Letters

Dear Editor:

Someone has just shown me your magazine with Primal Scream on the cover. You are truly divine; for it is by far the best representation of Primal Therapy in a magazine I have seen. Congratulations!

One quarrel. It is not the hypothalamus which shuts down Pain; it is the "hippocampus." There is much more about all this in an article I've written, not yet published, titled, "The Nature of Consciousness." I am enclosing one dollar for the March issue. Could you please send it to me. Also, I want very much to buy the cover drawing which is just marvelous and which is what should have been on the cover of The Primal Scream if my publisher had any artistic sense. Could Mr. Barela get in touch with me?

Thank you,
Arthur Janov
The Primal Institute
Los Angeles, Calif.

Dear Editor:

In so many ways I am delighted and pleased by the growth and content of And It Is Divine. However, I must make some strong comments about the article on health care attributed to me in your March issue.

This article was the result of a long interview between myself and one of your editors. I assumed that it would be published in interview form and would contain general impressions on health care and notions about alternative approaches. However, the interview format was broken and an editor took ideas and statements out of context and put them together in article form. Unfortunately, the resulting article has many misleading and incomplete statements. Also, it has a tone of criticism that was not intended. The article should have been given to me for approval but was not.

The article as a whole is probably satisfying to the average reader, but to a health professional, some of it is simplistic and unfair in its treatment of current medical practice. Indeed, it reads at times as an overstated, one-sided indictment or caricature of the difficulties of medical practice today.

This tone is unfortunate because in the interview I expressed many times an appreciation of the goodness of scientific medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of many problems. Moreover, there are good doctors who carefully consider their patients as whole persons and try to help.

My main intention in the interview was to make clear that much illness is caused and maintained due to psychological, emotional, social and spiritual difficulties, and that to effectively cure these difficulties, there must be a simultaneous treatment of physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of a person. My observations and experience are that current medical practices are overly concentrated on the physical symptoms of the patient and this tends to block rapid and vigorous treatment or prevention of the causes of the common psychosomatic ills of our day. There clearly arises a desire to quickly remove symptoms via drug treatment while not taking time to attend to underlying human problems. The problems lie not in the good doctor's intention, but in his lack of training and consciousness of psychological and spiritual law.

Many times overstated comments within the article do not express this: "But they (doctors) are never interested in or aware of what is going on in a person's mind." It is untrue that doctors are never interested or aware, however, many are not deeply or practically involved with the fears and thoughts of hospitalized patients. Iatrogenic illness (medically caused illness) is a subtle subject and an exerpted statement like the following does little to elucidate it: "Because medical science is an established part of that society (which caused illness) it does not unravel the problem of disease but virtually continues it." What this means is that a concentration on disease leads to just that; whereas ,a concentration on health will lead to that.

In putting together various statements on the spiritual aspects of medicine the article inappropriately stresses sensational things such as the bloodless surgery of the Phillipines. My interest is more in that deep inner knowledge of the mind and the soul that is the essential tool of a physician. Indeed, interactions which manifest love, wisdom, will, and faith between doctor and patient are universally healing beyond the techniques employed. My concern is with the spiritual developments of the doctor, not with exotic techniques.

The article did express well important ideas about promoting good health and educating people to take care of themselves. Thomas Edison said, "The doctor of the future will not use medicines, rather he will interest his patients in the case of the human frame and the prevention of illness."

Likewise, the editors correctly stressed the importance of doctors and health workers experiencing the immense joy and inner fulfillment of true selfless service in order to avoid getting caught up in profit, power, status or prestige. The interview had not intended to elaborate completely the philosophy or operational ideas of the Divine Health Care Services being started in New York. Perhaps in a future issue we can present fully the ideas of Divine Health Care Services.

It is so good to see a magazine offering insight into and practical solutions to the problems of our times. Such information offers the benefits of true spiritual insight and the love of life that comes with this Knowledge. However, in our enthusiasm we must not sacrifice accuracy.

Sincerely yours,
John A. Horton, M.D.
New York City, New York

To some readers of the March issue:

It may appear that the editor has gotten himself lost in that large vertical space in the middle of page 65, with the result that the right side does not know what the left side is saying. On the left we read "eat fruits and vegetables at separate meals, as they require completely different digestive processes." And on the right are recipes that call for a mixture of fruits and vegetables! So what are we to do?

Some digestive systems tolerate mixtures better than others, so perhaps you should do what you like, or what you can get away with. But here is a suggestion. Eat whole living foods. An apple grown on good soil is by itself a Divine combination of nutritional food factors. It is whole and it is perfect. Likewise a banana, a stalk of celery or any other living food. Each contains many subtle tastes that are blended together naturally, perfectly, by the Creator. Is it really necessary to cut these beautiful whole foods into fragments which we then combine in a mixture of our own design? Can we improve on nature's wholeness by putting together a hunk of this, a bit of that, and a dash of something else? Or is there an integrity in a piece of natural, living food that should be respected?

There are many degrees of physical health, and the degree that we manifest depends on the way we live. Each person must play his own role, and live in the way he is meant to live. If we are overly concerned with the longevity of this physical body, or how many push-ups it can do, or whether it had one cold or three last winter, we are missing the point of having the body in the first place. We know that we must have food to function properly. And to fulfill our higher function we need higher food. The Knowledge that Guru Maharaj Ji reveals to us is the highest, most potent food of all, and if we eat it as directed, by His Grace we become strong.

Brother Bill
442 1/2 Fourth Street
Encinitas, Calif.

Dear Editor:

Since reading your article "Primal Scream" I've been undergoing Primal Laugh Therapy. The Therapist, Guru Maharaj Ji, encourages us to pull the feeling up from the gut and connect with it. If my defenses are sufficiently weakened, I will be unable to hold back and the feeling erupts from my whole body in a wave of giggles, chuckles, or guffaws. Receiving Knowledge is a full body experience.

Love,
Rhoda Nelson
Denver, Colorado

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