When I say something that goes against popular medicine, pharmaceuticals or science, I am deemed “irresponsible” and chastised for my “dangerous” behavior.
Some even say, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”
Or, how about this comment:
“You certainly know nothing about cancer and should therefore shut up or learn. Greetings from a researcher working at the front.”
And, most recently I received an email from a woman that said, “I don’t need to read stuff about how my face could indicate disease by something that borders on witchcraft.”
She was referring to visual diagnosis (aka “witchcraft”). For more about that read here: Our Body Speaks to Us.
These comments are reminiscent, although certainly not as drastic, of what I’ve learned about the witch-hunts across Europe and the Americas from the 14th through the 17th centuries.
The witches were healers (mostly women) that were deeply connected to the earth and nature. They were killed for their beliefs.
Having a connection to the earth meant they were consorting with the devil. A doctrine called the Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) written in 1487 was used to identify witches and how to dispose of them.
Burning them alive, in view of the townsfolk, was the preferred method.
The witches used natural healing practices that included plants, herbs and oils, and many had the gift of psychic ability as well. They could “see” beyond what the average person could: their mind was open to energy, insight, and intuition.
I’m sure you have all heard the term, “women’s intuition.” Those women were destroyed because of that special gift.
These same women also aided the process of childbirth: they were midwives, essential to supporting the birthing process. Their innate wisdom and knowledge of female energy was invaluable to bringing human life into the world.
Many years ago I met an OBGYN surgeon that gave me a tongue-lashing! When I mentioned I was in the room with my friend Jeannie massaging and caressing her as she was going through labor pains he said, “That is the most irresponsible thing I’ve ever heard. No one should be in the room except for a trained doctor that has gone to medical school. Child birth is an emergency situation and it needs to be treated that way!”
Thankfully, midwives are making a comeback after being snuffed out for a few centuries. They are doing what they intuitively know – how to aid the birthing process in a relaxed and stress-free way. Birthing should NOT be treated as an “emergency” unless it is an actual emergency.
The stress and sense of urgency created in hospitals inhibits the natural process of birth. As well as the utter ridiculousness of positioning a woman with her legs up in the air! What on earth?? The baby needs to slide “down” and “out” and the force of gravity certainly helps. You can read more about midwifery in a fantastic memoir called Baby Catcher, by Peggy Vincent.
Connection to the earth and female energy was a threat to the male-based patriarchy that included the rise of science, medicine and religion.
Even before the massive witch hunts that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people, women were deemed “inferior” by some of the greatest scholars and intellectual minds.
The works of Aristotle portrayed women as morally, intellectually, and physically inferior to men; saw women as the property of men; claimed that women’s role in society was to reproduce and serve men in the household; and saw male domination of women as natural and virtuous.
Those archaic ideas were ingrained in society long ago and sadly, many of them still exist today.
Fortunately, we’re no longer burning people alive in view of the entire town. Now, it’s seems, we’re only burning them inside the radiation wards.
What’s interesting is that so many folks still get flustered whenever anyone (female or male) has an opposing view to the masculine-based industries of science, religion, and medicine that were created during very dark periods in human history.
I say “dark” because until all human beings are treated with love and equality, we have yet to see the “light.”
No matter what the “researcher working from the front” says, I stand firm in my belief that mutilation is NOT the best idea for the prevention of breast cancer. You can read more about that here, Mutilate My Body? Not Intentionally!
This aggressive behavior is just another way to destroy the feminine energy. Whether removing a uterus, chopping off the breasts, or the testicles (for you guys still reading this), or any other body part to prevent cancer, intuitively, doesn’t make sense.
Body parts do NOT cause cancer.
We need to go deeper and get to the root cause of our conditions and stop this nonsense.
I also stand firm in my belief that radiation and chemotherapy are barbaric treatments for cancer. Cut, poison and burn should be the last resort, not the first. Read more about that here: I Don’t Believe In Cancer.
There are many ways to prevent and heal illness. I believe the female virtues of patience, self-care love, intuition and nourishment, need to have just as much voice in our healing practices as the masculine chopping, cutting and burning.
Like many of the witches before me, I follow the belief system that resonates deeply within, and I feel connected to the earth (feminine) and to the heavens (masculine) as well. To live harmoniously in this world, I believe, we need to utilize the best of both of these energies.
As above, so below.
The great sage Lao Tzu said, “Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being. Patient with both friends and enemies, you accord with the way things are. Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world.”
The time for reconciliation and compassion with ourselves, and what we have done to other human beings (both good and not so good) on our journey thus far, is needed more than ever as we move forward into a new age of humanity.
If you are an openminded practitioner and want to learn my top tips and awesome ancient healing knowledge, I’m happy to share it with you: Tips for Masterful Coaching
On the other hand, if you still want to burn the witch, with all the compassion I can muster in my heart, please take a long walk off a short pier.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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