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Healing and Being Healed PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allen Lawrence, M.D.   

One of the oldest professions on earth is that of the healer. Yet, there is presently a good deal of confusion over what healing is and who is a healer. This is one of those situations where a word or action may mean so many different things to so many different people that it can ultimately have little meaning.

Had we lived 200 years or more in the past, the concept of who and what the healer was might have been considerably simpler. In ancient times there were two types of healers, those that lived in and were part of a community and those who traveled. It was often clear to the local residents of a community what a specific healer did. This healer, man or woman, lived and worked in the community. They tended the ill, sat on the tribal counsel, did surgery, delivered babies, and tended to the work injuries and war injuries of the members of the tribe or group. They were known entities. As people they stood out. They often were greatly respected and everyone knew and trusted them. As practitioners they had their secret ways of healing which was rarely divulged to others. They has secret medication, the combinations of medications they used as part of their trade was known by few as no more then a very few would really even be able to understand what they did. In our studies of Hawaiian medicine this was incredibly clear as the healing discipline was known as Hunã, which translated into English as the “secret.” The knowledge of the Huna master, the kahuna or “keeper of the secret” was so powerful that it had to be guarded as it could be used both for good, to heal and for evil, to kill.

Introduction – Definitions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allen Lawrence, M.D.   
If we are going to look at illness, wellness and healing we first must look at the what each of these mean. The problem is often that there are so many meanings that it is often impossible to know when we use one of these words and when we talk about what illness is, what it means to be healed, cured or be well that we are all on the same line. Too often in the past having taken for granted that what we believe is the meaning is also what others believe and accept as the meaning of these terms only to find out that we have been talking about entirely different things, apples to grapefruits.

Hence before we start our journey of discussing healing, how to make it create it and make it happen that we all agree upon specific definitions of these terms. We can also agree to disagree about various aspects of these terms while still understanding who the term is being used. We respectfully suggest that if anyone disagrees with our definition, that they 1) use it as a baseline in any discussion and 2) make sure that they clearly state the differences or specific definition they wish to use so that future readers will understand our basic definitions and the writers specific variation of these definitions.

With all of this said let’s jump into this discussion by providing a list of words we plan to define and links to their definitions. As better or clear definition occur or as new acceptable variations of these definitions occur we may change these documents so periodically recheck the basic and definitions and their variations using these links.

Words and terms to be Defined:

Illness (also Sick and Sickness)
Cause of illness
Alternative Medicine
Types of Healing