This November we are really excited about the publication of Conscious Medicine, an exciting new book by Gill Edwards. With some great endorsements for this title (click here to see these), people are becoming more aware of the connection between the mind and body as well as the alternative options to traditional medicine that are avaliable.
Here Gill tells us a bit about herself and why these was such an important book for her. . .
1. Describe yourself in three words.
Phew – this is tough! We are all so complex, and I am also the opposite of almost any adjective I might choose. How about: Passionate. Spiritual. Pioneering.
2. Where did you grow up?
By the seaside in Lancashire, England.
3. Where do you live now and what’s your favourite thing about the area?
I live in the heart of the Lake District, and adore the beauty, balance and wildness of this stunning landscape.
4. What is your most treasured possession?
My cat, Mystic. He is not a possession, but a friend – but it is him I would save from a burning building (after my son!)
5. What is your favourite book?
Gosh, this is impossible! There are so many wonderful books. If I was choosing one book for a desert island, I would probably take a collection of Rumi’s poetry.
6. Who has been your greatest inspiration/influence?
The Seth books by Jane Roberts started me on a metaphysical path, nearly 30 years ago. In recent years, the teachings of Abraham (Esther and Jerry Hicks) have been the biggest influence on my thinking.
7. What is the worst job you’ve ever done?
Buttering bread for endless sandwiches in a café when I was 16. I lasted one morning – then walked out!
8. When did you start to become interested in the connection between the mind and the body?
When I was 19, as a psychology undergraduate, I became anorexic – and began to learn about how the body can affect the mind, and vice versa. Conventional medicine had nothing to offer me, so I began exploring alternative approaches, learned to meditate, saw a homoeopath, and came up with my own model of why so many young women had eating disorders. Books were just emerging about new paradigm medicine, and I was hooked from then on!
9. What is the most satisfying thing about what you do?
I love playing with ideas about health, science and spirituality, integrating models and turning them into practical tools which can change people’s lives. The most satisfying thing is hearing from people who have used my books, CDs and workshops to change their lives.
10. Can you tell us more about CONSCIOUS MEDICINE?
I have wanted to write this book for 30 years, but it is only now that the science has become available which supports what I have always believed and taught: that it is the mind/consciousness which is in charge of the physical body. We can make ourselves sick, or make ourselves well. The body mirrors the state of our consciousness. As a clinical psychologist, this had always been obvious to me. Then I had a cancer diagnosis a couple of years before writing the book, which gave me a great opportunity to ‘walk my talk’, and practise conscious medicine in the way I approached the dis-ease (rather than taking the conventional route, often known as ‘slash, poison and burn’).
Countless case studies and research in the new biology now show that it is unresolved traumas and negative beliefs which eventually get ‘downloaded’ into the physical body and show up as symptoms or disease. It is as if the body is trying to help us to heal whatever is getting stuck in our lives, so that we can grow and expand. In this sense, every illness is a friend and teacher – if only we see it through the right eyes. One of the problems with conventional medicine is that it ignores the meaning and purpose of disease, and sees the body as faulty or inadequate, or sees you as a ‘victim’ of faulty genes. This is because it sees the world as a solid, material place rather than as energy which is being moulded by consciousness – as the new science suggests.
The new biology shows that even our genes are controlled by the state of our consciousness. If we live in fear, guilt and other negative emotions, we switch on unhealthy genes. If we live in love, we switch on healthy genes. Conscious medicine is very empowering. Some people might prefer to hand their power over to a doctor, but for many others, conscious medicine is a way of seeing illness and disease as part of our spiritual journey.
For me, the body is always our friend – and it is designed to heal itself, if only we get out of its way. When we are aligned with our higher self, and moving towards our dreams and desires, we are naturally healthy and vibrant.
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