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A Skillful Reflection on Lightning

Although substantiated by a logical scientific process, there’s something inexplicable few can deny about the effects of lightning. In fact, many cultures have viewed it in conjunction with a deity, including the Greek god Zeus, the Mayas’ God K, and Norse mythology’s beloved and fabled Thor. Verses in the holy books of Judaism and Islam credit lightning with a mysterious and commanding “supernatural importance,” and in the traditional religion of the African Bantu tribes, lightning is a sign of the fury of the gods, representing a time of rage and indignation.

But in the midst of the fear and mystery around this natural phenomenon, perhaps the most can be learned from the French and Italian’s expression for “Love at first sight,” which is Coup de foudre and Colpo di fulmine, respectively, which literally translated means “lightning strike.”

This parallel is a telling one, depicting the positive aspects that can be taken away from something so potentially frightening and ferocious. Allow yourself to envision the first time that primitive cultures saw fire. Without the conventional wisdom to explain it, it was magic, worthy of the respect and humility of an outright miracle. Conversely, lightning was like fire shooting from the sky; a divine force that brought its spectators as much excitement as concern. And although they couldn’t quite explain what was causing it, they knew it was helping to shape the landscape of the earth they were so attached to. They developed a profound appreciation for the process, and their own theories on what was triggering it. Perhaps some sort of divine being needed appeasement; perhaps it sought to regenerate the forests to keep them healthy; perhaps something was in dire need of being restored…regardless, they were able to parlay any fear in their minds into recognition in their hearts, welcoming the inevitable shift and its sacred messenger.

This time of year, when lightening is most visible, think of it not as a warning, but as a reminder of how yielding to the vigor and unpredictability of one of nature’s strongest forces can set possibilities ablaze.

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Advice from the Skillful Doctor: Holistic Healing

Question: One of the obstacles I’m facing in life is my back hurts so much that I can’t really exercise. I know how important exercise is and am wondering what I can do about this?  

Answer:  There are many modalities out there – some conventional and some alternative – that you can explore to get relief from your back pain. I will discuss a number of these over time, including:  

  • Osteopathy
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Other forms of bodywork such as massage therapy

  And many more. However the principle I would raise here is that whomever you see, you seek a practitioner that has a holistic approach to your issue. The more holistic they are and the broader their perspective is, the better they will be for your back and for your life.   The most common practitioner that is sought for your condition other than those in the mainstream medical field is a chiropractor. However, not all chiropractors are the same. I suggest you find one whose holistic approach extends beyond just the problems with your spine.  

I will be discussing holistic approaches to back health with chiropractor Dr. John Scivoletto on the June 12th episode of The Skillfull Living Room show. To listen live when it airs at 12 noon EDT on that day, click HERE.  After it will remain in the archives of the Business Talk Radio Network.

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