How to 'Make' Health?

We all like to be healthy. In this episode of, Rick Vermuyten explains how you can make health.

20-03-2017 -  by Kevin Van der Straeten

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We all like to be healthy. In this episode of, Rick Vermuyten explains how you can make health.


Hi, Rick. Welcome back to our studio.


Hi, Kevin.


When I first heard about the title of this episode, how to make health, I was thinking, can we make health?


It’s a totally different view in the Western society and in the Oriental society. Or you may say, of course, in our ancient Western world, it was also like that. They had a view that if you want to have something, you have to create it. And so it’s a creative view on health. Instead of, in the Western point of view, it’s like, health, you either have it or you don’t have it. And usually, we think if we lose it, it’s because of many external factors. And so they studied external factors and then, they say, well their focus also, in the Western world is actually not on health.


But on disease.


On disease. And so we have even preventative medicine is oriented towards disease. Or hospitals are oriented to disease. All our modern type of medicine is oriented towards disease. If you ask there, what can I do to make my health or to become healthy? We don’t know. Because it’s not what they are studying. Of course, it starts gradually now, more and more because they are picking up things that actually, they said, oh… That’s what, for instance, the East was saying or that’s what our Western doctors at the time of the Middle Ages were saying. And so it’s picking up that health is not something like, no disease.




It’s a kind of wellbeing that has to be created. Just like if you want to write a book, you have to make it. You have to make some effort and so their point of view starts with a vision, you may say. A different vision than in the West. Not oriented on disease. Oriented… Actually an Oriental word, oriented towards health. And of course, health, we can look at the English word. The English word, health means, whole. Totality. And so that means making yourself whole, complete. That’s the original meaning of health but that has to be made, yes? Of course, we always wait to be concerned about health when we get sick.




And so the view, you may say, the point of view, the vision that the West has is oriented to disease and that’s been very successful in the sense that if you compare almost every year, there’s more and more disease created.


yes, yes.


You see? If they want to change that, they will have to take the ancient view of the ancient Westerners from the medieval times or from before the Greek times or take the Oriental one that says, okay, if you want to have health, you have to make it. So it’s create a vision. Then what do you have to do?




How do you make it? It means first of all; you need to have a vision. So it starts with the mind. You need to focus on that health and that’s what I want to make. So it needs to be oriented. So your point of view is, how can I make my health? What can I do with it? Because of course, we do many things. We have so many aspects of life that all need to be oriented to health and of course, for a baby, it goes automatically. And the first thing that we can see what a baby does is breathing in his belly.


Aren’t we doing that?


No. We usually breathe more up and we breathe, usually more in than out. Well, if you look at the baby, as soon as he’s born, actually, the first breathing activity the baby does is, waah. You see? So it comes out. It goes down. So that means it’s orienting, it’s breathing towards the belly and if you see a baby sleeping, then you see the movement. And many adults, when they sleep, first it needs time to get out of their minds. Then it needs time to get out of their emotions and then gradually, when they return to the normal body state, then the belly breathing starts. Many people even don’t get there during the night.


Because there’s still so much work.


So much work, yes. So much, in their mind and in their emotions that they never get to the gravity point, you may say. The Japanese call it, ‘hara’. So it’s our point of balance that’s deep in the body. So the first activity to restore health or to make it is return back to deep belly breathing. That’s two aspects because you breathe mainly strongly out. Everything contracts. So here, you come

into your center.




That energy goes also into your legs. So you become strong. And so you can fall asleep easily because you’re really in your balancing point. Gravity point, yes? And then, of course, you breathe in, which is relaxing. Energy goes up, you feel relieved. You become more optimistic and so you use that type of activity in your energy with the breathing to make you strong and to have a mind that’s open minded and optimistic and goes up. So it’s the first thing. But of course, that’s oriented to, I have to breathe in a way that brings me down to earth but also helps me to develop.




