Thoughts about a harmonious balance between the body, mind and world—let’s call this health and vitality—extend back to the dawn of history. In many traditions, these views are often refined over centuries of practice and study.
Now the marvels of modern medicine, as flashy and effective as they can be, are a relatively new arrival onto the healing scene.
Yet percolating within modern medicine is a bizarre conundrum. Increasingly troubled big pharmaceutical companies are finding that the placebo effect, their biggest enemy, is getting stronger.
“It's not that the old meds are getting weaker, drug developers say. It's as if the placebo effect is somehow getting stronger,” writes Steve Silberman in a recent article in Wired. “The fact that an increasing number of medications are unable to beat sugar pills has thrown the industry into crisis.”
I’d like to posit that, like an electron, this enigma has two faces, or spins; as if the enigma itself has an independent intelligence. Spin down: We call it placebo. Spin up: We call her Mother Nature.
Like the word placebo, the jumble is a spin-down, derogatory medical term for a harmful relationship between health and the imaginal realm.
To solve the riddle, enter answers into the boxes located below each clue. The circled letters should then be entered into the row of circles. Lastly, unscramble the letters in the row of squares.
☯ This illuminated symbol represents the esoteric life forces present within the human body. An ancient god of communication holds this. The American Medical Association has appropriated it.
☯ A metabolic act of transmutation in the body (and even the mind). The ancient healing science of Ayurveda considers this process to be the cornerstone of health.
☯ A Sanskrit word, one of three primary components in nature whose qualities include balance, buoyancy, reflectivity, sweetness and illumination.
☯ “Only God and Nature heal” are the immortal words from the bedrock of this doctor’s philosophy of natural therapeutics.
☯ A recent scientific theory by a quantum physicist proposing that life creates the world rather than the other way around
☯ In yoga this is the vital life force in the body, a subtle wind or “breath of life.”
☯ A name given by neo-theosophy to a nonmaterial “vital body” expounded upon in esoteric philosophies as the first or lowest layer in the "human energy field" or aura
☯ One theory about the origin of Santa’s “flying” involves Siberian shamen drinking reindeer urine after they’ve eaten this mycological wonder.
☯ One without second. Things appear distinct while not being separate.
☯ A therapy that uses gentle manual pressure applied to the skull, spine and membranes to restore rhythmic “tidal” flow to the brain, spinal cord, cerebrospinal fluid and surrounding membranes
☯ Form of herbalism based on astrologic and alchemical preparation of medicinal essences, tinctures and elixirs
☯ Ancient mystery school mathematician who forbade his students to eat beans because they interfered with the ability to perceive the subtleties of numbers