By Mark Thompson, D.O., N.D., Principal, Light Centre
I’ve noticed an underlying malaise in many people that typically presents itself as frustration, dissatisfaction or powerlessness and I’ve sensed that an increasing number of people are going through the motions of their daily lives without any great enthusiasm for it.
When I ask them what is wrong, most people can’t put their finger on it. “Its complicated” they usually say.
Alongside this shift I’ve also noticed another, seemingly concurrent, change in people’s attitude to their health.
By and large, people seem to already know what it takes to be more healthy (i.e. eat more fruit and vegetables, exercise more, handle addictions etc.), but what they now want to know is why it’s so difficult to start and stick to these good lifestyle habits.
It’s like we all expected that being healthier and happier would come easily once science worked out what to do; that the doctors, gyms, health gurus and health centres would come up with the solutions and that would be it.
But in the past few years we’ve realised that the answer is much more complicated and requires more than just knowing what to do or even having the best therapists or health insurance, it also requires an understanding of our individual and collective mentality and of our own underlying weaknesses.
Finally, I’ve also noticed a third shift. That many people are becoming increasingly disillusioned with the social system we live in.
It seems that most people no longer believe that the political system, and the culture it created, now represents their thoughts or aspirations. Instead they talk about the problems of growing inequality, corporate domination and a feeling that people’s personal freedom and individual expression is being eroded.
Even though most people now accept that our consumerist mentality is destroying the world’s habitats and causing most of its problems, we do not believe that the people’s collective will is capable of stopping it.
It’s thus no wonder that many people now seem more inclined to avoid political and social involvement and instead engage in various forms of (usually unhealthy) escapism.
Sensing this shift in emphasis on what health is now about, I spent much of 2013 trying to understand what has been going on with the world and with people’s thinking.
The answers to my research now form the basis of a six-week, Wednesday night Lecture Series I’ll start running at the Light Centre in Moorgate from 15th January 2014.
Summary of the Lecture Series
After much research, it now seems clear to me that most people’s self-destructive thoughts and habits are an unavoidable consequence of being part of the present Westernised culture.
The modern world is now largely artificial. We interact more with computers than we do with nature. This has meant us swapping the acute diseases of nature (infections, starvation, physical hardship) for the chronic ones of our artificial existence (heart disease, cancer, diabetes, aches, pains, obesity, depression etc).
In short, we’ve swapped the unpredictable vitality of nature for the predictable chronicity of city-life.
Because we have not yet evolved the physical and functional mechanisms to properly cope with these new artificial worlds, so the novel foods and environments have created a barrage of low-lying stresses that slowly deplete people’s resources and test their resilience, leading eventually to overt symptoms that we call chronic disease.
But today the physical stresses we endure are being surpassed by increasingly mental ones. Much more difficult to identify, these mental stresses are not ones we’re well equipped to deal with and anyway, our modern culture doesn’t allow us the space or time to identify and reflect on them. We therefore just keep peddling the bicycle and the mental stresses continue to build up.
Why you should come to the Light Programme Lecture Series
If you come to my Wednesday night lecture series, I will explain to you what the physical, functional and mental stresses of our modern times are, how they accumulate and how they underpin most people’s health and social problems.
I will also explain how the ‘on-board computer’ we call our left-brain, leads us to self-orientated, task-orientated behaviours, that help us excel in productivity and personal gain, but make us suffer in terms of relationships, peacefulness, vitality and health.
Furthermore I will explain how understanding and mastering your ‘on-board computer’ and bringing balance to your left/right brain experience is the first and most important step in tackling the challenges of the world and putting more vitality and joy back into your life.
With this information in place I’m then confident that you will be able to more readily find solutions to your life situations and also find the enthusiasm and will-power to make lasting changes to your health.
The course will conclude by offering you a red pill / blue pill moment, where you’ll have the time, space and information you need to decide whether to shift your approach to life and the world, or instead to find peace with the way the world works for you and be able to carry on with a new sense of purpose.
If you decide to make a shift then this lecture series could be a life-changing experience for you.
The choice will be yours.