The Dimon Institute proposes a radical approach to health based on a knowledge and understanding of how the body works in action. Unlike animals, Humans have the potential to rise above various forms of illness through increased awareness and control. Anyone seriously interested in real knowledge about the realization of our true potential in health should not settle for less.
Although the human musculoskeletal system is designed to work fluidly in action, from an early age we develop misdirected behavior patterns that interfere with this system, leading to physical malfunctions, increased stress and attention disorders. By bringing about improvements in the working of this system, one can identify and become aware of these harmful patterns and how they interfere with functioning. This can lead to marked improvements in muscle tone, breathing, joint function, stress level and attention. Even more importantly, these changes make it possible to identify and to take responsibility for the actions and reactions that cause symptoms, and to gain heightened awareness and control in the performance of actions and in conduct in general.
A key mission of the Institute is to define a new aspect of health education that goes beyond conventional clinical cures, and relaxation and stress-reduction techniques and describes a truly educational, as opposed to therapeutic, approach to health. Because problems so often manifest as medical it is easy to assume that the solution to stress, attention and heath problems lies in devising clinical practices for addressing the symptoms. When these clinical practices are backed up by research data and impressive clinical terminology the illusion that the subject has been advanced is complete. But symptoms that appear in the form of a localized problem often emanate from a larger whole that isn’t directly related to the presenting symptom, which is why the study of symptoms in and of themselves cannot lead to an understanding of these various factors.
In order to develop a rational approach to health, stress and attention it is necessary to have an understanding of how the organism functions as a complete entity in action and an intelligent approach to gaining greater control over it. This, in turn, can only happen if we gain a practical understanding of precisely how the body works in activity and what goes wrong with it: how bodily activity takes place within the context of a larger mental and physical process and how to raise this functioning to a new level of control through conscious awareness and understanding. Such an approach is not part of existing holistic practice because virtually all current methods pander to the notion of cure and treatment while failing to offer a means of gaining greater control in living based on heightened conscious awareness. This new approach comprises a unique field of human psychology – the mind and body viewed as one functional system. Understanding this system provides the basis for a theory and practice for health, prevention and stress that recognizes the possibility of education, instead of treatment, as the basis for identifying the causes of disease and stress.
Dr Dimon’s forthcoming book, to be published sometime next year, will address all these issues in detail.