Archive | August 21, 2012

Do You Have the Energy for Growth!

Do You Have the Energy for Growth!


By Hwaa Irfan

If you have been busy spending time reflecting, taking time out to  see what you really need out of this crazy world, you might have come to realize that a while back, you went way off course. You dont know how it happened, but you just forgot yourself. You got caught up in that tidal rush towards achieving ‘things’, wanting ‘things’, getting that sense of security that puts you in control. Now you find yourself having to make a greater push than before, to maintain, what in fact is draining your life force. You keep trying, but something always happens to pull you back, and to be frank, its not in you to do it anymore.

What is happening in the world around you does not help either but that is becuase it has reached a momentum that in real terms can not be maintained becuase it goes against the natural order of things that keeps all life in balance.

Physis is an ancient Greek word that means ‘natural growth’; ‘physiotherapy,’ ‘physical’ are words that derives from the root word physis.  All this time one has been losing momentum, is a natural reaction to going against one;s own nature instead of working with one’s own nature.  Sometimes that becomes a little bit difficult to define, because we lost the true sense of ourselves along the way. Physis has other meanings medically speaking, but in terms of its original Greek meaning, physis means the natural energy for growth, change and development that resides in all living things.

One will find the use of the concept of  physis today in specialized centers in Scotland, and in the modern day practice of the traditions of Prophet Muhammad, known as Tibb an Nabawi, and Unani Medicine in centers like the Ibn Sina Institute of Tibb in South Africa.

The most famous book written by Abu ‘Ali Al-Husayn Ibn ‘Abdallah Ibn Sina or Avicenna has he is known in the West is the immense encyclopedia of medicine, Al-Qanun fi al-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine). It surveyed the entire realm of medical knowledge available, at that time, from ancient and Islamic sources. It remained supreme for six centuries. Al-Qanun described 760 drugs and became the most authentic medical material of the era, and was translated into Latin by Gerard Cremona in the 12th century becoming the main textbook in European medical schools. During the last 30 years in the 15th century, it was reissued 16 times with 15 editions in Latin and one in Hebrew, and it was reissued more than 20 times during the 16th century. From the 12th century until the 17th century, Al-Qanun served as the chief guide for medical science in the West.

Working with the natural propensity for growth change, and development the basis of Unani Tibb, which is one of the traditional medicine systems in India.  In Unani Tibb, the role physis plays is described as

  • the body’s innate power for self-healing. The prime objective of Unani-Tibb therapy is to support Physis, initially by lifestyle changes; then  by the rational use of natural and herbal medications; and finally by the  rational application of specific therapies.

If we have been living the kind of lifestyle that goes against our natural propensity for growth, when we need to call on that which is naturally within us, we might find that imeptus, that growth, that paradigm shift we need to make is just not willing having been exhausted by our lifestyle choices. To learn more about what that means, listen to the following, but note, that the concept permeates all forms of natural therapies, or therapies that work with and not against the natural forces within the body. As such, the concepts have been applied within integrative medicine.


“Unani Tibb Medicine.”

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U.S. Erosion of the Civil Rights of Women

U.S. Erosion of the Civil Rights of Women

From A.N.S.W.E.R


Congressman Todd Akin should be forced to resign from office. His vicious attack against rape victims is an attack against every woman.

Attacking abortion rights, even for rape victims, the Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri proclaimed on national television that pregnancy is “really, really” rare in cases of “legitimate rape.” This misogynist and vicious characterization denying the reality of horrific sexual assault makes clear that Cong. Akin should not be allowed to remain in office casting votes that affect women’s lives. He is unfit for public office.

The suggestion that women who become pregnant from being raped do not qualify as having experienced “legitimate rape” is a blatant example of the victim-blaming mentality that helps perpetuate violence against women.

The overt insinuation that rape victims who become pregnant were not the victims of rape at all—and, as a consequence, should have no abortion rights—is a vicious two-for-one attack on victims of sexual violence and women’s right to choose.

The baseless, blatantly unscientific, and anachronistic character of Akin’s remarks merits no discussion. A 1996 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology cited by women’s issues website Jezebel indicates that 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.

What is truly alarming is that this brand of extreme anti-women rhetoric, with the likes of Akin and Rush Limbaugh leading the charge, has become an all-too-common part of mainstream political discourse.

The time has come to end these vicious attacks on women’s rights and dignity which are a hallmark of the right wing’s war against women. This is a call to action. It’s time to fight back.

As part of an electoral maneuver, Democrats opportunistically spent over $1.5 million to help Akin win the Republican Senate primary in Missouri. The Democratic Party leadership is offering no real fight-back alternative for women. The White House, facing Republican opposition, dropped a 2009 provision for family planning. The White House made the unprecedented step of overruling the FDA in 2011 in order to keep Plan B out of the reach of women under 18. And legislative initiatives are eroding women’s rights in state after state.

Sign the petition: Demand that Rep. Akin resign now!

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Traveling Helps the Brain Connect!

Traveling Helps the Brain Connect!

By Hwaa Irfan

There are any reasons why one stops asking questions, stop learning, stop growing and succumb to the limits of one’s environment. Sometimes it all happens before we even realize it, and with it goes the tools we need to rise above circumstances – the kind of circumstances that appear to be the defining moment in one’s life that says “this is it”! One by one, we move into a state of denial, mixed emotions, defensiveness and aggression. We tribalize, nationalize aspects of our lives, which is removed from the fact that in the distant past we cultures cross fertilized much in the past than now. Now we just become frightened to look in the mirror in case it reflect something that we would never allow to enter our field of perception, and by shutting out, we can never benefit from the positive stimuli that enters our field offering a paradigm shift, and hence fresh opportunities for growth. Instead we slowly become acclimatized to a dying culture which Robert A. Heinlein described as exhibiting…

“…personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot…”

We fool ourselves into beleiving that it does not matter to us, but deep down we are gasping for air, but for as long as we silence our subconscious, we continue to ‘tell’ ourselves we are getting air when in fact the ‘tribal laws’ of our respective communities discourages thinking outside the group, and any form of independent thinking assuming that you want to remain a part of the group because the group itself needs numbers to sustain its reality, and the same amount of effort that is used to keep the group is the sa amount of effort applied to keep the ‘others’ outside of the group. In some cases, members of the ‘others’ will be allowed into the group serving a purpose long enough to make them no longer welcome, and in a state of denial will utilize what they have learnt for the survival of the group. A member of the group may be allowed to leave temporarily to travel, but many when they travel return the same as when they left because their minds and hearts ahve been limited to only beign receptive to what reinforces their perceptions.

There are some curious findings around the lives of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, particularl an estbalished fact that sufferers tend to be people whose earlier lives, altthough successful in many cases by todays standards, are people who have led lives limited by their educational acheivements, thus career path, and lifestyle meaning that they learnt nothing new that was different. It is also an established fact that new experiences, especially new physical skills triggers growth in the nervous system i.e. growth in nerves. Author on many books on Alzheimers, Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, in his new research has found that traveling too helps to build new neural pathways under the ‘The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program.’

As open travellers on the road we learn to navigate our way through unfamiliar surroundings, experience different ways of living, of looking at the world, of priorities and of understanding. Each new experience that we are open to when we travel adds another dimension to our self perception, capabilities, and hence e perception and capabilities of others. If we are open we learn to make our lives more meaningful. When we take a physical journey to a place we have never been to be before, when we return, we return able to make new friends operating at a higher level of existence, or to help our group by example – a paradigm shift!


Coy, K. “Benefits of Traveling: Seeing New Things Creates Vital Neural Pathways, Builds the Brain.”

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