Listen to Your Messages
by A. Schaeffer-Pautz, M.D.
Physical and spiritual activities work in the events of life. Positive and negative outcomes such as joy and accident leave their traces on the path of life. These biographic events can be understood as messages revealing things we need to work on. We can ask what our own biography means and what the messages are trying to tell us. However, we may not always get the message or understand it fully.
Because it is fundamental, biography can play an essential role in medical treatment. With the right training, a medical doctor can assist us in understanding and working with the life events our biographies hold. With the doctor, we can take action on these messages to help us alter – or steady – our course along the path of life and healing.
How life affects us on the one hand, and how we respond on the other, form two parts of a whole. It is not just a play on words to say that “holistic” is both “holy” and “whole”. When a life event is severe enough, the whole is disrupted. For this reason, Edgar Cayce says “disease” should be pronounced as “dis–ease.” The physician can observe how biographic events, when left unresolved, may manifest as functional or physical symptoms, or go deeper into the physical body, leading to disease.
As many know from experience, the events of life often repeat until we finally “get it right.” That is, until we not only get and understand the event’s message, but also when we learn how to work it through. When we don’t listen to and implement the message, “destiny” repeats itself. Similar circumstances are attracted over and over again if not corrected and healed. This rhythm of accident and opportunity is like a pulse of messages full of meaning.
In the holistic sense of holy and whole, the term “anthroposophy” is aptly applied here. “Anthro-po-sophy” means “wisdom of Man.” It is the wisdom we all have. That is, we have ability to consider the whole human being, both physical, where the life events manifest, and spiritual, where biography resides and functions.
As part of the medical practice, an anthroposophically-trained medical doctor listens to and evaluates a patient’s biographic messages, comparing them to the ideal whole human being. In turn, through the use of dialog and counseling, without drugs – even without natural remedies – the physician is able to intervene through awareness and participation. This helps his or her patients take active charge of life, reduces the attraction of accidents requiring medical services, and may prevent disabilities.
By applying the messages of biography, the physician strives profoundly to assist patients in their own efforts to learn, balance, heal, and live well. An anthroposophic medical doctor can also support a patient using holistic remedies from the disciplines of naturopathy, homeopathy, and nutrition, as well as with therapeutic eurythmy, which works deeply with the rhythms of life.
As in taking the heart’s pulse, the doctor reads the pulse of life’s events, relaying them to the patient to work on freely in healing. A balanced life takes the “dis” out of dis–ease.
(Note that this is not intended to diagnose or treat. If you have a medical condition, please consult with your health care professional.)
Dr. A. Schaeffer-Pautz, M.D. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (ABIHM), She is also a DAN! (Defeat Autism Now) doctor. She specializes in holistic treatment approaches in conjunction with conventional medicine and also in terminal diseases such as cancer. Of fifty doctors practicing anthroposophic medicine in this country, Dr. Schaeffer-Pautz is the only one located in Florida. The practice can be reached at (904) 246-3583 in Jacksonville Beach.