19 Inquiries

ReVisioning Medicine

1.   Seeks to create medicine and medical practices which do no harm to individuals, the community and the environment.

2.   Invites medical and mental health practitioners to become medicine people. Seeks to transform medical ways so physicians and therapists can relate to patients and communities in the respectful and intimate ways that medicine people serve their communities. 

3.   Asks medical and mental health people to remember their calling to be healers.

4.   Recognizes spirit and earth centered ways as fundamental to medical and mental health practices. Seeks to restore right relationship with the Earth as essential to all healing.

5.    Recognizes that extinction, climate change, and the escalating violence and increasing chaos in our social and political lives are causing grave mental and physical disease.  ReVisioning sees the necessity to explore, understand and attend the inter-relationship between individual, community and planetary pain, suffering and illnesses, acknowledges the intersections between individual, cultural and global healing.

6.   Calls for collaboration with and incorporation of indigenous and ancestral wisdom traditions, ceremonies and rituals into medical treatment.  Revisions standard physical and mental health healing practices and treatment for patients and practitioners to include solitude, meditation, time on the land, prayer, ritual, divination, ceremony, music, art, animals, the natural world as well as taking responsibility for one’s health and the health of the earth. 

7.   Restores the role of community as integral to healing. 

8.   Calls physicians and health practitioners to serve the community in the best ways that medicine persons served their tribes or indigenous communities, 

9.   Places the patient’s individual, ethical, moral and cultural wisdom at the center of the healing process.

10.  Recognize that individuals may carry an illness on behalf of family and community and that healing can be on behalf all beings.

11.  Explores, develops and teaches the fullest use of Story in diagnosis and treatment because it can be central to revealing the nature of the illness and the paths toward healing, is core to diagnosis and treatment and restores dignity to the physician – patient relationship. The way of Story recognizes the personal, historic, current, social, political, environmental, ethical, spiritual involvement in physical and mental illness and affliction. 

12.  Includes the conversation about death and dying in the healing process and accompanies the dying in skillful and spiritual ways. 

13   Takes the war mindset and language out of medical practice.

14.   Examines the increasing limitations and distortions imposed on medical practice by different aspects of corporate and institutional medicine, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and government? Alerts us to the harm created by Corporate, Big Pharma, Insurance and Government control of the medical system.  Explores ways to practice good medicine, offer primary care and survive in what has become an industry.  Explores ways to divest practitioners and patients from unnecessary or dangerous pharmaceuticals, criminal, torturous, violent treatments and harsh incarcerations.

15.  Bears witness to and confronts iatrogenesis as the third leading cause of death in this country and brings awareness to the cascading harm it creates in our communities? In addition, it also confronts the too common dangerous side-effects of and/or complications from conventional medical hospital treatments and medications.

16.   Challenges and replaces the colonial and imperial thinking which dominates health care and undermines cultural wisdom traditions. Confronts and protects us from western medicine’s authoritarian assumptions of the necessity to follow and yield to its practices.

17.  Faces the distortions of medical practice which impact practitioners from burnout to moral injury. Meets the overwhelm and disillusion that students, interns, residents often feel and the disappointment, disenchantment and deep concern that plagues so many physicians, psychiatrists and psychologists, too often leading to resigning from medical practice, drug addiction, even suicide.

Supports participants to speak openly, honestly and from the heart about the grief and vision carried about contemporary medical ways. Considers which practices could be rejected, changed, restored, which honored. 

18.  Encourages bringing ReVisioning understanding to medical training so that future physicians will not be  gravely undermined in their energy, health and soul.    

19.   Holds the essential questions of the nature of our calling as healing presences at this time in history.