Joan Borysenko on Transformation – Parts 1 – 3

Joan Borysenko on: What is Transformation?

In this segment, Dr. Borysenko defines success as feeling a sense of peace in each moment. She describes a connectedness and a kindness toward all, as transformation.

Psychologist and medical scientist, Joan Borysenko, PhD explores transformation through her healing experience. She is the co-founder of the Mind/Body clinical programs at Boston’s Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center and taught at Harvard Medical School. This interview was conducted at IONS as part of the transformation project research.

Joan Borysenko on Transformation – Part 2

Joan Borysenko on: Staying Centered
The language used to describe “transformation” varies in traditions and situations. In business language you could ‘access that flow state’ or in Christian traditions you could ‘find the kingdom of heaven.’ In this segment Joan discusses the transformative experience, its opposite and the language used to describe it.

Psychologist and medical scientist, Joan Borysenko, PhD explores transformation through her healing experience. She is the co-founder of the Mind/Body clinical programs at Boston’s Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center and taught at Harvard Medical School. This interview was conducted at IONS as part of the transformation project research.

Joan Borysenko on Transformation – Part 3

Joan Borysenko on: The Dark Night of the Soul

St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila in the 15th Century described the “dark night of the soul” and how it’s a place of grace. Joan explores that concept in this segment and identifies pitfalls. She says the darkness of ‘don’t know’ is frightening to most people, but it stops the ego in its tracks and something new has to happen.

Psychologist and medical scientist, Joan Borysenko, PhD explores transformation through her healing experience. She is the co-founder of the Mind/Body clinical programs at Boston’s Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center and taught at Harvard Medical School. This interview was conducted at IONS as part of the transformation project research in 2006.

Planetary Wellness: A new consciousness – Deepak Chopra


The concept of Spaceship Earth goes back to the visionary thinker Buckminster Fuller, and now is the time to pay heed to it. Spaceships carry a limited supply of food and water with them, and the crew must be disciplined about those limited reserves. It would be fatal to run short, but it would also be fatal to contaminate even a small portion of food and water. Because we haven’t seen Earth as our spaceship, we’ve lost all discipline. After centuries of human influence, there is contamination everywhere.

The toxic oil spill in the Gulf is heartbreaking and so massive that it cannot be overlooked. But thirty years ago the pioneering ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau reported that every square mile of the world’s oceans is covered with a thin film of oil. It’s barely visible, if at all, but it’s there. Because there are seemingly endless stretches of ocean — just as there seemed to be endless stretches of ice at the poles — human beings could afford to pretend that we aren’t living on a spaceship.

That time is at an end. Technology will eventually bring us an end to fossil fuels. Water diversion can bring drinking water to the overcrowded cities where clean, potable water is quickly running out (several in India, including Mumbai, are reaching the critical point). Genetic therapies may one day bring down cancer rates by more than a trifling amount. In other words, if you are an optimist, the hazards of climate change and overpopulation are waiting for solutions that will one day emerge, hopefully sooner than later.

But what kind of a solution is it to survive on a toxic planet? This is like telling a patient that he is well because he’s not about to die. We need to adopt a new kind of consciousness in which the wellness of Spaceship Earth is true wellness, not simply the absence of potentially fatal conditions. Right now, we face the potential for ecological disaster on many fronts, from the melting glaciers of the Himalayas that threaten to dislocate millions of refugees to the rising seas that could submerge the Maldives to dying coral reefs all over the globe.

Our choice is to stand back and passively let bad go to worse, or we could become active stewards of the planet. A new consciousness involves networking and group efforts. It involves political influence and the development of new leadership. But all activity begins in consciousness first; you must be aware enough to look reality in the face. We aren’t doing that except in fits and starts. Overwhelmed by bad news on the ecological front for more than a decade, all of us find it easier to shut down and tune out. But there’s another alternative: the invigorating, energizing call to action that leads to personal fulfillment and empowerment.

Healing this planet would be empowering for all of us. What won’t empower us is sitting at the sickbed watching Mother Nature grow sicker until signs of death appear. Planetary wellness needs to become a global movement, yet it begins with you and me, and the time to act is now.

Published in the San Francisco Chronicle

Is Pleasure Compatible With Spirituality?

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“Natural Health and the Islamic Tradition” by Hakim Archuletta
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In this series, renowned natural healer, Hakim Archuletta, takes you on a journey into a wonderfully refreshing perspective of natural health, a timely topic as many people are now discovering the benefits of alternative medicine.

Whether you are a health professional, serious student of alternative medicine, or simply seeking a more fulfilling spiritual and healthy life, this series will prove a valuable addition to your library.

What are some of the fundamental ways that our modern lifestyle has negatively affected our health? What is the significance of hamd (praise) and shukr (thanks) in our physical health? What can we do to achieve wholeness and reconnect with ourselves, our Creator, and all of creation? And why is this important for real health?

The speaker, whose studies took him across the world, answers these and many other questions during this three-day seminar in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. Many fascinating topics are explored such as new approaches to trauma therapies, energy medicine and the four humors.

He explains the concept of hikmah (simple truths) and the principles of “Prophetic” medicine and shares anecdotes from his many years as a healer. This seminar is full of eye-opening information that may change the way you look at all medicine and your health.

Hakim reveals “secrets” of healing, exposes the modern-day conspiracy against health and places natural healing within the context of the Islamic tradition. And as a bonus, he demonstrates practical exercises to perform which can help you in recovering sensation, reconnecting to yourself and ultimately becoming a more whole and healthy human being.

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