Rick Warren Health Plan and the Aquarian Conspiracy
By Sarah Leslie
Background information: Part 1: Rick Warren’s New Age Health Gurus
Part 4: Changing Science, Changing Mind
March 31, 2011
"A leaderless but powerful network is working to bring about radical change in the United States. Its members have broken with certain key elements of Western thought, and they may even have broken continuity with history.... This network is the Aquarian Conspiracy....
"Broader than reform, deeper than revolution, this benign conspiracy for a new human agenda has triggered the most rapid cultural realignment in history. The great shuddering, irrevocable shift overtaking us is not a new political, religious, or philosophical system. It is a new mind--the ascendance of a startling worldview that gathers into its framework breakthrough science and insights from earliest recorded thought....
"The Aquarian Conspirators range across all levels of income and education, from the humblest to the highest. There are schoolteachers and office workers, famous scientists, government officials and lawmakers, artists and millionaires, taxi drivers and celebrities, leaders in medicine, education, law, psychology....They are in corporations, universities and hospitals, ... in state and federal agencies, on city councils and the White House staff.... in virtually all arenas of policy-making in the country....
"There are legions of conspirators. They are in corporations, universities and hospitals, on the faculties of public schools, in factories and doctors' offices, in state and federal agencies, on city councils and the White House staff, in state legislatures, in volunteer organizations, in virtually all arenas of policy-making in the country.... They have coalesced into small groups in every town and institution."[p.23-24]
"The crises of our time, it becomes increasingly clear, are the necessary impetus for the revolution now under way. And once we understand nature's transformative powers, we see that it is our powerful ally, not a force to feared our subdued. Our pathology is our opportunity."[p.25]
The following excerpts are from a section called "THE EMERGENT PARADIGM OF HEALTH" in The Aquarian Conspiracy (pp. 246-247).
Assumptions of the
OLD PARADIGM OF MEDICINE
Assumptions of the
NEW PARADIGM OF HEALTH
Treatment of symptoms.
Search for patterns and causes, plus treatment
Integrated, concerned with the whole patient
Emphasis on efficiency.
Emphasis on human values.
Pain and disease are wholly negative.
Pain and disease are information about conflict, disharmony.
Mind is secondary factor in organic disease.
Mind is primary or coequal factor in all illness.
THE AQUARIAN CONSPIRACY IN MEDICINE”“
"The new way of thinking about health and disease, with its message of hope and its charge of individual responsibility, is widely communicated by the Aquarian Conspiracy, as in a 1978 Washington conference, ‘Holistic Health: A Public Policy,’ co-sponsored by several government agencies and private organizations. Agencies from the Department of Health, Education and Welfare were represented. So was the White House staff. Insurance companies, prepaid health-plan organizations, and foundations sent representatives—in many cases, their top executive officers.
"Politicians, physicians, psychologists, traditional healers, spiritual teachers, researchers, futurists, sociologists, and health policymakers shared the platform. The assistant surgeon-general opened the conference; principal speakers included Jerome Frank on the placebo effect, California legislator John Vasconcellos, meditation teacher Jack Schwarz, Buckminster Fuller on human ecology.
“Topics included public-health policy, implementation of holistic health centers, cross-cultural healing practices, systems theory, the holographic theory of mind and reality, yoga, music and consciousness, acupuncture and acupressure, Buddhist meditative techniques, electro-medicine, alternative birth approaches, bodywork, biofeedback, guided imagery, homeopathy, nutrition—and ‘the changing image of man.’
“This inclusive program typifies the new paradigm, which sees many nontraditional healing systems as complementary to Western medicine. Whether we understand how they work or not, they can be put to our service,… without knowing why they are effective.“It was in 1970 that the first group of scientists and physicians—friends—gathered in a public forum to assert their interest in spiritual realities and alternative approaches to health. The standing-room-only program at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, was underwritten by Lockheed Aircraft. Six months later a similar cast of characters staged twin weekend programs at UCLA and Stanford, emphasizing the role of the mind in disease, telling of ‘new’ therapies: meditation, visualization, biofeedback, acupuncture, hypnosis, psychic healing, folk healing. Within a few years, variations on this scientific-spiritual mating dance had been performed on the campuses of most major universities in the country…. The Rockefeller, Ford, and Kellogg foundations funded programs exploring the interface of mind and health.” (pp. 259-260)
“Malcolm Todd,… then president of the conservative AMA… endorsed the concept of a ‘humanistic medicine’ that deals with the ‘bodymind.’ [H]e urged… the integration of these holistic approaches into the system. Wisely used, he said, they promise an exciting rejuvenation of Western medicine. ‘The spectrum of components might range from biofeedback and the psychology of consciousness to paranormal phenomena, psychic healing.’
“The conspirators moved around the country like circuit riders, preaching a perspective, not a dogma; launching an educational program here, a pilot project there, promoting and publicizing a work of others in their network, forging new links.” (p. 261)
“Caucuses have been formed in many of the older professional organizations, and at every national convention, panels and workshops are devoted to topics relating to alternative medicine: altered states of consciousness, acupuncture, hypnosis, meditation, biofeedback. The body-mind-spirit slogan of these sessions may take its place as a revolutionary motif with ‘liberty, equality, fraternity.’ A number of holistic-health centers, conferences, and networks have also emerged from churches or church-affiliated foundations.” (pp. 262-263)
Subsection heading: “WAYS OF LIVING, DYING, HEALING”
“Everything of importance is already known, a sage said—the only thing is to rediscover it. Much of the current excitement about healing is a kind of collective remembering, a homecoming to the old wives and old doctors….
“Scientific discoveries about the richness and complexity of nature reveal the poverty of our usual approaches to health, especially our efforts to deal externally, forcefully, and invasively with systems whose delicate balance can only be corrected if the inner physician is recruited. Just as outer reforms have limited effect on the body politic, external treatments are insufficient to heal the body if the spirit is in conflict.”(p. 269)
Subsection heading: “THE HEALING EFFECT”
“The image of the body as a responsive field of energy, predominant in Eastern philosophy, coincides with evidence that the acupuncture meridians are a reality and that the charkas of Buddhist lore may indeed have a basis in fact.” (p. 275)
“While psychic healing may prove a useful adjunct to medicine in the future, it is unlikely to become a primary mode of treatment—for a simple reason. A ‘healer’ is ministering in much the same way as a doctor, doing something to the patient. Shamanic healers—the curanderos of South America, for instance—tell those they treat that they can affect the symptoms but they cannot change the inner process that produces disease. The symptom may disappear for a time but too often the deeper matrix of disease has not been changed. Only the individual can effect a healing from within.” (p. 276)
"I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things." Isaiah 45:6-7
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