagnosed the reason for my lack of progress, prescribed the remedy, served as my very own Baha’i-Inspired life coach, and gave me hope of recovery, I now have my car back, am able to drive for up to half an hour on hilly, treacherous, snow covered roads and walk up to 45 minutes on one of my favourite hikes; and this morning I walked for 90 minutes, doing errands downtown.  I finally feel like I’ve got my life back, and rehab isn’t the focus, and I am grateful!

Thank you all for your kind prayers.  They worked!

Ya Baha’u’l-Abha!

In this issue – Healing 

Great Resources for Healing

The Four Pillars of Healing – Insights from meeting people for whom the “incurable” was cured

Processing Personal Pain — A Baha’i View 

Top 15 Ways to Improve your Lymphatic System

When Medicine Reaches Perfection

Baha’is with Eating Disorders 

Healing Has its Own Timetable

How do We Find a Competent Physician? 

Understanding the Power in the Long Healing Prayer 

Using the Names of God for Healing

Was it a Spiritual or Material Cure?

What is a Spiritual Physician?

Featured Story:

Sometimes Our Illnesses Serve A Higher Purpose We Can’t See

There are many stories of Lua Getsinger. This one was told me by Grace Ober, who heard it from Lua herself. It happened on one of Lua’s several visits to Acca and Haifa when she and ‘Abdu’l-Baha were walking together on the beach. Lua dropped behind slightly and began fitting her small feet, into His much larger foot prints.

After a few moments the Master turned to ask what she was doing. “I am following in your footsteps,” said Lua. He, turned away and they walked on. A few moments later, He turned again, “Do you wish to follow in my foot steps?” He asked. “Oh, yes,” said Lua.

They walked on – and ‘Abdu’l-Baha turned again, “Lua! Do you wish to follow in my foot steps?” His tone was louder and stern. “Oh, yes,” said Lua again.

Then, the third time he stopped and faced her. “Lua!” it was almost a shout, “Do you wish to follow in My foot steps?” “Oh, yes!” said Lua for the third time – and with that, a great tarantula jumped out from a hillock of sand and bit her ankle.

‘Abdu’l-Baha saw this and paid no attention, turning away and again walking. Lua followed, still fitting her footsteps into His. Her ankle swelled, the pain became excruciating, till, finally, she sank down with the agony of it. Then ‘Abdu’l-Baha picked her up and carried her to the ladies quarters, where the Greatest Holy Leaf put her to bed.

The agony increased. Lua’s temperature flamed; delirium set in. Finally, the Greatest Holy Leaf could stand it no longer and she implored ‘Abdu’l-Baha to heal her. He examined her carefully then laid His hands gently on her forehead. The temperature drained away, her head cleared she was healed. And it was only later that it was explained to her that she had been suffering from a strange and virulent condition of her blood which the bite of the tarantula had cured.  (Reginald Grant Barrow, Mother’s Stories: Stories of ‘Abdu’l-Baha and Early Believers told by Muriel Ives Barrow Newhall to her son, p. 41-42)

 Featured Prayer:

Healing of Ailments

Here is how ‘Abdu’l-Baha introduces this month’s newly translated prayer:

Thou hast written concerning the Tablet of Baka Ya Ali—Baka Ya Vafi (Tablet of Protection). This Tablet is for the healing of ailments. Whenever one is anxious about the recovery of an ill one, he may read this prayer with a melodious voice while in a state of the utmost attention and concentration.  (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha v2, p. 469)

“In His Name, the Exalted, the All-Highest, the Most Sublime! Glorified art Thou, O Lord my God! O Thou Who art my God, and my Master, and my Lord, and my Support, and my Hope, and my Refuge, and my Light. I ask of Thee, by Thine Hidden and Treasured Name, that none knoweth save Thine own Self, to protect the bearer of this Tablet from every calamity and pestilence, and from every wicked man and woman; from the evil of the evil-doers, and from the scheming of the unbelievers. Preserve him, moreover, O my God, from every pain and vexation, O Thou Who holdest in Thy hand the empire of all things. Thou, truly, art powerful over all things. Thou doest as Thou willest, and ordainest as Thou pleasest.

