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Remapping you mind: North American Aboriginal concepts of self and mind
Fri. 12 May 2017, 8:45 am – 4:30 pm ACST
The workshop we will explore how to incorporate “energy medicine” within a biomedical context into healing practice though indigenous inspired approaches.
During the exercises comprising this workshop we will learn to integrate an Indigenously-derived approach towards:
- Developing more accurate maps of our minds and better understanding of our selves
- Being more skilful in working with our many possible selves
- Living and working more harmoniously and in balance with our relatives and in relationships
- Becoming skillful in supporting others to live harmoniously with their own selves and in relationship with others
In the Lakota tradition our nagi is the swarm of all the stories that surround our bodies and make us who we are. We come to understand who we are by identifying and examining all those stories in our nagi. This is one way to map our minds - a map of stories and all those who have told them.
The Lokata tradition of the nagi is similar to how our nervous system creates circuits or connection between neurons (synapse). The more often we experience the stories the stronger the story becomes in shaping the responses, behaviour and actions we enact in the world.
Our brain creates models of our social relations from the stories and uses these models to run simula-tions of how a person will behave in relationship with oth-ers. We can use these concepts therapeutically in the sense of helping people become aware of the stories that are directing their lives (often they are not aware) and to make more conscious choices about the stories they want to enact in the world.
About the facilitator
Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, graduated from Stanford University School of Medicine and trained in family medicine, psychiatry, and clinical psychology. He completed his residencies in family medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He has been on the faculties of several medical schools, most recently as associate professor of family medicine at the University of New England. He continues to work with aboriginal communities to develop uniquely aboriginal styles of healing and health care for use in those communities.
Lewis Mehl-Madrona is interested in the relation of healing through dialogue in community and psychosis. He is the author of Coyote Medicine, Coyote Healing, and Coyote Wisdom, a trilogy of books on what Native culture has to offer the modern world. He has also written Narrative Medicine, Healing the Mind through the Power of Story: the Promise of Narrative Psychiatry, and, his most recent book with Barbara mainguy, Remapping Your Mind: the Neuroscience of Self-Transformation through Story.
Lewis currently teaches with the family medicine residency at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) in Bangor, where he does inpatient medicine, outpatient precepting, and obstetrics. He works in consultation-liaison psychiatry at EMMC and also at AcadiaHospital. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Coyote Institute for Studies of Change and Transformation.
Lewis has been studying traditional healing and healers since his early days and has written about their work and the process of healing. His primary focus has been upon Cherokee and Lakota traditions, though he has also explored other Plains Cultures and those of Northeastern North America. His goal is to bring the wisdom of indigenous peoples about healing back into mainstream medicine and to transform medicine and psychology through this wisdom coupled with more European derived narrative traditions. He has written scientific papers in these areas and continues to do research. He writes a weekly (almost) blog on health and mental health for www.futurehealth.org. His current interests center around psychosis and its treatment within community and with non-pharmacological means, narrative approaches to chronic pain and its use in primary care, and further developing healing paradigms within a narrative/indigenous framework.
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Sophia centre 225 Cross road, Cumberland Park, Adealide 5041 - A place of ecumenical feminist spirituality in Adelaide, South Australia
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