When alleviating pain, reducing suffering, and helping people restore their quality of life, there’s a tendency to try to speed up progress. Some of us might become impatient with people who appear stuck in the old ways of doing things.
Change Takes a While
The field of integrative medicine has indeed made significant strides. Yet, we must acknowledge that change is not an instantaneous process. Forcing transformation is like pushing over doors. True evolution, that is, swapping old ways for the new, requires time and an appreciation for the historical context of incremental, systematic changes. Change takes a while, as change through history has always taken a while, perhaps longer than we want.
I got hold of a medical book from the 1930s. It was talking about the same problem in the 1930s of how new ideas are hard to adapt and the old medical establishment still wants to stick to the “old” ways of doing things. As you can see, the desire to compel rapid change has been around for a long time.
Instead of being impatient and closed-minded, we need to help each other understand that there’s always another way to think and look at a problem.
The Application of Integrative Wisdom
Actual change that has positive impact requires integration. This involves a widespread distribution of knowledge among many different people. Doing so helps propel this change and make it bigger.
Moreover, integration ensures that the application of knowledge is not fragmented but instead forms a cohesive whole. This interconnectedness of insights helps bridge gaps between different viewpoints and forge a united front against challenges.
Suppose a patient is dealing with chronic back pain. They might look to more traditional approaches like medications to alleviate their symptoms. However, by applying integrative wisdom, diverse healthcare professionals can collaborate to exchange insights and explore a more comprehensive strategy for pain management.
As an integrative medical practitioner with several years of experience, I still have much to learn from my colleagues and peers outside my direct purview. I’m constantly reminded that I need to learn more, and I’m always thrilled to transform and add those insights to the collective conversation.