By Jeffrey Williams
Much of the story can and only will be told by time, yet what can be told of my recent travels in China is that there is something emerging. An impulse that has long been acted upon by initiators of holistic centers, alternative lifestyles, and modern day adopters of traditional wellness systems has been emerging in China and all over the world.
While of course China is the source of massive volumes of holistic wisdom, the impact of western commercialism has left its people, and the people of Earth all over the world, feeling hollow, empty, and unfulfilled.
A deep yearning, a calling from within us, is not isolated to the privileged few who have traversed the subcultures and alternative paths since the esoteric movement of the late 1800’s or the civil rights and hippy movements of the 1960’s and 1970’s.
The Holistic impulse: to be fulfilled, to be well and whole and happy within and with our connection to everything around us, has become louder and louder in the hearts and minds of the masses. It is clearly reflected by the invitation I received earlier this year to attend, speak and teach at the first Holistic Wellness International Forum in China held November 10-14, 2018.
My friends at the Holistic Centers Network partnered with Bene Wellness, based in Beijing, to provide such an event and have undoubtedly impacted the collective consciousness landscape forever. From the moment I was warmly received at the airport, I was humbled by the care and generosity extended to me. I was, in their words, “a distinguished guest” and I am not sure that those words have ever been used to describe me before.
The energy and environment of the conference was something out of a Hollywood awards show, but instead of celebrating the profit and success of another hollow commercial emulation of the western capitalist mindset, the stage wove together a celebration and exploration of consciousness, and successful holistic experimentation both East and West, weaving the conceptual as well as experiential.
From the opening ceremony in which an 11 year old girl sang a song so powerful in both English and Mandarin that inspired tears to roll down my face uncontrollably, to the overwhelming sense of awe and appreciation expressed by more than 700 attending participants, this forum planted long cultivated seeds that will grow to benefit and impact the world for generations to come.
The people who attended the conference were earnest to listen, learn, transform and even get close to us to hear our story or get a photo with us, these “distinguished guests.” There was nowhere to go in which I was not pulled into “think tanks” big and small of Chinese folks wanting to do something to help their people and the world as a whole. In one of these conversations, they shared a common sentiment among many of the attendees. To them the group of westerners from the Holistic Centers Network were a group of Angels descending upon China to answer a call, a longing, a yearning to fulfil a holistic impulse they felt within themselves.
A bit shocked, and from a Western worldview, it is very strange to be called an Angel. However, the definition of angel is a messenger. An angel being a messenger, well I can own and live into that. There is a message, a universally loving and valuable message that humanity is ready to receive and while no one on the Holistic Centers Network team claims to have it in its entirety, WE, together with this assembled team of Eastern Angels may have a really good start!
In humility, love, and gratitude I will continue to serve Life, Earth, and All with a message of our inborn wholeness.