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Integrative Health Professionals' Group
The idea for the integrative health professionals' group started in August 2008 during a meeting of the North American region health professionals' group. We realized that in addition to traditional health care practitioners, there are many members who practice what was formerly known as "alternative or complementary" medicine and is now called integrative health care. Also, many traditional practitioners, such as nurses and doctors, incorporate integrative healing modalities in the care of their patients.
Thus, the integrative health professionals' group was formed for members working in these fields. The first meeting of this group was held in February 2009. Participants include an integrative dentist, an acupuncturist, a chiropractor, a yoga and Pilates instructor, a massage therapist/holistic practitioner, two naturopathic doctors, a retired naturopathic doctor, an occupational medicine physician, and a clinical nurse specialist in integrative health practices, under the guidance of the regional director and a headquarters staff member. The goal is to become God-centered practitioners. This means to combine experiences of your field with spiritual principles. Eventually the integrative health professionals' group will be merged again with the North American Region health professionals' group.
At our first meeting, we received a study class from the regional director, guiding us about the need to become God-centered leaders. He said it is important to maintain positive vibrations all the time. When all is going well it is easy to have positive vibrations, but when people are in a difficult situation it is not so easy. When we say that the divine principles help people "overcome" difficulties, it does not mean to work to get rid of them or change them or fight them, but to accept them. Recently there has been a lot of rain in California, but the plants don't complain—they accept it.
Negative situations are tests. Gratitude is necessary to tune in with God. We don't need to cure illness or get rid of problems—they are all presents from God. If God sends you a gift, do you throw it away? As medical practitioners, the regional director guided us to please help patients to accept their cleansing. Like the day and night, positive and negative situations come in waves. Pray to strive to be in harmony with God's will. Pray with gratitude (thank you for the experience, please allow me to realize the lesson, what should I reflect on?). We make mistakes because of our impurities. To clean up our impurities, we need cleansing. In the process of going through cleansings, we make mistakes, which are also cleansings. Every day is an opportunity to unite with God. When someone is ill, don't congratulate them but don't be negative about it. Just as we check the blood pressure, we need to check our negative emotional level. If we are negative we will attract more negative situations. Even if the situation is seemingly terrible, it is ultimately good, because it helps us to change our innermost attitude. It may also help us to improve our diet, and encourage us to exercise. Through cleansing we often are pushed to change in a positive way. In order to help others our attitude is very important. This teaching is a universal principle.
The regional director also talked to us about the principle of waves and nodes/ ups and downs. You can see this in the body. We breathe in and breathe out. It is the same with the heartbeat also. If it was smooth (flatline) we would be dead. Day/night, fire/water, up/down—all are necessary to create a radiant person.
The members discussed all that we had studied in light of our professional experiences and shared patient cases and how we approached them. We want to help our patients in the best possible way, to help them with advice about innermost attitude in addition to physical prescriptions, and to advance true medicine. We set personal and group goals. We would also like to guide more health professionals' to Sukyo Mahikari.
In his concluding remarks for the meeting, our regional director said that it is we who need to practice the teachings in order to better perceive the true cause of people's health issues and be able to coach the person, nurturing them to become God-centered. Sukuinushisama organized the educators, scholars, and medical groups because of their great influence in society. The main goal is for us to overcome the tendency to tell people what to do. Most important is to listen and have patients have realizations on their own. We can use our positions to gain the respect of people and thus their trust.

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