We are all self-governing.
Let us call upon our ancestors and teachers - past and present,
to guide us in the way of the Heart.
You are all my relations. All is One.
It can be quite disconcerting to live in our mainstream world today. Conventional media is filled with reports of war, political corruption, stories that vilify another, inflammatory remarks towards a race or religion, public and domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, the mistreatment of animals, environmental pollution and the depressing list goes on.
It is true that many do live in a world of personal struggle and depression. However it seems that the mainstream support on offer often falls short. A holistic approach is one that recognises all parts and then treats the whole. These parts broadly include a person’s mental, emotional, physical and spiritual make-up.
Many conventional wellbeing services, although well-meaning, fail to deliver holistic services. One simple, major reason for this, is the education and knowledge systems brought in by staff - including at executive, managerial and ground level, are not holistic in nature.
Another profoundly important, but largely unacknowledged issue, is the level of what Bin Sallik calls ‘cultural safety’ amongst mainstream wellbeing staff. Often cultural safety is mistaken for something one can learn about another. However, the cultural safety Bin Sallik speaks of is primarily about knowing thyself, in order to deliver safe and respectful services. An approach commonly found in holistic knowledge systems.
Cultural safety is a process of identifying and acknowledging our own life story and experiences. From that place, we can identify our sensitivities, vulnerabilities and perhaps most importantly, our unique reality. When we open up and learn about ourselves in this way, only then can we take true responsibility for who we are and what we bring into our home, our relationships, our work and ultimately our society.
Furthermore, only from this place of honesty, self-awareness and clarity, can we make meaningful decisions about our own wellbeing, including addressing our addictions and dysfunctions that ultimately prevent us from connecting fully.
Therefore, it is highly questionable that any organisation or institution who is not founded on holistic philosophy, and whose staff have not done the bulk of their training in holistic knowledge systems, could claim they are delivering holistic outcomes.
If you are receiving conventional healthcare that is ‘falling short’, don’t despair, simply look to a holistic treatment to fill in the gaps - they don't call us complimentary therapies for nothing.
Yours in Wellbeing,
Helene has a Bachelor of Trauma & Healing, is a Reiki Teacher and the Founder of the Yemaya Centre and Evolve Events in Lismore. Helene’s approach to wellbeing is focused in personal growth. Helene offers regular Reiki Courses and Reiki Circles, and enjoys making a range of wellbeing topics accessible to the community through Evolve Events. Helene has been writing Natural Law and delivering wellbeing workshops since 2008. For information, enquiries and bookings visit www.yemayacentre.com.au or phone 0405 656 797.
What’s On at the Yemaya Centre
Reiki Circle – 6th October at 5:30pm
Reiki Second Degree Course – 13th October, 10-5pm
Evolve Events – 19th October at 6:30pm
Topic: ‘Managing Chronic Pain with Yoga and Meditation’ with Guest Speaker Siri Shakti
Reiki First Degree Course – 22-23rd October, 10-5pm
Visit www.yemayacentre.com.au for more information and to view the individual healing treatments on offer.