In more than a decade of conscious-living conferences and retreats with parents and practitioners around the country, I’ve witnessed repeatedly that when it is time to put into practice all that we’ve acknowledged is true—to embrace the wisdom we’ve carried in our hearts all along—there’s one burning question on everyone’s mind: In a practical, day to day way, how can we create wellness in our families when our dominant culture conspires at every turn to undermine our efforts? From seminal thinkers like Joseph Chilton Pearce, author of The Crack in the Cosmic Egg, to practicing physicians like Larry Palevsky, M.D., of the Holistic Pediatric Association, the answer, in a nutshell, is always this: Get connected.
With the airways over our heads humming with tweets and texting, getting connected today seems simple enough. But the sort of connection required to create a solid foundation of wellness for our families must be envisioned by practitioners and parents who not only trust their own instincts, but courageously reach out to one another to create a supportive and resourceful conscious-living community. Only an intentional, empowered community can provide the clarity and strength required to simultaneously create a foundation of family wellness while defying our dominant culture’s demand for the distracted busyness that keeps us disconnected and dependent upon fear-based, disease models.
Throughout the last decade, I worked through the nonprofit Families for Conscious Living to help parents create their own conscious-living communities with turnkey tools like our Gathering Guide. When FCL parents first began to meet in parks in 1996, our precious lending libraries were jammed into the trunks of our cars and photocopied handouts were the norm. Cradling our children in circles under park trees, we wished for access to more information and relationships with holistic practitioners who would support our conscious choices.
Fast forward to 2010, and it appears a good fairy granted our hearts’ desires through the World Wide Web, where we can now find limitless information and local referrals from organizations like the Holistic Pediatric Association and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. And amazingly enough, the necessary tools for creating a supportive “family wellness” community are now available in a potent and evolving outreach program born of the mission-driven magazine you are holding in your hands.
In its initial phase, Pathways Connect works like this. A subscription to the program entitles ICPA and HPA members to:
a) A bulk order of magazines for free distribution.
b) A Discussion Questions and Resource Guide to accompany each issue of the magazine.
c) A Gathering Guide, to help parents in a practice establish independent study and support groups.
d) An array of specialized benefits for holistic practitioners, including members-only discussion boards.
The discussion questions are rallying points for parents and practitioners to examine issues together, as well as to explore the language and exciting possibilities of the paradigm shift away from the disease model approach, and toward whole family wellness.
As Albert Einstein once said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Pathways Connect’s content-driven Discussion Questions and Resource Guide are designed to help shift our thinking out of fear and dependency toward confidence and sustainability because they are grounded in the understanding and truth of the holistic paradigm. The truth is, everything we need to create wellness for families exists, and the practical tools of Pathways Connect lets us connect with those resources and support.
If you would like to learn more about the Pathways Connect program, visit us online at pathwaystofamilywellness.org/ PathwaysConnect, or better yet, visit us in person at the upcoming Freedom for Family Wellness Summit: The Conference for Conscious Choice, October 21–24, in Washington, D.C. (see page 7 for more information). This historic summit will showcase many of Pathways’ authors, including new-edge science visionary Bruce Lipton and alternative medicine pioneer Joseph Mercola, D.O. There will be opportunities at the summit to connect with practitioners, network with parents, learn to use Pathways Connect as an educational outreach tool—and together, find our pathways to family wellness.
About the Author:
Lisa Reagan is the cofounder of the educational nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living. Join her for interactive teleconferences on Empowered Parenting in the Paradigm Shift at consciouslyparenting.com
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #26.
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