Explorative Themes: A Journey
into Health or Cura te ipsum
(Physician Heal Thyself)
Our explorations during the fellowship residential and weekend immersion gatherings within our program, in truth, circle around an unvoiced unity. Creativity, healing, holism, emergence, and the like; these are all born of the Mysterium Tremendum (or overwhelming mystery), commented on by the German theologian, Rudolf Otto, as "The feeling of [the Mysterium Tremendum] may at times come sweeping like a gentle tide pervading the mind with a tranquil mood of deepest worship. It may pass over into a more set and lasting attitude of the soul, continuing, as it were, thrillingly vibrant and resonant, until at last it dies away and the soul resumes its “profane,” non-religious mood of everyday experience.” Although the mystery will always remain a mystery, the feeling of it is something we can hold in the openness and softness of our heart. In this way, it remains paradoxically deeply unknown, yet something that is intimately known and available to us all.
As a means of praxis or action, so as to become initiated into the Mystery of Life's offerings, we put forth the following overlapping and conjoined themes for our collective exploration. Never forget, however, they remain distinctions of our own choosing, and, in themselves, hold no privileged ontological status. They are meant only as useful metaphors; demarcation and waypoints to help guide us on our wayfarer's journey.
Our foci of investigation are as follows:
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” ― Hippocrates
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