Meet Our Romio!
"Among the many messages that I hope to convey in my work, one of the most important is to encourage all human beings to believe in themselves and in their power to awaken the divine in all that they meet. Only then can the vision of one's true potential fully emerge."
- Romio Shrestha
This week, The Heart Beet reports on The Tibetan Art of Healing. Mary Kent meets her Romio and uncovers yet another treasure from Tibet.
From meditations and mantras to Buddhism and Nirvana, Tibet never ceases to enlighten us with its spiritual impermanence. Despite being exiled by the Chinese, Tibetans have miraculously retained their ancient wisdom, while simultaneously transcending their powerful message to the West. Funny how karma works! With a smiling Dalai Lama spreading non-violence, love, and compassion, could it be that Tibetan ancient knowledge known to heal the mind can also be used to heal the body? We say yes! Even though Tibetan medicine has been practiced for more than 2600 years as a holistic approach to curing arthritis, ulcers, chronic digestive problems, asthma, lung problems, hepatitis, eczema, liver problems, sinus problems, anxiety, and even some cancers, only now it is gaining the international praise it clearly deserves. Luckily, NBC's Dateline covered Dr. Yeshe Dhonden, doctor to His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and his use of Tibetan herbs to treat stage 4 Breast Cancer patients. Click here for the incredible story.
Also, it is thanks to people like Romio Shrestha that Tibetan medicine will never be exiled. The Tibetan Art of Healing features paintings by Romio, Nepal's leading thangka artist, that reinterprete the historic medical Tantras. The Tantras, meaning lineage, are the basis of the Tibetan medical system and are made up of four medical teachings taught by the Buddha, which cover the topics of physiology, pathology, diagnosis, and cure. These complex teachings of Tibetan medicine originated in the 17th century in a series of paintings that became not only a source of teaching, but also one of healing. Doctors, healers and even patients were able to understand the healing process of the body by observing these medical interpretations.
What's so enlightening about Tibetan medicine is that it is based upon Buddhist principles aimed to create a harmonious balance between mind, body, and spirit. Using analysis of pulse, urine, and diet, as well as the observation of tongue, skin, and ears, the Tibetan physician will prescribe herbs and sometimes even a mantra to be repeated every day as a source of spiritual healing. Unlike Western doctors, Tibetan physicians go one step further to help patients get to the source of the illness through awareness and understanding of obstacles, behaviors, and thoughts. Now, that's what we call unBEETable!
It's time to enlighten up! Don't miss a Beet. Stay tuned for next week.
PS. Romio is sporting Celestial Gallery and wearing Tibetan prayer beads made by himself and cashmere scarf from Nepal.
PPS. Check out Connie Dieken, president and founder of onPoint Communication, on Ladies Who Launch.
Copyright 2006 The Weekly Beet