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Naissance de l'Ostéopathie

En préparation pour l’anniversaire de la naissance de l’ostéopathie, le 22 juin 1874, j’avais envie d’écrire un mot de gratitude pour cet être exceptionnel qu’est le fondateur de l’ostéopathie, Andrew Taylor Still. 


Depuis que je suis entré dans le monde de l’ostéopathie en 1997, j’ai toujours eu cette aspiration de comprendre plus profondément le fonctionnement de l’être non seulement dans sa réalité physique mais aussi émotionnelle, mentale et spirituelle.


J’ai eu la chance de faire la plus grande partie de ma formation au Canada, dans une école particulièrement sensible à la tradition ostéopathique, le Collège d’Études Ostéopathiques. J’ai pu y rencontrer de nombreux anciens ostéopathes, dont madame Viola Frymann D.O. et d’autres pionniers contemporains de l’ostéopathie, comme François Amigues D.O.


Le moment le plus inoubliable de ce parcours fut la découverte du livre de John Lewis, A.T. Still: From the Dry Bone to the Living Man et la visite de Kirsville, l’été 2018. C’est à ces occasions que j’ai perçu l’ampleur spirituelle de l’ostéopathie et de l’expérience que Still avait vécu le 22 juin 1874. 


Je suis immensément reconnaissant à John Lewis pour le travail unique qu’il a fait en travaillant plusieurs années à Kirsville dans le musée de Still. Son livre intègre de nombreux extraits de documents inédits dont les « collected papers », textes originaux de Still qui expriment tellement bien la profondeur de la pensée et de la philosophie de Still.



Étant aussi astrologue, et ayant la date de la création de l’ostéopathie, il devenait possible de construire le thème astrologique de l’ostéopathie et de comprendre les courants d’énergie qui viendraient participer à la croissance de cette médecine extraordinaire dans le monde. L’astrologie est la science qui explique les phénomènes de matérialisation des événements du plan énergétique au plan physique. C’est la science qui étudie la météo des énergies qui sont nécessaires à l’apparition des phénomènes.


Je profite de ce moment pour donner quelques dates intéressantes pour l’ostéopathie dans le monde. Les deux dernières années ont été des années propices pour recevoir une nouvelle compréhension spirituelle de l’ostéopathie et de sa mission véritable. C’est aussi une période, en particulier l’année 2019 et 2020 qui exigent confiance et conviction car les circonstances demandent des efforts hors du commun. 


le 8 mai 2018: transit d’Uranus sur la maison IX et sur Neptune natal

le 20 mai 2019: transit d’Uranus sur Le Noeud Nord natal, premier passage

le 10 mars 2020: transit d’Uranus sur Le Noeud Nord natal, deuxième passage

Voici quelques extraits du livre exceptionnel de John Lewis pour vous donner quelques éléments d’inspiration et d’investigation:


I was shot in the dome of reason by an arrow charged with the principles of philosophy. Since that eventful day I have sacredly remembered and kept its anniversary… Sometimes withdrawing from the presence of man to meditate upon the event of that day wherein I saw that the word ‘God’ signified perfection in all things and in all places. Page 80


“For 20 years or more I was content to be governed by the opinions and customs of older and more experienced physicians, he wrote, I gave the disease it’s proper name. I gave the medicine has taught and practiced, but was not satisfied that the line of procedure was philosophically correct.” Materialism had profound limitations when applied to the living being. Science cannot deal with fundamental questions only philosophy can do this. Science is only a tool or a key, it can unlock only certain material problems. It cannot appraise itself. It is not a judge but a witness. Problems of mind, of character, moral, aesthetic, literary, artistic problems are not its sphere. Page 81


With the iron hand of will I barred the gate of memory, Shut out the past with all its old ideas. My soul took on receptive attitude, my ear was tuned to Nature’s Rhythmic harmony... my spirit where is overwhelmed with the unmeasurable magnitude of the divine plan on which the universe is constructed. Page 83


Echoing Lincoln, who had rallied The American people to “Stand by the flag” in defense of liberty, Still determined to raise his own flag, the “Emblem of truth,“ in defense of nature’s work, and to “stand by that flag as long as the life cycle last.“ It was this vow that made 22 June 1870 for the “birthday” of osteopathy. Page 84


“Listen, Arthur,“ Still concluded enigmatically, “Years ago I was promised no matter how dark conditions seemed to be, and no matter how hard the storms of internal strife or outward opposition seemed to rage, that all the rubbish would be wiped from our pathway as if but chaff, And in the end osteopathy would reign triumphant.” Page 180