O Thou King of Kings! O Thou kind Lord! O Thou Source of ancient bounty, of grace, of generosity and bestowal! O Thou Healer of sicknesses! O Thou Sufficer of needs! O Thou Light of Light! O Thou Light above all Lights! O Thou Revealer of every Manifestation! O Thou the Compassionate! O Thou the Merciful!

Do Thou have mercy upon the bearer of this Tablet, through Thy most great mercy and Thine abundant grace, O Thou the Gracious, Thou the Bounteous. Guard him, moreover, through Thy protection, from whatsoever his heart and mind may find repugnant. Of those endued with power, Thou, verily, art the most powerful. The Glory of God rest upon thee, O thou rising sun! Do thou testify unto that which God hath testified of His own Self, that there is none other God besides Him, the Almighty, the Best-Beloved.
(Bahá’u’lláh, from a recently translated tablet from Arabic at the Bahá’í World Centre)

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 Featured Book:

 Healing the Soul:  Prayers of Comfort and Renewal

Are you looking for instant spiritual rejuvenation?

This 130 page prayer book is for you!  It features selections from both the Bahá’í Sacred Writings and the Greatest Holy Leaf.  These prayers and meditations will help you find

  • comfort and strength in times of trouble
  • joy and hope in moments of renewal
  • a healing resource for times of depression, betrayal, anxiety, and stress

The prayers for joy, grace, contentment, hope, and patience will also show you the way to live a more spiritually realized life.

For more information and to buy the book

Also available as an MP3 

Featured Coach:

Jan Webber

Are you ready to make a positive shift in your life and health with the support of Holistic Coaching and Energy Healing?  If so, you’ve come to the right coach!

Jan Webber has a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach and Life Force Energy Healer, skilled at clearing and balancing the subtle energy body that surrounds each of us.  Regular clearing and balancing of the chakra can prevent disease and support you in moving toward greater health and well-being.

The most common, immediate and readily identifiable benefit is that it puts most people into a state of deep relaxation which allows the body, mind, and emotions to heal and restore themselves. Often this state of relaxation lasts for many days following the treatment. After a healing, people often feel grounded, “in their bodies,” alert, and clear; more balanced and calm and lifted above the fray of day-to-day life.

Her clients report that they often

  • have insights into the underlying issues in their lives and relationships
  • are able to resolve problems more easily
  • their relationship to a problem changes
  • managing stress and stressful situations is easier
  • have more creative energy

As you work together to heal and optimize your energy field, your ability to make steady progress toward your goals will be enhanced.  As you achieve greater alignment with your life purpose, the body’s natural ability to heal can be fully utilized.

To visit her home page

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Featured Business:

 

 Randall Dighton

This month we feature the work of Randall Dighton, a professional calligrapher and musician.

Randall has studied the art of calligraphy since his early teens, and began to create annual works as gifts for the Bahá’í world at Ayyám-i-Há in 1974, beginning with his calligraphic portrait of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. He worked as a professional scribe and graphic designer for over forty years, including a stint as the Official Scribe of EPCOT Centre at Walt Disney World.

For more than 50 years, Randall has been a professional musician, a balladeer and troubadour, playing lute and guitar, singing old and new ballads from the British Isles as well as standards and showtunes.  He was the United Kingdom troubadour at EPCOT Centre, for several years in the 1980s.

In addition to Randall’s solo albums, Elements and Palimpsest, he and his wife Linda have released three other CDs together: Dunoon, Garden of God, and Amaryllis.  Currently they are collaborating on inspirational and devotional music for their beloved Bahá’í Faith.

He wants us to share his music and calligraphic pieces with others, as his gift to the world.

