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21 October 2020

LOVE is the Reason for Medicine


In our last essay, we borrowed an ancient aphorism of the great physician Paracelsus. He wrote that “The Reason for Medicine is Love.”

If you previously pondered on the question which we had posed, “What is the Reason for Medicine?,” you might have said the Reason is

• to relieve pain and suffering
• to return the sick and injured to health
• to remove symptoms and discomforts
• to make people feel better
• to get people back to their old selves
• to return things to normal
• to make patients, families and doctors happy

We often get pointed toward narrow and short-term responses in many areas of life – rather than to Big Picture things. We have gotten used to thinking that health is the absence of disease and that medical providers should fight, attack and banish illness and discomfort. Thus, we have created vast industries to battle disease with chemicals and knives and Xrays and a host of other potent treatments. Along the way, we have been taught to bow to science and technology. Then, we have forgotten much of the Art of Healing upon which medicine was based long ago.

When the author grew up, there were Healing Arts buildings in our small city. Now, we have Medical and Health Science Centers all around. It is as if Science has figured out the problems of human beings. And, that magic pills and procedures can fend them off. But, humans are neither born nor live in laboratories where most of Science is done.
So, we imagine more the idea than the fact of Medicine overcoming ills. When was the last time Medicine even gave the appearance of arresting one disease?

Unfortunately, Science, Medicine and the Public have come to the point of mostly ignoring factors which are of Vast importance in our Comings and Goings.

Human beings, as well as the rest of the planet Earth, are products of God and Nature. The Great Creator is a God of Love. When we honor these simple facts and return to long-forgotten understandings, we will be able to deal directly with “Causes and Cures.”

God is Love and humans are made in the image and likeness of God. Being made in that Image, we have the potential to do all manner of things through the power of Love.

“All things are possible with God.” We have the potential, like the Christ and his Disciples, to heal any and every ill which Medicine has enumerated.

Why then do we deal with human ills indirectly and ineffectively through drugs and surgeries, potions and remedies – when we can go Direct?

Sure, we can consult and use physicians and providers. And, their methods have value – however modest. But, healing happened ages ago without doctors. And still does constantly around the world where no physician has ever set foot. Most healing, even in the West, occurs without medical intervention or treatments.

Wm Blake

The Love of God created human beings. The Love of God re-creates, transforms and heals our forms and beings day by day and moment by moment. We are all terminals – in the computer sense – of God’s creative Love. And, we ALL can be conduits – channels of that Love for healing purposes.

The renowned surgeon Bernie Siegel speaks of this situation from many angles in his various writings. One simple statement of his runs like this: “A mother’s touch, a kiss, or a doctor’s phone call suddenly bring relief. We begin to become aware of the interplay of psyche [soul] and soma [body].”

Those words might bear pondering and lead us to a profound idea:

All human beings receive, carry and transmit the Healing Power of Love.
We can learn to do so consciously and intentionally to benefit others, when we so desire.

Comments always welcome at theportableschool at gmail dot com.

Dr. Bob took a jaunt across America in 2002.

He started in Lavina on June 11 and

arrived at the Statue of Liberty

on November 3, 2002,

which happened to be a Sunday

and the day of the New York Marathon.

"His marathon" was over in time for a good rest.

2002 Route
Dr. Bob's Route

The memories remain and prompted a book 10 years out, 

then followed four walks to the West.

Later still came other experiences

to get him “On the Road Again."

2012 Walk - Montana to Nevada (Blogs 01-14)

Ready for the Road
Out the Door
Harlo to Livingston
First 100 miles
Heading for Idaho
Over the Divide
Three Amigas
In the News
At Center for Peace
All’s Well
Recapitulating Lessons from Roads

2013 Walk - Montana to Nebraska (Blogs 15-28)

Ready Again
Changing Plans
First Week Out
Good Man
This Bud
Seams Right
Forsyth News
Walking the RR
Natural Healing
Back from the Edge
Living on the Edge
Another Man’s Shoes
Healing Friends


2014 Walk - Wyoming to Kansas (Blogs 29-40)

In the Saddle Again
Down the Road
Favorite Spots
Great Dictator
Good Neighbor
Kindness of Strangers
Dorothy in KS
JFK Report
Rules of Road
Planes Trains Autos

2015 Walk - Arizona to Idaho (Blogs 41-55)

Snow in Snowflake
66 at 66
The Night Shift
Sweet Alternative
Montana Again
Navajo Nation
Phone Power
Mormon Trail
Raindrops Falling
At the Junction
Photoblog 1
Photoblog 2
Photoblog 3
Presidential Politics
2015 Map

2016-17 Silent Path (Blogs 56-65)

A Silent Path
7 Weeks In
7 Months In
Silent Reading Joseph & JFK
Moments of Silence
Old Dogs
Robert Robot
Rollin’ River
Like a River

2018-20 Inner Journeys (66-73)

Dreyfuss Road
Law and Love
Play it Again, S__
It Ain’t Easy
It Ain’t Easy Being Rich
It Ain’t Easy Getting Old
The Reason for Medicine LOVE is the Reason

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