Aesculapius

Joseph Dispenza


In Greek mythology, Aesculapius (ess-que-LA-pe-us), son of Apollo, often referred to as the god of medicine or healing, was a Greek healer who became a Greek demigod, and was a famous physician. His mother, the nymph Coronis, a princess of Thessaly, died when he was an infant.

Aesculapius was the most important among the Greek gods and heroes who were associated with health and curing disease. Apollo is said to have entrusted the child’s education to the Centaur, Chiron, who taught Aesculapius the arts of healing.

Aesculapius, when grown, became so skilled in surgery and the use of medicinal plants that he could even restore the dead to life. Hades, ruler of the dead, became alarmed at this and complained to Zeus, who, fearing that he might render all men immortal, killed Asclepius with a thunderbolt.

In ancient times, shrines and temples of healing known as Asclepieia were erected throughout Greece, where the sick would come to worship and seek cures for their ills. Harmless serpents were kept in these temples of healing, lovingly tended by Asclepius’ daughter Hygeia, the personification of health.

Snakes were held sacred by Asclepius and he himself was thought to sometimes appear in the form of a snake. Patients who saw snakes in their dreams believed that the god of healing himself had come to their aid.

The ancient symbol of Asclepius is a knotted wooden staff around which a mystical snake is coiled. The staff of Aesculapius with a coiled serpent became the traditional symbol of medicine. Today it represents the modern medical profession, and is a symbol of health and wisdom.

The Clean Sweep — Physical Environment

Asclepius came to mind this month as we reflected on the section of The Clean Sweep Program that deals with one’s Physical Well-being.

With this issue of the Newsletter, we are continuing our four-part series based on the Clean Sweep. Created by the late Thomas Leonard, the Founder of Coach U, it comprises 100 items in four categories of living which, when completed, give you the vitality and strength you want and need to live fully, alive and awake. You have more natural energy when you are complete with your physical environment, well-being, money and relationships. (See last month’s newsletter for the first part of the Clean Sweep, on your Physical Environment.)

Thomas Leonard challenges you to complete all 100 items in one year.

Below is the part of the Clean Sweep devoted to your physical environment. You might want to print out this newsletter and sit quietly scoring yourself on the questions. If true, check the box marked True. Be rigorous; be a hard grader. If the statement is sometimes or usually true please DO NOT check the True box until the statement is virtually always true for you. Then work to make the statement true. You may change any statement to fit your situation better.

Well Being

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26. I rarely use caffeine. (Chocolate, coffee, colas, tea) less than 3 times per week, total.

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27. I rarely eat sugar. (Less than 3 times per week)

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28. I rarely watch television. (Less than 5 hours per week)

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29. I rarely drink alcohol. (Less than 2 drinks per week)

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30. My teeth and gums are healthy. (Have seen a dentist in last 6 months)

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31. My cholesterol count is healthful.

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32. My blood pressure is healthful.

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33. I have had a complete physical exam in the past 3 years.

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34. I do not smoke tobacco or other substances.

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35. I do not use illegal drugs or misuse prescribed medications.

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36. I have had a complete eye exam within the past two years.(Glaucoma check, vision test)

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37. My weight is within my ideal range.

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38. My nails are healthy and look good.

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39. I don’t rush or use adrenaline to get the job done.

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40. I have a rewarding life beyond my work or profession.

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41. I have something to look forward to virtually every day.

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42. I have no habits which I find to be unacceptable.

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43. I am aware of the physical or emotional problems or conditions I have, and I am now fully taking care of all of them.

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44. I consistently take evenings, weekends and holidays off and take at least two weeks of vacation each year.

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45. I have been tested for the AIDS antibody.

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46. I use well made sunglasses.

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47. I do not suffer.

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48. I floss daily.

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49. I walk or exercise at least three times per week.

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50. I hear well.


Discussion/Journal Questions

  1. What has kept you from making a ‘clean sweep’ of your physical well-being in the past? How has that affected your energy level?

  2. What was the most surprising item on the ‘clean sweep’ list? Why was it surprising?

  3. Name three things that you could do in the next month to improve your physical well-being. How might the cleaning up affect the people around you?

  4. Name three things that you continue to tolerate in the area of your physical well-being for the sake of ‘keeping the peace’ or not ‘rattling the cage.’ How would your life be different if you addressed these in an appropriate way?

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