To visit his homepage 

To browse examples of his calligraphic art, and download them for printing

To listen to MP3 sound files for several original Bahá’í songs with free sheet music and lyrics

To buy his CD’s 

To find him on Facebook 

 

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Newsletter on Health

Welcome to the Month of Splendour 173  

In this issue – Health

The Baha’i Faith on Health, Healing and Death  

A Baha’i Perspective on Disease (11 part series) 

Baha’i Basics – Health and Healing

Building a Healthy, Vigorous, Radiant Body—and Inner Self

Combatting the Cult of the Body

Creating a Culture of Social Health

Physical and Spiritual Fitness: a Well-balanced Life

Seeking Perfection—at the Gym

The Importance of Good Self Care 

Zika Virus, Public Health and One World

Featured Story:

Teaching – The Right Medicine for ‘Abdu’l-Baha

‘Abdu’l-Baha stayed, once again, in the Hotel Marquardt. During this second visit to Stuttgart, which also lasted a week, He was mostly unwell. The cold contracted in Budapest had persisted and was now affecting His chest. The Bahá’ís of Stuttgart had arranged and advertised a meeting for the evening of the 25th at the Burger Museum. In the afternoon the condition of His chest worsened, causing great concern.

Physicians told Him that He should not go out, and should use His voice as little as possible. His attendants, whom He had sent on to the meeting, felt that the large and eager assemblage there would be disappointed and dismayed should they be deprived of meeting ‘Abdu’l-Baha. They returned to the hotel with a plan which they thought would both safeguard ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s health and make it possible for the people to meet Him.

A saloon car, well-protected from the elements, would take ‘Abdu’l-Baha to the Museum where, in a room apart from the main hall, people could be allowed into His presence. As soon as they presented this plan to ‘Abdu’l-Baha and told Him of the eagerness and disappointment of the audience, He arose. Physicians had made Him stay indoors, He said; but His health was for the purpose of serving the Faith.

While Wilhelm Herrigel was giving a talk in His stead, He walked into the hall, to the utmost delight and surprise of the audience, and using His full voice delivered a discourse on the need of world peace and the power that can guarantee it.

The talk over, ‘Abdu’l-Baha was about to leave and return quickly to His hotel, when a voice was heard, wailing. He stopped and asked His attendants to make enquiries. It was found that a lady who had tried to reach ‘Abdu’l-Baha, and had been kept back by the press of the crowd, was weeping. ‘Abdu’l-Baha stayed to speak to her words of great kindness. The next day, to questions about His health, He answered that the previous night’s venture, although considered very risky, had proved the right medicine for Him.  (H.M. Balyuzi, ‘Abdu’l-Baha – The Centre of the Covenant, p. 389)

Featured Prayer:

Prayer for Spiritual and Physical Health

O my Lord! O my Lord! Verily, I am athirst; do cause me to drink from the fountain of Thy grace. O my Lord! O my Lord! Verily, I am ill; do heal me by the antidote of Thy mercy. O my Lord! O my Lord! Verily, I am sick; do cure me through Thy favor. O my Lord! O my Lord! I am needy; do enrich me through Thy compassion. And I am poor; render me prosperous by the treasury of Thy Kingdom. O my Lord! O my Lord! Increase my hope in the court of Thy holiness, and grant my wishes by Thy favor and grace. Confirm me to deliver Thy Cause, enable me to call in Thy Name, and cause me to show forth the proofs of Thy Manifestation. Strengthen me to promote Thy Word, dilate my breast by serving Thy maid-servants and being humble and submissive before Thy beloved ones. O my Lord! Verily, I am impotent; do strengthen me by Thy power. I am lost in indigence; do confer on me Thy greatest favor. Make me as one of the maid-servants who diffuse Thy fragrances, who worship Thy Kingdom, who bow down in the worshiping-places of Thy unity, who kneel down on every dust which is related to the threshold of Thy beloved ones, and who serve in Thy vineyard, speak Thy praise and are attracted to Thy love. Verily, Thou art the Giver, the Powerful, the Mighty!  (‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of ‘Abdu’l-Baha v3, p. 616-617)

Featured Video: 

Throne of the Inner Temple Series

Nabil Moghaddam is a Student of Homeopathy at the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine in Toronto and he loves discussing health!

