Can a Healer be a Gardener?

by Jolanda KoedoodMarch 8, 2018

The Healer as Gardener – Philosophy in the East

Everything observable through the senses is subject to change and therefore in motion….these are interacting cycles of change………one cannot bid the winds to change nor waves to cease, but one can learn to navigate these interacting currents by conducting ourselves in harmony with the prevailing processes of transformation……and thus weather the storms of life “I Ching”.

The art of Acupuncture and Medical Herbalism

Ever since I became interested in Eastern Philosophy and with this: ”The art of Acupuncture and Medical Herbalism”, it has become clear to me that Nature and the human body have a lot of interacting going on and when looking at it from a Micro point of view it seems that all life occurs within the circle of Nature.

Things within this matrix are connected and mutually dependent upon each other. Nature is one unified system following its seasonal patterns that describe the process of transformation. When the elements of nature are in balance, life is harmonic and flourishes.

“When the balance of polar forces is upset, disaster looms.”

The human being can be seen as a microcosm of Nature, a smaller universe where the human beings represent the crossroad between heaven and earth, the offspring of their union, a fusion between cosmic and terrestrial forces. Sustained by the power of Earth and transformed by the power of Heaven, humanity cannot be separated from Nature- we are Nature, manifest as people.

Good and bad are relative, not absolute

As a cosmos in miniature, we are propelled by the same forces. Good and bad are relative, not absolute. Life and death balance each other. Seen and unseen psychological and physical functioning are aspects of one continuous process, by definition ever changing and in motion.
Since humanity is one and we are all connected by this energy, health is understood broadly, defining the whole being within the social and natural order.

What is good for nature is good for humanity, which is good for one is good for all. What is good for the mind is good for the body, and so on. To harm a part is to harm the whole. What is bad for the heart, is bad for the body, what damages one person damages all people, what injures the earth injures me.

“In other words, to preserve and restore the good health of one body and mind
is to foster the wellbeing of the whole earth and all life upon it.”

This we know – the earth does not belong to man

Chief Seattle in 1854, summoned up this ancient view of how humanity stands in relation to the world: “This we know- the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth”. All things are connected, like the blood that unites one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls humanity of the earth. Humanity is merely a strand of the web of life, whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves!.

Most ancient cultures, engaged in working the land, sowing, cultivating and harvesting the soil and depended on the fruits of the land for survival. Agriculture experienced power through nature and aspired to be in harmony with the seasons, the rhythms, and patterns that connected all things with each other.

Within this reality, the world is like a garden. This garden is nature, the living earth, humanity, the biosphere, the circle of all life.
When people are like gardens, then Eastern philosophy practitioners are like gardeners. The role of the healer is to cultivate life!

And this is exactly what got me interested in practicing Eastern medicine and its philosophies. I have been a gardener and interested in nature from a young age in this life.

After working as a registered nurse on several continents on this world, I finally found my niche since I embarked on living with the elements, nature and practicing herbalism and acupuncture accordingly.

I have a seasonally routine type of lifestyle where the garden is my guidance in regards to food provisions and the medicinal herbs provided by Mother Nature are equally sustaining the balance within my health pattern I believe that Nature is offering what we need most, and therefore I use my garden as a reflection of myself, and if we learn to observe, listen and see we will find answers growing in the most interesting spaces……