What is SomaVeda®?
The term first used in 1992: SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapie® is a sustainable, vitalistic therapeutics and counseling system that integrates the art and science of ancient and modern worldwide indigenous healing traditions.
SomaVeda® provides freedom to explore and participate, be the person you want to be, and live without the limitations that keep you from doing so.
SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day Healing Program:
The core practice of NAIC: IHSM (Indigenous (clerical/ pastoral/ ministerial) Healthcare, Healing Science and Medicine) is the SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day Healing and Balancing program.
This prayerful and thoughtful religious therapeutic and meditation attunes powerful energies and petitions the sacred and symbolic metaphors of spiritual process and role models that provide the basis for all further communication and expression of Promiiwihan Sii (Love, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity).
Traditional Thai Yoga: Indigenous Traditional Thai Yoga (also known as Indigenous Traditional Thai Massage: “Thai Massage: slang”), including individual styles such as “SomaVeda® Thai Yoga,” are traditional indigenous systems of movement education, dancing meditation and therapy, movement re-patterning, All of the applications of conventional Puja, Asana, Flows, Techniques, Prana Yama, Meditations and movements are speciﬁcally intended to affect the Spirit, Mind, and Body, emotions and human energy ﬁeld in one way or another.
SomaVeda® is a natural therapeutics system designed and developed by Anthony B. James and offered by the NAIC Tribal Organization. Our “Core Modality” is based on Indigenous Thai Traditional Medicine (ITTM = Native American and Traditional Indigenous Natural Medicine, Classical Thai, Indian Ayurveda theory, and Yoga Therapy). We Develop training, certification, and diploma programs in our core modality of SomaVeda® Indigenous Thai Yoga Therapy. We believe SomaVeda® Indigenous Thai Yoga Therapy to be one of the most modern, practical, and adaptable systems of vital therapeutics uniquely derived from several different UN-recognized Indigenous and traditional native medicine systems:
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SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies® / SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy, and Traditional Indigenous Medicine have been formally adopted as traditional Medicine Practices by the NAIC to be offered exclusively by and between NAIC Tribal Org. members and ministers.
As Native Americans, 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 “Mother Earth” / Spirit and or Natural based Medicine (NAIC)
- 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 (Medicine of Hope™: SMOKH)
- Indigenous Thai Traditional Martial Arts, Meditation, and Healing Sciences: Buddhai Sawan Krabi Krabong and Muay Boran/ Muay Chaiya
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, enabling people to live freely and happily the lives they dream possible for themselves and their families for the benefit of humanity.
3) Educate, train, certify, and develop degree and diploma programs based on integrative approaches to traditional systems of healing and medicine from the NAIC perspective, such as Thai Traditional Medicine, Ayurveda, SomaVeda®Thai Yoga Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathy, Indigenous 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 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 religious therapeutic approach to health incorporating 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, including physical, mental, and spiritual insights for health from scripture and traditions derived from indigenous clerical medicine to bring about healing.
ICSM does not intend to focus on disease or treatment of disease and avoids any techniques and substances that interfere with the natural order.
We believe that most 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. These programs aim to establish a basis for professional ICSM medical standards and to license (Tribal Authorization), supporting the entire scope of practice in spiritually based therapeutics for mind, body, and spirit.
Spiritually based religious 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 (NAIC), 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 infirm using natural agents and products such as foods, soups, herbs, teas, salts, oils, fats, and water; specific 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. We aim to restore the harmony of nature, 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 (Indigenous 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 entirely at opposition with one another. This has been true to the present time. However, it is now possible for us forward-thinking individuals to beat the 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 experiences for our clients.
As we move away from a place where the definition of wellness and health is the “absence of disease,” we explore a model which portrays the human patient as a complete whole. Body, Mind, Spirit, and Nature cannot be taken or considered separate, unrelated parts of us. We separate them only as a mental exercise, for in reality, they are one. Their functions and existence overlap and are interdependent, synergistic, and sympathetic to a degree such as we only begin to suspect. They are variations in perspective more or less evident as one looks at a person from different angles of viewpoint and prejudice.
The body, the mind, the spirit, and nature work together to create the instrument by which our very soul is manifest and able to interact and communicate with the material world and the universe of which we are a part. In oriental medicine, humans are described as “conduits” between the twin towers of the Celestial influences and energies of Heaven and the terrestrial forces and powers 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 say “Mitakoe Oyasin” (Lakota), “we are all relatives.” This infers we living constituents are in a living cosmology of all life and are related to all life in some way directly.
SomaVeda Integrated Traditional Therapies®, such as SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, is the authorized indigenous and traditional medicine systems adopted and incorporated into ICSM and Tribal primary care by the Native American Indigenous Church. ICSM is entirely legal to be practiced between NAIC members and by authorized healers in all 50 states of the US. Our NAIC SomaVeda® healing practices and religious therapies are protected as Native American spiritual and spiritually based ministerial/ pastoral/ clerical medicine. (See About NAIC and Legal Compliance)
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