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Foundations of Integrative Health

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Foundations of Integrative Healing Manual
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Foundations of Integrative Healing Manual
Introduction

Foundations of Integrative Health

The Library of Alexandria in ancient Egypt is one of the greatest mysteries in history. It’s rumored to have been founded in the third century BCE – perhaps by Alexander the Great himself – but we don’t really know. It’s said that it spanned an entire city block and was the single greatest accumulation of human knowledge in history. The library held over half a million documents from Assyria, Greece, Persia, Egypt, India, and many other nations, ranging from historical records to ancient spiritual texts. Over 100 mystics, scholars, and researchers lived at the library full time to research, write, lecture, translate and copy documents. But what’s mysterious about the library is not its existence but its disappearance. 

Not much is known about how the Library of Alexandria burned down. Not because we don’t have sources, but from too many conflicting accounts. Some say it was burned accidentally by Julius Caesar in 48 BCE in his reckless pursuit of Pompey. Other reports claim it was burned by a group of Christian Zealots in the fourth century AD. 

One account tells the story of a man standing in the rubble of the burnt down library who, by chance, noticed a mysterious papyrus scroll. He snuck the scroll back to his home study and realized he had stumbled upon something unusual; a detailed set of instructions to find the fountain of youth; eternal life.

The scrolls directed him through a set of spiritual practices to prepare him for the journey. The scrolls also provided him with a map, which directed him to a hidden cove on the east end of Africa. “Somewhere on this beach, there is a stone always warm to the touch. Finding this warm stone is the final step to obtaining eternal life.”

So the man left Egypt. He trekked thousands of miles to the cove detailed in the scroll. On his arrival, he found a beach littered with millions of smooth pebbles roughly the size of his hand. And so he began, every morning at dawn, working north to south, picking up each stone, searching for the warm stone. When he picked up a stone, and it was cold, he would toss it back into the water. 

Every morning at dawn, he would return to the cove, pick up rocks, and toss them into the ocean. It became a ritualistic practice for him, almost a meditation. He continued this every day.

One day, 25 years into his search, he was lost in the rhythm of his ritual. He picked up a stone, felt it cold, and threw it. Picked up a stone, cold, threw it. Picks up a stone, it was warm, and he throws it into the ocean! Never again did he find the warm stone.

Patterns are difficult to break, even when our lives are on the line.

When you’re sick, and your livelihood is at stake, it’s difficult to know who to trust; there are millions of cold stones out there. But, in pursuit of a better life, we can’t let the abundance of cold stones close our hearts to the possibility of finding the warm one.

This is not to suggest that this book will be the secret to your fountain of youth– only your intuition can guide your healing. However, we encourage that while journeying, you keep your heart and mind open to new possibilities. Good guidance does exist; it’s just rare, just like the warm stone. And if it is your intuition that guides you, you will once again live in the highest frequencies of health and wellbeing.

We’ve curated this manual with one goal in mind; to help guide people all over the world to move chronic diseases into remission. Like a library, it is constantly expanding. If you read it this year and again next, it will read like a new text. It evolves with new research. As collective scientific resolution on health issues becomes clearer, so does this book. 

Like the scrolls in the Library of Alexandria, this text doesn’t have a single author. We circulate this text regularly to our admired co-workers and industry leaders to offer their insight and contribution. It truly is like a library of the most practical and up-to-date health information on earth. In it, you will find helpful links to additional resources: books, research, and home products, all compiled to help you make meaningful life changes today.

There is no right or wrong way to find health, and health does not have a single definition. There are just different forces: energy, food, movement, spirit, nutrients, and emotions. And as we get better at health, we increase our resolution at wielding these nuanced forces, continually discovering higher states of harmony within ourselves.

There is no limit to the degree of harmony we can experience. Every new year can become a pursuit of a new, hidden aspect of life that reveals greater wellbeing. Walking this path alters our very grain of reality; it raises us above the surface of life and allows us to know who we truly are. Life can be harsh and full of pain. But learning the secrets of health, you will forever have a bright spot knowing you participated in something purely benevolent. Health is a gift, the greatest gift, and no one can take it away from you. 

Wisdom is everywhere. Once, a spiritual teacher drew our attention to the wisdom woven into the word “understanding.” How, to truly grasp such a nuanced subject like health, we must literally “stand under” it with a spirit of humbleness and humility. It’s fun to imagine the inventor of this word. Perhaps he was an old man, wise but also clever, clever enough to sneak a message to us down the centuries; that deeper realization comes when we approached subjects humbly and with new eyes. We look forward to standing under health with you.