What is SomaVeda® ?
Term first used in 1992: SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® is a system of sustainable, vitalistic therapeutics and counseling that integrates the art and science of both ancient and modern world wide indigenous traditions of healing. SomaVeda® is the system of natural therapeutics, designed and developed by Anthony B. James (Anthony James) offered by ONACS. Our “Core Modality” is based on Indigenous Thai Traditional Medicine (ITTM) theory and Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Therapy. We Develop training, certification and diploma programs in our core modality of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy. We believe SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy to be one of the most modern, practical and adaptable system of vital therapeutics uniquely derived from several different UN recognized Indigenous and traditional native medicine systems:
As Native American’s we believe in the integration and validity of all Indigenous, Traditional Natural Medicines as an integral part of our spiritual practice. We also believe that this integrative approach to healing and medicine is the most practical solution for disease appropriate for all people today.
- Native American Church/ Religious and Indigenous Traditional and/ or “Mother Earth” / Spirit and or Natural based Medicine (ONACS)
- Indigenous Thai Traditional Medicine (Traditional Thai Ayurveda)
- Classical Indian Ayurveda (India, Tibet, Burma, Sri-Lanka)
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
- Indonesian Yunani Medicine.
- Indigenous Filipino Hilot
- Indigenous Christian and or Monastic/ Pastoral Medicine (SMOKH)
Our core “hands on” (Chirothesia
) modality has a historical record of use in Thailand documented for over 2500 years. Our traditionally based system is directly and authentically chartered and recognized
as a continuation of the ancient Thai Yoga Reishi tradition (Jivaka/ Shivago Komarpai tradition). SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy, defined as the “Practical Expression of Loving Kindness” offers a unique and solid foundation in energetic, spiritual and physical modalities for promoting well being and long life. Thai Yoga historically originated from the Buddhist schools and disciplines of South East Asia. It’s principles and practices, although based on principles of vitalism, are common to all faiths, non-sectarian and non-dogmatic and suitable for practice by persons of any faith. We do not discriminate based on religious affiliation, race, blood quotient, gender or sexual preference. All are welcome.
The mission of SomaVeda® is to:
1) Promote healing, education and service.
2) Explore and practice integrative, non-invasive, vitalistic, holistic, natural therapeutics and healing modalities for the benefit of mankind.
3) Educate, train, certify and develop degree and diploma programs based on integrative approaches to traditional systems of healing and medicine from the ONACS perspective such as Thai Traditional Medicine, Ayurveda, SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Indigenous and/ or Native American Medicine, and or any healing modality from any tradition concurrent with our aims and beliefs.
4) Develop training, certification and diploma programs in ecclesiastical (spiritual based) and or Biblically based health and wellness solutions.
We refer to this as Indigenous Ministerial/ Pastoral/Clerical Science and Medicine (ICSM). ICSM is developed as a ministerial approach to health that incorporates indigenous, tribal, traditional and scripturally valid science with bible based natural law to assess, improve and restore good physical, mental and spiritual health. The focus of ICSM is not on disease and treatment of disease, but on analyzing the genesis of poor health and utilizing the natural law, inclusive of physical, mental and spiritual insights for health from scripture and traditions derived from indigenous clerical medicine to bring about healing.
ICSM is not intended to focus on disease or treatment of disease, and avoids any techniques and substances that would interfere with the natural order.
We believe that the majority of disease has spiritual roots and see our role as supporting a vital, functional life as nature (spirit) intended. ICSM includes but is not limited by the following: Ministerial/ Clerical/ Pastoral/ Medicine person or Elder practiced Therapeutics, Ministerial/ Clerical/ Pastoral/ Medicine person or Elder practiced Counseling, Ministerial/ Clerical/ Pastoral/ Medicine person or Elder practiced Clinical Natural Medicine or Ministerial/ Clerical/ Pastoral/ Medicine person or Elder practiced Traditional Naturopathy and or Nature Cure. The goal of these programs is to establish a basis for professional ICSM medical standards and licensing (Tribal Authorization), supporting the fullest scope of practice in spiritually based therapeutics for mind, body and spirit.
Spiritually based therapeutics include and are not limited to Nutritional Counseling, Clerical Physical and or Manual Therapy (Chirothesia), Psychological/ Emotional Therapy, Counseling for Mental Well Being, the use of traditional Native American and Indigenous ritual/ ceremony and sacrament for total well being (ONACS), Non-invasive standardized evaluation and assessment, Clia-Waived testing and assessment protocols, Multi-modality therapeutic approaches using any natural energies, ceremonies/ rituals/ meditations/ prayers/ Puja, sacraments or substances that spirit and nature have provided. Our healing sacrament and apothecary and or “Medicine Chest” is intended to heal those of the sick and the infirmed using natural agents and products such as foods, soups, herbs, teas, salts, oils, fats, and water; certain cures and tried traditional remedies; and supernatural agents including spiritual counseling, prayer, divination, worship, fasting, application of sacred waters, sacred salts, sacred foods; herbs, oils, and perfumes. Our goal is to restore the harmony of nature and man and spirit to oneness.
SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® is more than using a little of this and a little of that! Indigenous Traditional energetic based systems such as Classical Ayurveda, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), ITTM (Indegenous Thai Traditional Medicine), Homeopathy, Native American Medicine and Western Medicine arts and sciences such as Allopathy, Osteopathy Psychology etc. have long been portrayed as being completely at opposition with one another. This has been basically true to the present time. However, it is now possible for us forward thinking individuals to beat our swords we have been using to denigrate and compete with each other into the plowshares which will create the optimum environment for many types of healing experience for our clients.
As we move away from a place where the definition of wellness and health is the “absence of disease”, we will explore a model which portrays the human patient as a complete whole. Body, Mind, Spirit and Nature cannot be taken or considered as separate unrelated parts of us.We separate them only as mental exercise, for in reality they are one. They are variations in perspective more or less evident as one looks at a person from different angles of viewpoint and prejudice. Their functions and existence overlap and are interdependent, synergistic and sympathetic to a degree such as we only begin to suspect.
The body, the mind, the spirit and nature working together create the instrument by which our very soul is manifest and able to interact and to communicate with the material word and the universe of which we are a part. In oriental medicine humans are described as being “conduits” between the twin powers of the Celestial influences and energies of Heaven and the terrestrial influences and energies of the Earth. We say simply as between Father Sky and Mother Earth. We are how the Heavens feel wet grass between the toes and how the earth sees the stars.
Native Americans simply say “Mitakoe Oyasin” (Lakota), “we are all relatives”. This infers we living constituents in a living cosmology of all life and related to all life in some way directly.
SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® such as SomaVeda ® Thai Yoga are the authorized indigenous and traditional medicine systems adopted and incorporated into ICSM and Tribal primary care by the Native American Indigenous Church. ICSM is completely legal to be practiced between ONACS members and by authorized healers in all 50 states of the US. Our ONACS SomaVeda® healing practices and therapies are protected as both Native American religious and spiritually based ministerial/ pastoral/ clerical medicine. (See About ONACS and Legal Compliance)
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