“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
Imagine if you will, Dr Spock landing on earth for the first time and trying to convince people it really is possible to transport themselves to a spaceship by disassembling their molecules and then re-assembling them several seconds later in space. Most people would call him crazy and say it was impossible. Most people would think this type of thinking was in the realm of science fiction. And the reason they would do this is because this possibility is so far from their current level of reality, and they have not yet personally experienced such a phenomenon themselves, that they literally cannot comprehend or entertain even the idea of the possibility of it being true.
This was a bit how I felt at the New Zealand Healthcare Congress in Auckland this week.
The main theme of the congress was ‘Technology enabled Healthcare’ and how the health requirements of New Zealanders can be served via newly emerging technologies. As a business which relies heavily on technology, with all healthcare solutions I provide being done so remotely and online, I was curious to see what I could learn by attending.
A second core topic under discussion was the government’s newly published ‘New Zealand Health Strategy 2016-26′, and how we in New Zealand want to see our healthcare system progressing over this period to meet the needs of its citizens.
Technological Change and Yet Not Enough Change?
It is quite clear that over the past 50 years, and especially in the last 10, our world has irrevocably changed as a result of technological progress.
Personally speaking, my business has significantly transformed in the last 10 years as a direct result of these technological advancements: all client consultations are now conducted remotely online to and from anywhere in the world, and many clients are learning how to take care of their health through remote self-help 24/7 online programs. These healthcare delivery options were not even in my consciousness 10 years ago when I only saw clients face-to-face in clinic, and I had never even dreamt of the idea of delivering online healthcare 10 years ago in 2006.
These significant advancements are also affecting the overall health system in New Zealand, and indeed the entire world, and they have the potential to radically transform healthcare in an enormously positive way.
But there is another factor which needs to change alongside these technological advancements if we are to truly harvest the rewards of technological progress, and that is a change inside the human consciousness that is creating and delivering the solutions. And specifically what needs to change is the understanding of what either creates or dis-creates health or illness at a fundamental level.
If we have brand spanking-new technology, but are delivering the same, albeit-improved, healthcare solutions via this technology, without also upgrading our understanding of the root cause of the problem (ie the real cause of disease, understanding the laws of health etc), then in effect not much, or not enough, will change as an end-result for the end-user (client/patient), or the system, or world, as a whole.
In other words, even if we have whizz-bang online patient portals which significantly reduce the likelihood of error in record-keeping, and where healthcare providers and patients can instantaneously access health records, or Watson-like machines which can remember and sift through a gazillion terrabites of data in seconds to draw a diagnostic conclusion, or sci-fi like body scanners which can assess the physiological status of a patient without internal examination (which are all phenomenal feats and advancements in themselves)… if the same solutions are being delivered to patients from the same old thinking (for example, illness is either random or genetic, and the overriding solution is medication or surgery) then our health system will fundamentally not change, and the financial burden which is currently weighing the country down will continue to increase.*1
A New Paradigm of Healthcare
You may have heard the story of a ship appearing off shore on the horizon and the inhabitants on land could not see the ship?
In the film ‘What the Bleep do we know?’ Dr Candice Pert describes how “When the tall European ships first approached the early Native Americans, it was such an ‘impossible’ vision in their reality that their highly filtered perceptions couldn’t register what was happening, and they literally failed to ‘see’ the ships.”
Apparently also “South Americans could see the boats that the explorers landed in, but not the ships anchored offshore. Their shaman stared out to sea and by imagining what he was looking for, was finally able to make out the ships. He was then able to point them out to others, until at last everyone could see the ships. The shaman could do this because he alone was open to the possibilities of strange things from other worlds”.
The story actually traces back to Captain Cook and his landing in Australia in April 1770. When Cook arrived off Australia, his ship drew no reaction. According to the historian Robert Hughes: “It was the largest artefact ever seen on the East Coast of Australia, an object so huge, complex and unfamiliar as to defy the natives’ understanding.” *2
This was how I felt many of my ideas and suggestions were received at the Healthcare Congress this week!
When I stood up and shared how it is already possible to identify the real root cause of symptoms and many health conditions, and how it is already possible to recover from many chronic and debilitating health conditions without medication or surgery, it was as though I was Dr Spock trying to explain the unimaginable or impossible. Because for the people listening to what I was saying, this was (is) how it was for them in their minds. It is currently unimaginable for them.
Interestingly enough one doctor stood up and shared how only 40% of patient visits to a doctor to find the cause of their symptoms, result in an actual diagnosis, (ie, a doctor is often only able to diagnose a specific health condition 40% of the time). He also shared that only in 5% of cases were the real cause of the illness or symptoms determined. Which means that 95% of the time, doctors are unable to explain to a patient why they are ill.