The following year, 1904, The ASO commencement program was organized to mark the thirtieth anniversary of osteopathy’s discovery. At the precisely ten in the morning, Tuesday, 22 June, Still stepped onto the platform in Memorial Hall garbed in a threadbare suit, high boots and a black alpaca coast worn at the elbows, to address the graduating class immaculately turned out in black gowns and starched white collars. « Ladies and Gentlemen, Students of the A.S.O., » he spoke:


“Thirty years ago today at this hour I got my first idea of Osteopathy. It is proper that we appear at any gathering, be it religious or social or scientific, in appropriate dress. Today you see me in this torn coat. I appear as well dressed today as I did thirty years ago. Thirty years ago today I was in discussion with a brother asking the extent of the laws of God, of which man, a miniature representation of the universe, was the result. Man has matter organized. He has motion. And he has mind to control that work of architecture.

Notwithstanding my poverty I was satisfied with my life. I had been taught to pray, ‘That thy angels watch over me while I sleep’. Should I make a mockery of that teaching? I told my brother I believed in angels returned as of old. My brother said, ‘None but the wicked return.’ I replied, ‘Why, if Go dis no respecter of persons should the wicked only return?’ Just then came a shock as if I was going into paralysis. Whether it was an angel or a devil, I know not, and this language came to me as an impression, “Will you carry our flag if we place it in your hands?” Then I took an obligation: I, A.T. Still, will stand by that flag as long as life shall last”. page 301


To a selected few Still revealed his own experience of that memorable June morning. « He pointed out to me the exact spot in which it suddenly came over him what it all meant » Ernest Tucker wrote, « what it was its entirety, this thing that had been coming to him piecemeal and growing up in him by degrees; and he said it was like a terrible blow on the back, a blow that sent him staggering and reeling. His ‘spirits’ has been revealing to him one item at a time, as is wise for the merely human kind, and by graduated stages, this vast insight into the conditions of human efficiency and disease; but when he all of a sudden saw the completed edifice (‘suns and systems of planets ordered and wheeling in space where I never saw a star’). It was overwhelming in its suddenness and power and it affected him like a physical blow. He indeed described it as a blow from the hand of some powerful spirit, ordering him ahead. » page 304


Addison Brewer added further detail. He wrote of Still’s grief over his dead children, his disillusionment with materia medica and of being  ‘alone in a moody state of mind pondering over this subject’ when, « he had the sensation of being struck by a fist between the shoulders. Straightening up he was made aware of the presence of three men from the unseen. They gave their names as Traliape, Trenagore and Lahemphanen. They stated that they were Egyptian philosophers and healers; that they had come to give him a new system of therapeutics. Of he would fight the medical doctors, they would ‘clear the drift wood’ out of his way. » page 305


An unsigned 1902 composition typed on ASO notepaper, apparently the record of a séance, mentions two of the Egyptian spirits, albeit spelled differently. The piece bears Still’s unmistakable style:  “On the 22nd day of June 1874, in the city of Eudora, Kansas, at 10 o’clock in the morning, we entrusted you with a commission which you promised to honour and obey. We, as your spirit friends, on ours ide did then and there promise to hold up your arm and guide your head to a victorious charge on all the lines of the then existing medical theories of all schools. At the end of 28 years, we are proud to say that you have faithfully and honestly honoured your obligation to us, during those long and wearisome years, and crowed the cause which you championed with a glorious victory in each and every engagement. We wish you to receive our thanks, Abram Still, Lea Hemphanum, Twalaape, and many, many thousands of our best and wised angelic hosts. We then promised to hold up your arms and guide all moves in this combat to victory, and we will no abandon you or allow you to fall in the days of your declining of physical life. We will stand by you in the future as in the past. In order to leave something of a textbook as a guide for future generations, we have dictated a system of five divisions of the human body, beginning with the head, as follows, Head, Neck, Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis.”  page 305


He (Still) got his way. The 1913 convention was held in Kirksville, organized to coincide with his 85 birthday. An enormous marquee was erected near the school, citizens opened their homes to delegates, and churches assisted restaurants in serving meals. (…) Still, enfeebled by illness and a fall, had been judged too weak to appear at the event and it was understood he would not mingle with the crowd. But on the second day, as Hildreth delivered a speech in the tent, an unmistakable figure was seen marching towards the lecture platform leaning on a long staff. “ Will on accord the immense crowd rose it its feet in reverence and good will,” one delegate wrote, “with cheer after cheer.” Still proceed to the lectern to give an impromptu speech. “39 years ago I raised the flag and swore by the eternal that I would stand for the works of the Divine Architect of the Universe,” he proclaimed. “God is an architect. He is a builder. He is an engineer, and all nature comes under the orders of that architect. page 346

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