The eastern part of the state is agricultural in nature with vast fields of corn, soybeans, and wheat covering the earth. The ever-expanding field of health care has primarily focused on masculine qualities of medicine, which is nested within this oft unseen field of feminine energy—a most essential element in the healing journey. Helping individuals, families, and society manage their inevitable health challenges, while finding meaning in the illness event, is at the core of what it means to be a nurse. Classic laws of science have been very useful for describing fundamental properties of motion such as locomotion and respiration and for explaining how basic body processes such as digestion and sensory input operate. Suddenly, amidst the known and expected, we are aware of the startling and unpredictable quantum leap activity surrounding us. It is a profoundly important resource for nurse educators, students, and practitioners.
As we trust in the other to grow and ourselves to care, we have the courage to go into the unknown together. The work's value comes from its integration of scientific, creative, and spiritual philosophies as a core context for the complex nurse-patient interaction involved in the promotion of a healing environment. To witness life at this level, we must view the process from soul territory. New concepts in physics have shifted our understanding of the universe from the mechanistic and linear worldview of Descartes and Newton to the holistic and interconnected ecological view fostered by discoveries in quantum physics, cellular biology, and neuroscience Rasha, 2006. Unfolding discoveries in science and art continue to reveal a deeper theme of cooperation and co-creation running through every aspect of life.
For those who truly offer a healing presence, figure—ground awareness is the key to helping the person identify and unite the human and the spiritual. We are born with the innate ability to imagine, wonder, invent, and explore our way into unknown territory, some of which holds paradoxical and perplexing questions Vaill, 1996. It is simply being with the other. Soulful eyes, however, see a larger, more holistic, and more realistic picture. Revised, updated, and refocused, the book integrates traditional nursing practice with cutting-edge alternative and integrative medicine. Learning is our human birthright.
Essence—The Authentic Healing Presence of the Nurse Systems of art and science are modified over time, creating and organizing new knowledge in terms of, and in response to, a specific set of issues or problems. So too, contemporary nursing is offered by practitioners with a bias for the rigors of science, the aesthetics of artistic expression, or the meaning of spiritual orientation. As an information source, it guides the growth and development of our bodies. What is done to one then affects the whole. Our theories, curriculum, and practice models reflect this framework. The emerging model of science begins to uncover a deeper reality, one that more fully explains the mysteries of the universe and our place within it Villoldo, 2008. Respect is the hallmark of this radically receptive field.
However, this current awakening includes the illumination of our own personal artistic expression and philosophy, the embracing of our own capacity and wisdom. Conventional science is grounded in the idea that matter is the building block of all things. The work's value comes from its integration of scientific, creative, and spiritual philosophies as a core context for the complex nurse-patient interaction involved in the promotion of a healing environment. But always and forever, the need for supporting the health of society remains. Early tribal groups found strength and flexibility through the differentiation of task and orientation as hunter gatherers, artisans, and healers shared in caring for the needs of the community. Dualistic either-or and cause-effect thinking has been the hallmark of reason for more than 400 years. Subtle vision penetrates the materialism and reductionism of our times, noting that while old economic and political structures are breaking down, a new order is also emerging.
We are both thrilled and perplexed by our human condition. And in our irrepressible pursuit toward understanding, we create our world. Intuition and an appreciation for symmetry are guardians in the understated background of surveillance. Cynical vision leads us to see evidence of imperfection, often resulting in a sense of judgment against the efforts undertaken by others to navigate into the new story. Scientists in various disciplines have been carrying out well-designed experiments whose results transcend the beliefs of current biology and physics. This is the essence of nursing: a healing presence. And in this potentiated space, both are recognized, integrated, and often transformed.
The last Renaissance focused on the merging of art and science—the creativity and wisdom of others. From this vantage point, we see the larger context without overlooking the details of the present moment. For all nurses and nursing students, the book offers practical application strategies for integrating the nursing process with the nurse's presence and a framework for personal and professional development. This is the ultimate, the primary but often overlooked function of nursing practice. Art: Nurses Are Artists—Experience-based mastery leads to subtle pattern recognition from multiple perspectives, the field or ground of our practice. Subatomic particles are not seen as solid objects but rather as vibrating and indeterminate packets of energy that cannot be precisely quantified or controlled.
These energy packets can take on the quality of a particle and either stay confined in a small space, spread over a large region of space time in wavelike fashion, or do both simultaneously, that is, test out all possible new electron orbits at once. Many nursing actions take place against a background invisible to the eye not attuned to its subtle presence. This potent field is responsible for the highest functions of our mind. Once in contact with another, a quantum entity such as an electron retains a connection even when separated by time and space. It influences our brain, our heart, and our memory.