As I sat there and listened to this, I recognised a startling fact: what I, and my colleagues who work in a similar fashion, are doing is the other 95%! We fill that gap! Imagine how phenomenal it would be if we could come together and pool our information and resources? What difference would that make to the healthcare system? It would transform beyond recognition, and the quality of life for our society would be significantly improved.
But the stumbling block, as I so clearly experienced during the congress, is that this leap forward will require an openness and willingness from the currently prevading healthcare system, (which it appears to me primarily focuses on addressing symptoms with medication or surgery), to listen to this new information from people like myself and my colleagues who have a radically different, and dare I say it ‘evolved’, understanding of what it takes to get ill, (and get well).
Despite the fact that scientists such as Dr Bruce Lipton, (who has for some time now proven that genetic expression is a product of the environment, and genes are therefore not set in stone and unchangeable), old ways of thinking are still running the show. And these old ways of thinking are developing and running the new technology, which is and will severely limit overall and long-term progress.
Despite the fact a pie chart in one of the congress presentations** clearly showed that 60% of factors influencing health correlate with behaviour, lifestyle, social and environment, (as opposed to 10% healthcare [presumably via the current prevailing medical model] and 30% genetics [which we now know has been surpassed by epigenetics]), medication and surgery are still apparently (according to most delegates at this conference anyway) considered the primary solution for most illnesses.
Despite the reality that it has in recent times been openly admitted as a fact, (a fact which was openly noted during the conference), that over 50% of most published research findings are false, mainstream medical practitioners still will not respect many of the proven, effective solutions which have already helped hundreds of thousands of people to transform their lives and which are offered by non-medical healthcare providers, unless they have double-blind randomised clinical trials for these therapies.
So it seems to me something still needs to change!
The last session of the congress was a collaborative exercise where we came together in small groups to share and discuss how we would like to see the healthcare system in 2021, 5 years from now, which is half way through the 2016-2026 plan.
As I sat and shared my desire of seeing clients educated in what creates illness, and educated in how to bring themselves back to health without medication and prevent further illness (which I am already offering right now, but would like to see happen on a bigger scale), my suggestions were met with disbelief, even with disdain by some. One lady turned to me and categorically stated she did not want to take responsibility for her health, and that she wanted a doctor to do that.
At first I was shocked. It is so long since I have not felt that I am the main person responsible for my health that I had forgotten that I too, 30 years ago, used to think the same way. Back then, before I went through a significant transformation in consciousness as a result of my own 20 year journey of chronic illness, I only thought of going to a doctor to get medication or have surgery, as an answer to whatever ailment I may have had. This was how the first 28 years of my life were spent, but that all changed, and now I have a radically different understanding of health, which is by the way constantly evolving.
I sat and pondered as the group continued to discuss our brain-stormed ideas, and realized that this lady was interpreting my ideas through her present reality of what it means ‘to take care of oneself’. Her idea of self care is radically different to mine, although she does not see that. For example her idea of self care may mean she chooses the dosage of her medication or what medication to take (which obviously needs to be done by someone qualified to do so), where as mine is how to learn and follow the laws of health to recover from illness and prevent reoccurrence of symptoms. So I realised she had a valid point, but given the fact we were allocated a grand total of 5 minutes to discuss everyone’s ideas, it was impossible to elucidate further at the time.
The groups were then called to gather around a whiteboard to share their findings as a collective. By this time my idea had been completely discarded, (along with other people’s ideas because we could only choose one for the main group discussion), the group favouring to focus on an effective patient portal for dissemination and accessing of patient records (which in itself is a great idea). Other suggestions from other groups were also being put forward. So I decided to stand back and observe the process of the discussion.
It became quite clear to me, that despite the validity of the ideas being proposed, which undoubtedly will make a positive difference for the healthcare system when enacted, they were still being proposed from the same level of consciousness that created the old (current) system. And as Einstein famously quoted “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
And here I was offering an idea from outside and beyond the consciousness that has created the current system, and no-one could take it on board, because they were not yet ready to hear it. The fact that I was, as far as I know, the only natural healthcare practitioner in the room, (which just classifies me as a healthcare practitioner without a medical degree but does not mean I do not have significant professional training), just goes to show what a minority natural healthcare practitioners are still considered to be, and how insignificant our ideas our regarded in the overall context of the current prevailing healthcare system).
Funnily enough, before the group collaboration began, we were given instructions on how to do the group brainstorming exercise, and were specifically told by the convener “You cannot change a problem from the same level of consciousness that created it”. And yet here we were as a group, envisaging the future, doing exactly that!
