“Early to bed and early to rise, Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
~ Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac
People want to live long, healthy lives. People do not want their lives suddenly cut short by injury nor by illness, and they want to be healthy, vibrant, and capable their entire life.
We believe in an integrated approach to the whole human, including all aspects of health.
People have physical bodies, but they are clearly more than their physical bodies because we know that when a body is no longer living, it is not what we call a person. There is some other aspect, some vital force or vitality, some animating factor, that brings the physical being to life. Many names have been given to this element of being, and we like to use the word “soul.”
It is possible, however, for a living being to have both a body and its soul, but to be disconnected from reality. There is an intellectual component to life, which represents an active mental presence. When someone is alive but lacks this mental presence, we describe them as being in a coma, or in a vegetative state.
There are also living persons with full active intelligence who have difficulty or inability to express emotion. So, they have a body, a soul, a mind, but there is something the matter with their emotions, or they seem to express far too much, or far too little emotional energy. We have a variety of names for such conditions, including autism spectrum disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, neuroses, psychoses, schizo-affective disorder. There are also events such as traumatic brain injury and traumatic stress that can dramatically alter how people express emotions, what they fear, how they behave.
Each human may seek to be a soul with healthy emotions in a healthy mind, in a healthy body. Integrating wellness into the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical aspects of our beings is total wellness.
There are many disciplines of health and wellness that have been developed over the last few millennia. These include allopathic medicine, chiropractic, osteopathy, nutrition, herbalism, acupuncture, massage, pharmaceuticals, counseling, psychiatry, nursing, spiritual healing, prayer, meditation, exercise, sexual therapies, and various combinations of these such as yoga. The list just shown is by no means comprehensive. Integrated wellness includes detailed and thorough consideration of all aspects of the human being and all types of possible healing arts.
In the pursuit of health and wellness, people have spent enormous sums of money. It is natural to want to be well, to heal injuries, to cure diseases, and to live a long life.
It is, of course, widely understood that systems of coercion and centralisation such as licenses, taxation, and regulation, may serve to extract and extort more money for a few practitioners at the expense not only of other healers, but also of the general public. It is unnatural to do harm while purporting to heal.
Accordingly, we intend to establish a network of Indigo Centres for the Healing Arts. These Indigo centres will seek to bring together healers from all disciplines and with a variety of outlooks in order to bring to the individuals under their care the best possible results, the healthiest lives, the soundest souls, the most harmonious emotions, and the brightest intellects. People who are cared for and who care for others can be amazing beings.
In 2005, Aubrey de Grey spoke at Doug Casey’s Eris Society conference in Aspen, Colorado. He reported on extensive research into reducing senescence, or, increasing longevity. Amazing things have been done by his research teams, and others, in the years since then. It is now reasonable to conceive of therapies and interventions that would extend the normal life span of humans, with health and vitality, from about four decades to many centuries. He has suggested that the first person who will live a thousand years has already been born.
There are no meaningful limits to what is possible, physically, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. As far as we can tell, the human body is meant to be extremely resilient, or, as Nassem Taleb has called various aspects of reality, “anti-fragile.” Anti-fragile means thriving instead of falling apart. While doing so is not at all trivial, it seems possible to encourage the widespread development of ideas, approaches, and strategies to encompass every aspect of life, every method of healing, and take out all elements of coercion and humiliation from the picture.
We seek to build communities where healthy living is normal, where people care about and care for one another, and where human dignity is widely available. We seek to network together these and many other communities to make the as much information about the best healing arts available to the most people.