IONS President Marilyn Mandala Schlitz offers historical context and future plans for this research focus on the nature of healing, which integrates ancient wisdom. Schlitz discusses the Consciousness and Healing book's integral approach to mind-body medicine and its impact on the mainstream.
Jeanne Achterberg shares her broad understanding of medicine as anything that helps or heals, and describes the parallels between the process of helping people in crises and spiritual practice. She explains how medicine is a spiritual practice that creates healing through profound relationship bonds at five levels: the transpersonal bond, soul connection, touch, community, and love. Sustaining the belief that authentic connection between humans generates healing light and energy, Achterberg honors heart wisdom, science, and the mysterious integration of mind, body, and spirit.