In his presentation just one hour earlier, Dr Dr Jens Mueller (and yes, that is meant to be ‘Dr’ x 2), Dr Mueller spoke on the topic of ‘what is innovation’? He postulated that innovation is ‘the reality of no things, and that imagination clears all physical hurdles, and that innovation is making true what does not exist’. He suggested in no uncertain terms that in order to change and create something better than what we already have, we must ‘focus on what does not exist’.
The amusing thing about this is, much of our healthcare system cannot even see what already does exist as a reality, (although not in their reality), never mind something which has not yet come into existence!
So you can see why our healthcare system is in trouble! Many of the solutions ARE already here (and there are more to come) but until people are ready to hear them they will remain invisible, just like the ship on the horizon.
An Individual Viewpoint
This made me think, after I returned home ‘so what is it that needs to happen for the current healthcare system to understand this new potential, this new paradigm in healthcare, which for some of us is already here, but for most still currently sounds like science fiction?
And I asked myself, ‘what is it, on an individual level, rather than societal level, that enables the clients that come to me for these solutions, who are ready to understand and take advantage of this new reality , that enables them to self-heal from conditions considered incomprehensible by many doctors’? *3
And this is the conclusion I came to:
Usually, by the time clients come to see me, they have already tried several, if not many other therapies, including traditional doctors and natural health therapists. But no-one has up until now been able to explain the fundamental cause of their symptoms, and therefore offer them a working-solution. Usually up until now they have either been offered something to dull or mask the pain (eg medication or surgery) or something to change the situation in an external way (even though it may also be taken internally, eg, supplements).
Before I go on, let me say I am not saying that these solutions are not either useful or necessary. I am just saying they are not the whole picture.
But here’s the important point relevant to the idea of quantum leaps in evolution:
By the time clients come to me, they are often at the end of their tether, and their life is severely disrupted. They are exhausted, in pain, and the symptoms are constant and ongoing. Some may be so ill they have had to stop work, while others may still be working but barely able to do so. Mentally and emotionally this brings overwhelm and even feelings of ‘how can I make it another day?’
The result of this wearing-down, metaphorically, and for some literally, brings them to their knees and to a place of “I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get well, if someone will just tell me what that is“. In other words, we reach a place of DESPERATION where we are willing to SURRENDER our current mindset and beliefs around what will and will not work, and are OPEN to new possibilities.
That is, we reach a CRISIS POINT where something has to break down in order to build something new, and that ‘something’ is our consciousness and viewpoint on health. We are willing to LET GO OF THE OLD and OPEN (OUR MIND) TO THE NEW. And then we are willing (in the case of clients who work with me) TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY.
This is very much what happened for me personally on my 20 year journey to find health. After trying over 140 different therapies over a period of 5 years, and experiencing little to no change in my chronic fatigue symptoms, I got to a point of surrender, and that was my turning point. But even before that, I had an initial turning point when I decided I was willing to do whatever it took to get better, no matter the cost. A recent 88 year old client, herself having suffered over 55 years of chronic fatigue and depression, and who got well within 6 months following one of my online Mickel Therapy programs, said the same thing when I spoke with her after her recovery: in her words “I decided I was willing to do anything, I simply was not going to spend my remaining few years feeling this ill”.
Openness and Willingness to Change
So one of the essential keys to change is an openness and willingness to see and do things differently. This requires courage and a certain level of what seems like risk, because for most of us we have not done this, or been here before. This is new territory!
Another factor which can influence people’s urge to change is when we hear startling stories of medical misadventure such as shared by Jake Bailey at the gala dinner during the congress. Whilst Jake emphasised many times during his speech that his life had literally been saved by all the carers, medication and technology at the hospital, and that he is eternally grateful to the staff whom he now regards as friends, there could not have been one person in the room that evening who was not moved by how much (potentially unnecessary) pain he endured as a result of poor communication between medical departments and certain other factors. The point here is, no one likes to suffer, and more than that, no enjoys watching other people suffering, (unless of course you are a masochist, which fortunately most people in the health industry are not), and when we do hear such stories (as we did that night) our heart opens up and we just want to do whatever it takes to make things better. In his case this means improving treatment protocol and guidelines (and likely more than this), and his story which is now being spread around the world will hopefully go a long way to improving standards of healthcare.
As we were being briefed for our exercise, the convener reminded us how the human brain is not wired for change and humans resist new things. (Actually the brain IS wired for change is as has been proven by recent research in neuro-plasticity, but that is another blog!) It is a fact that in certain ways our brain (specifically the brain stem, amygdalla etc) does not like change because it sees it as a threat to physical survival, but we must learn to go beyond this fear if we are to progress our understanding of and results in health. We must learn to use our neo-cortex! We must be willing to embrace new paradigms and understandings of healthcare if we want the quality of life of patients to look positively different in 10 years time. As the saying goes “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”.