He was recently interviewed by Baha’i Blog about his music, but in the article we also read more about his philosophy on health.  Nabil believes that “poor health can significantly hinder our efforts in fulfilling the purpose of our lives, namely, advancing in our knowledge of God, and contributing to the advancement of Human Civilization.

“He says we must make a special effort, today more than ever, to purify our bodies while developing healthier habits because we live in a world more toxic than ever, and we are being poisoned from every direction (foods, air, water, pharmaceuticals, etc.) It’s worth to mention that even if we have the healthiest diets and exercise routine we can still remain physically ill if we have disregarded our spirituality.

“Traditional Chinese Medicine, Science and Religious Writings for example have, for a long time now, taught that certain emotions (fear, anger, jealousy, grief, anxiety, resentment, etc) affect certain organs and biological processes in the body. If we experience these unpleasant emotions often then over time they will manifest themselves through chronic physical symptoms.

“Where do we get our emotions from? From our thoughts of course which are produced by our minds. What shapes our minds and perception of reality? Either the Word of God, which increases thoughts of peace, tranquility, gratitude, abundance, patience, safety, etc. or perverted media and entertainment in all its shapes and forms which only increase fear, anxiety, desire, and other negative thoughts.

“So, if spiritual health affects mental health which in turn produces healthy emotions and a healthy body, does it also work the other way round? The answer is yes.  When our physical body is toxic our mental faculties such as memory, concentration, imagination, understanding, and meditation will suffer. Consequently, a weak mind is not conducive to a strong spirit.

“In the words of Virgil “The greatest wealth is health” and we Baha’is must strive to be as healthy as we can be spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically because the fate of the world depends upon us.”

Nabil has put together a series of 8 short videos, called “Throne of the Inner Temple”, in which he integrating the Writings with his knowledge of alternative medicine.  I recommend them all very highly!

 

Health Was NEVER Meant To Be Lost

 

Is Your Mind Killing You?

 

Should Baha’is Be Vegetarians?

Drinking At Night

 

Breakfast

 

Food Combining

 

 

Overeating

 

Top 15 Ways To Detox Your Lymphatic System

 

 

Health and Well-Being (A Baha’i Perspective)

Another video I recommend this month is Health and Well-Being (A Baha’i Perspective). In this 52 minute video presentation, Tahirih Baker-Rabbani, MD discusses how our physical and spiritual lives are completely dependent one on the other. It’s a brilliant talk – well worth the time!

 

Featured Book:

 Prescription for Health (A Comprehensive Guide On Health Issues)

 Dr. Manouchehr Nadimi is is a clinical and nuclear cardiologist who isconcerned that despite great achievements in the diagnosis and treatments of many illnesses, and eradication of some major diseases, such as Polio, a new wave of devastating ailments is endangering the human race.  In this book we learn that:

  • Cardiovascular Diseases are now the leading cause of mortality around the globe.  In 2003, it caused more than two million deaths among people aged 45 to 59 years.
  • HIV and AIDS infection have become major causes of morbidity around the world. An estimated 40 million infected individuals with HIV/AIDS were living in 2005 worldwide. Globally, more than three million people died of AIDS related illnesses in 2005.
  • Alcohol Abuse and Addiction are among the major social, economical and medical problem around the globe. Each year it causes more than 100,000 deaths and two million physical injuries in the United States.
  • Tobacco Abuse and Smoking kills 4.9 million persons per year around the world, and is the cause for 60% of all cancers.
  • Facing these alarming health challenges, many industrialized nations, such as United States, spend up to 15.3% of their GDP on health. In 2005, the total health cost was two trillion dollars in that country, which is 6,700 dollars per person. Despite this enormous spending, global health condition remains alarming.

Therefore, a spiritual solution is necessary to heal the affliction of the world community which must be implemented along with the standard practice of medicine. Prescription for Health is a Baha’i Reference on health issues.

This book is a compilation of Baha’i writings on these subjects. In addition, it is a review of the latest scientific discoveries which have been published by the world renowned authors in their field.

