by Dr. Maria Theologides
I’m sure you will agree that the last year has been a surreal time. I found myself feeling like I was in one of Salvador Dali’s paintings. The insanity of it has left many people lost in a state of fear and uncertainty, where everything we took for granted and normal, seemed to have disappeared overnight. Each person has dealt with this differently, some have thrown themselves into denial, some have barricaded themselves from the world, while others have had to dig deep to find comfort and hope in a refreshed reverence in the beauty which surrounds us or the company of family and friends – while constantly being aware that at any presidential announcement we may lose this too – again.
My innate instinct for self-preservation forced me to turn towards what fuels my very existence: the things that I feel most passionate about that have become the driving force in my everyday life, covid or no covid: my need to find meaning, to leave a legacy.
My unquenchable thirst for knowledge has allowed me to specialise in Paediatrics, to study Functional Medicine and to be trained as a Biological dentist – these have placed me in a unique position to view humans and their health, or lack thereof, with a different perspective. It has become my passion to be able to teach others on the importance of oral health in the search for systemic well-being and the essential role of biological dentistry in the integrative healing protocol. I am determined to win the fight against the worldwide use of mercury-infested products being placed into the human body and the devastating effects on an already toxic overloaded state of being.
Through it all, I have been privileged to meet the most incredible patients who have entrusted me with their intimate stories, so we could embark on a journey in hope that they could live without pain, a life without dis-ease, a chance to regain their self-respect and dignity. Each of these paths has left me humbled to the core, grateful for the mundaneness of my own being and for the good health I take for granted.
I know this holds true for so many of my integrative colleagues which, despite their own struggles, their own fears, continue to serve with passion and enthusiasm. For many of us this is not a job, it is a calling that is as essential to us as the very breadth we require for survival, it offers us hope and light that we can share with our circles. I believe that each of us has the power to create a ripple effect of contagious mindfulness, kindness, creativity and change that will allow the healing of the world and so too, each individual, to occur from within rather than expect to find it in the spiralling external. I know each of us on the Sacred Space team has come in with that as part of our vision and our mission.
As Margaret Wheatley so perfectly put it, “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.”