Another way of putting it is ‘we don’t know what we don’t know, we are unaware of what it is we are unaware of’. Unfortunately the lady who told me she doesn’t want to take responsibility for her health does not yet know that she can, and that actually it is significantly more empowering, and potentially for her more satisfying to do so. And unfortunately, with all due respect, much of the medical training in our society is still based on models which are already or quickly becoming obsolete, and yet the system is being run to a large extent by these models.
Evolution is a Fact
It is a fact that everything evolves and changes. This is quite clearly seen in the technology of today. If you look at how a television or aeroplane has advanced since the 1950’s, it is staggering! Most people simply cannot imagine what their digital devices will look like in 20 years from now (although there are scientists at work on this right now!)
It seems to me that advances in human consciousness, and specifically in relation to advances in understandings in health, are lagging behind for the majority of the population, and even for many healthcare providers.
New theories and solutions are already here, as demonstrated in newly emerging healthcare modalities such as TKM (The Knight Method) Moativational Medicine™, The Emotion Code, Advanced Clearing Energetics, EFT, NES Health, Meta Health and more. But even though more and more people are turning outside the traditional medical system for answers, simply because that system is not able to meet their needs, change is slow. As MP Simon O’Connor said during his congress speech, “The Ministry of Health is like a supertanker: it takes a long time to turn around, but it will eventually turn”.
I was given some hope as I listened to Simon O’Connor’s address, when he said how the New Zealand Health Select Committee really DO want to hear the public and the health industry’s ideas for change for healthcare, and DO want us to approach them with our ideas. In his words “Skype with us, make an appointment, take the opportunity to get in front of us, send a submission. Find a local MP, tell them what you are doing, and make sure you personalise your communication!”. I for one will certainly be doing so, look out minister!
Service above Self
I was also inspired by Director General Chai Chuah’s speech, for several reasons. Not only did he share his personal health challenges and let us in on his ideal 2021 day, he also said three words which caught my attention: SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
Yes indeed! This is what is needed if we are to truly revolutionise the healthcare system. We must go beyond our individual likes and dislikes, beyond our personal preferences and beliefs, beyond our current limitations, to hear and understand the truth.
As I sat there at the end of the conference one thing became quite clear to me: the current prevailing medical system has some of the answers, and new healthcare practitioners such as myself, despite not having the words ‘dr’ in front of our names, have answers too. We need to pool our resources, knowledge and wisdom if we wish to successfully move forward for the benefit of patients, society – and the gross national debt!
My challenge right now is in learning how to communicate my understanding of health to those who have not yet come across the information and strategies I am privileged (through a dam lot of hard work might I say) to now know.
Whilst I am often told by my clients that I explain things very clearly and succinctly so that things ‘just make sense‘ and in fact are ‘just common sense‘ (although unfortunately not yet so common), it’s hard (even impossible) to do this for people until they are ready to hear the information. In other words, for most people, they had to get to that place of breakdown and be desperate enough to be willing enough to hear and do something new, because the old clearly was not working for them and their quality of life had become intolerable. They are ready for change, and specifically their consciousness is ready for something new.
Unfortunately it seems our current prevailing healthcare system has not yet reached that tipping or turning point. During his presentation on ‘Private Funding in MoH (Ministry of Health) Strategy, Roger Styles, CEO Health Funds Association NZ, clearly stated that the public system / government cannot sustain the current and projected increase in healthcare funding, which is why the MoH is now considering private funding.
My question is, what will it take for the system to recognise there are already, right now, answers which could significantly reduce the costs of healthcare AND bring greater quality of life to our population? I hope for one it is not a total crisis!
So I will leave you with a quote by a brilliant and forward-thinking scientist and philosopher of our age, Buckminster Fuller, whose granddaughter I was privileged to have met some years ago:
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
R Buckminster Fuller
For more information about Kim’s healthcare services see KimKnightHealth.com
*1 A startling fact I was reminded of at the conference is that New Zealands’ healthcare bill is the highest single item of government spending, and our country has the highest healthcare spend of all OECD countries: and that 22% of tax revenue is used on the public healthcare system, and this amount is projected to increase to 31% by 2060, which from the government’s standpoint is quite literally an unsustainable increase.
*2 Excerpt from my blog ‘Perceptual Blindness – a barrier to healing’? written in 2011.
** ‘Precision Healthcare’ presentation by Ian McCrae, CEO, Orion Health
*3 Primarily I help people with chronic fatigue, ME, post viral fatigue, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel, insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, and any obscure pain or symptoms which seem to have no cause