To buy the book  

Featured Coach:

Dr. Gregory T. Lawton

Dr. Gregory T. Lawton is a dynamic, exciting, and experienced, alternative health educator and dynamic seminar presenter on many aspects of medicine, science, holistic and complimentary medicine as well as a prolific health science writer of over a hundred books on the philosophical side of the Asian martial arts and teaching yoga (dao yin), tai chi chuan, kempo, pakua, and hsing yi.

He is a licensed chiropractor and naprapath and is nationally board certified in physiotherapy, radiology, and medical acupuncture.  He is an award winning artist and photographer and has trained in Asian martial arts such as Aikido, Jujitsu, Kenpo, Pakua, and Tai Chi. He is an 9th degree black belt in Kosho Ryu Kenpo and a 10th degree black belt in Mizu Odori Ryu, and was awarded the title of Yudansha Taigu. He teaches a masters level program in deep perceptive diagnosis to naturopaths and supervises their work in his clinic. 

He is presently working on a project called the Hollow Reed which is an effort to teach writers, artists, dancers, and others involved in creative work how to combine meditation and spirituality with the creative experience. Most of his current creative work is in the areas of poetry, photography and art.

His latest project related to manual medicine is the Academy of Scandinavian Mobilization Therapy (SMT), a new seminar series, and an elearning and video training program based upon SMT technique and treatment protocols.  SMT is based upon naprapathy but has come to represent the most advanced medical manual and mobilization techniques and therapy that is available.

Another of his ongoing projects is in the area of drug abuse and he’s put together an anti drug coloring book, currently being used in Philadelphia in a large ongoing youth anti drug program.  It’s available as a free download.

As one would expect, he is very actively teaching new generations of students through the Blue Heron Academy (see below) and various trade associations.  His focus is on writing and teaching others, so he’s not looking for new patients. 

To see his latest book publications

To get your free book downloads

To visit his photography and art website

To read his creative writing blog 

To read his biography

To watch a demonstration of his medical massage and manual therapy techniques and protocols 

To follow him on Facebook 

To find him on Linkedin

Featured Business:

 Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences

Dr. Gregory T. Lawton (our featured coach) is also the founder and owner of the Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences   in the United States.  The Academy started in 1980 as a free school for women in transition from domestic abuse, rape and incest and in the 1990’s it became an individual initiative to teach the Baha’i Faith through community outreach and service.  It continues to serve the community as a vocational training center.

The Academy has trained over twelve thousand students in

  • Medical Massage Therapy
  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Sports Science
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Personal – Fitness Trainer
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Practical Acupuncture
  • Diet-Weight Management
  • Acupressure & Massage
  • Home Health Aide
  • Naturopathic Medicine
  • Chiropractic Assistant
  • Naprapathic Medicine

The curriculum at the Academy is founded upon the Baha’i Writings and has been since it began.  While many students have become Baha’is through the Academy, very few Baha’is have come to the Academy for training.

Over the last forty plus years Gregory has observed:

  • very few Baha’is are entering these fields
  • very few Baha’i medical physicians are using the Writings and guidance in their practice of medicine
  • very few Baha’is follow the dietary or health guidance found in the writings.

In the last few years, and after attending or presenting at large Baha’i gatherings or summer schools, he has become very concerned about the declining health of aging Baha’is.  In spite of the excellent guidance that we Baha’is have on health, healing, and spirituality, many of us have the same addictions and lack of moderation that is seen in the general society.  This is a great shame because it contributes to disease, pain, and suffering within the Baha’i communities.

Gregory believes that is quite possible to educate and train existing medical doctors in Baha’is health, healing and spiritual concepts and principles, and to train Baha’is in traditional medicine that is scientifically and evidence based.

When the topic of Baha’i teachings on diet, health and healing comes up at Baha’is gatherings, he often hears that the guidance from Baha’u’llah, the Bab, Abdul-Baha, Shoghi Effendi, and the UHJ is for a future time, but if the Baha’is don’t begin these practices now – the future will either never come, or it will be a very long way off.

Fortunately he has seen and witnessed great changes in awareness relative to the writing’s and health among the Baha’is in the last decade, which he finds very encouraging. 

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