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"The Sacredness of Being a Health Care Practitioner":
NAR Health Group Conference and Public Event in San Francisco
Twenty-one health care practitioners, including 11 from the San Francisco Bay area and the rest from across the region and as far as India, gathered on Saturday, February 20, at the Union Square Sukyo Mahikari Center to explore the topic of "Being God-Centered as a Health Care Practitioner." This was the first conference of both the integrative health care practitioners and the allopathic doctors, dentists, and nurses, which had previously met separately.
Together we reviewed the New Year's message which gave the themes of returning to the origin and promoting yoko agriculture as a means of returning to nature, protecting the environment, and practicing the ten points. All participants shared their stories of how they came to Sukyo Mahikari, many of them wanting to improve their personal condition and others feeling called to offer service as a health care practitioner.
A special guest was Dr. Jaya Lalmohan, a holistic gynecologist from Kerala, a state in southern India, whose stories of saving lives have been published in the Sukyo Mahikari journal. She related the experience of having so many patients waiting in the hospital but, as she walked by, she raised her hand and sent Light to a patient while she walked. The patient immediately said, "Thank you!" Dr. Jaya said, "For what?" and the patient replied, "I know you did something and I feel better."
Dr. Keefa Weatherspoon from Detroit spoke of the initiatives of the Detroit members to clean up their city, which has been devastated by the failing economy, and to utilize empty lots to create vegetable and plant gardens. Dr. Melissa Yee Carlson shared about the educational forums of the Hawaii Sho Dojo, holding public talks on important topics such as food safety, genetically modified organisms, and organic and taro farming in Hawaii. Dr. Ron Carlson spoke about a county ordinance which was passed in the Honolulu city council, with testimony from numerous Sukyo Mahikari members, to prevent the intentional addition of a medication to the water supply as a means of treating a medical condition. It was very encouraging to see how members as health care practitioners are progressing in their practice of the ten points and the teachings in their work and daily lives.
The first day concluded with reminders of the importance of giving and receiving Light, networking, and participating in the monthly conference calls that we have arranged. A suggestion was made that health group members can offer Light as a group once a month at their centers to strengthen their ties with each other and build the core for their personal and professional practice. The health group will continue to work on creating a website for the health group and look forward to the next conference where more practitioners can gather to share their experiences in their professions and as Sukyo Mahikari members.
San Francisco members offered service throughout the day to provide refreshments and assistance to visiting members, and the conference was filmed for showing at a later date. The first evening concluded joyfully by the conference participants offering service in preparation for the public event the next day.
The public event on February 22 welcomed medical practitioners from the Bay area to hear three presenters. The theme of the public seminar was "The Sacredness of Being a Health Care Practitioner." Dr. Jaya talked about being a health care practitioner in India, where Western and Eastern approaches to medical care are all practiced. She teaches medical professionals about dedication, tolerance, and compassion in their work. Betty Carmack, a nurse who is the friend of a member, spoke about the sacredness of the health care professional's connection with patients at critical moments in their lives. Greg Muchnij, the center director of Phoenix and a chiropractor, talked about the wonders of nature and strategies for positive health. After the talks, the guests enthusiastically posed questions and talked about their experience of the seminar. Guests lingered to enjoy appetizers and sweets prepared by the members and continue their discussion.

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