Title

Spirit, Action and Health: Traditional Relationship

Start Time

15-11-2002 10:30 AM

End Time

15-11-2002 11:45 AM

Abstract

The intention of this research is to provide historically and currently relevant information and views of the relationship of spirit, action and health from traditional, indigenous perspectives. It is based in the Welsh, Celtic and European traditions of the author's ancestry and includes and honors perspectives from diverse traditions. The traditional relationship of spirit, action and health is explored in three ways: examination of British and European archaeological information from the later paleolithic era to the iron age, exploration of medieval written materials and stories, and interviews with individuals who are currently involved in practice of their ancestral traditions. People's actions, their occupations, have been informed by their spirituality and tradition and have influenced their health and well-being since paleolithic times in Europe. Although specific healing practices may not always be known, the relationships that comprise well being are evident in the cave paintings, the sculpture, the stones and the burial chambers throughout Old Europe. The Celtic relationship with nature continues many of these ways of knowing and being. The stories of the Welsh manuscripts in the Mabinogion carry on these traditions. These ways of knowing and understanding the world live today in the practices of people working through their ancestral traditions. This particular presentation will focus in particular on the small, qualitative study involving nine individuals who discussed how their ancestral traditions, informed by spirituality, influence their practice, their occupations. Some of the important themes brought forward in this research are: the spiritual nature of humans and healing, the importance of relationship with the land and nature, the importance of community and the relationship of creativity and healing. The results of this study suggest that understanding the traditional knowledge of our ancestors can inform and enrich our understanding and practice of health and occupation today.

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Spirit, Action and Health: Traditional Relationship

The intention of this research is to provide historically and currently relevant information and views of the relationship of spirit, action and health from traditional, indigenous perspectives. It is based in the Welsh, Celtic and European traditions of the author's ancestry and includes and honors perspectives from diverse traditions. The traditional relationship of spirit, action and health is explored in three ways: examination of British and European archaeological information from the later paleolithic era to the iron age, exploration of medieval written materials and stories, and interviews with individuals who are currently involved in practice of their ancestral traditions. People's actions, their occupations, have been informed by their spirituality and tradition and have influenced their health and well-being since paleolithic times in Europe. Although specific healing practices may not always be known, the relationships that comprise well being are evident in the cave paintings, the sculpture, the stones and the burial chambers throughout Old Europe. The Celtic relationship with nature continues many of these ways of knowing and being. The stories of the Welsh manuscripts in the Mabinogion carry on these traditions. These ways of knowing and understanding the world live today in the practices of people working through their ancestral traditions. This particular presentation will focus in particular on the small, qualitative study involving nine individuals who discussed how their ancestral traditions, informed by spirituality, influence their practice, their occupations. Some of the important themes brought forward in this research are: the spiritual nature of humans and healing, the importance of relationship with the land and nature, the importance of community and the relationship of creativity and healing. The results of this study suggest that understanding the traditional knowledge of our ancestors can inform and enrich our understanding and practice of health and occupation today.