And to raise my consciousness. So belly breathing is number one. Of course, it’s made on contracting, expanding, yang, yin. And of course, second thing by which we create our body, we use material. And the material, of course, we have drinking and we have eating and so we look, what are balancing foods? Like cereal grains and beans and seeds and vegetables and seaweeds. That’s more balanced types of foods. How we use that in order to adapt to what is our body condition. And so you need to look at what is your constitution and what is your activity and what is your gender because you need to adapt that for… And so decide which kinds of drinking and foods makes me in such a balance that I feel strong and that I can grow. That I can develop myself and of course, you need to know not only which kind of foods but also, how you prepare them. The ancient art of cooking, yes?


There is a difference between how you prepare it.


Yes, yes. So the preparation makes a difference because you can make it more weak by soaking it in water or adding too much water or you can make it more strong by boiling or steaming or cooking or adding salt. By that, it becomes more strong food. So the preparation is a mechanism by which you can gradually orient your foods into a better harmony.




Yes. And so that all the organs that we have, that’s also you may say, Eastern knowledge, mainly lost in the West, which organs need what kind of food so that they get their natural balance. Of course, we have a book where we explain that all. It’s just written and came out in the month of March and so that explains which organs need what kind of food. So the difference is if you have health problems with the kidneys or with the heart, then what kind of foods can you use to bring that imbalance and which kind of cooking types do you need to help that create a balance? So then we have on a physical mechanism, you may say, a way of bringing that into active health.

Then of course, we have activity and rest and so we need to be active and we need to rest as well. Many people exaggerate. Either they rest too much or they are, all the time, overly active and they shift all the time out of balance or from one point to the other and so that’s one important activity. That is, we have a body. We need movement and movement, of course, uses our muscles and our skeletons in order to get that thing going. And also, in the West, you know, half an hour of walking, walking actively is actually okay and is sufficient enough to keep everything running well in your body. That’s more physical capacities that we use. Then of course, we have emotional qualities and mental qualities that need to be oriented, also, to balance and activity, you may say. You have to grow, you have to develop, your consciousness needs to grow. So we need to orient that into balance and growing, advancing and of course, there is a relationship between the organs and all the emotions but also, in our minds, a thing that we’ve lost nowadays is called, common sense. Of course, common sense in nowadays society is the least common.

But it used to be very common. It means your way of thinking that is much wider and uses gut feeling and uses intelligence to look at a totality.




You see? Instead of looking at a so called logical way of thinking which is more and more intellectual which strives to… It’s looking, zooming in on things in order to make, all the time, discernment. What is this? What is that?


Like modern science and stuff.


Like modern science. Well, let’s say modern science from 100 years ago.




Because it’s gradually developing in much more looking at the invisible aspects of life that in the Orient, was natural. They were always talking about life force. They were always talking about, Chi, as they call it or, Chi, as the Japanese call it and they said, that’s the most important and that runs in our body. That makes our mind active. That makes our emotions active. That makes our organs active. For them, it was natural and they just started more and more, to discover that. Because that’s the major aspect of our reality. Because the physical world in the universe is only 4% and the invisible world is 96% and then we think or we used to think, in the Western aspect of thinking, oh, that has no importance.


Well, the orient was actually saying, well, the 96% is more important than the 4% but how you use spiritual capacities and mental capacities and emotional capacities orienting in a way of balancing and advancing so that gradually, health is like a result of that. Because then it becomes natural. So if we use common sense, if we make balance in our emotions, if we have activity to create our reality because we want to work things. That means we live in the outside world. So we want to create things in the outside world as an activity. What we mainly forgot in the Western world is, oh, wait moment, there is also an inside world.




How do we develop that? Our inner qualities, our consciousness qualities. And so that needs to be in balance as well. So creating balance in all the different aspects of life that gradually will turn out as a healthy feeling. And so you feel whole, you feel complete and in relationship with nature, there’s no division anymore.


Let’s make health, then.


Let’s do it.


Rick, thank you very much for coming over.


Thank you, Kevin.


And you at home, thank you for watching our show. I hope to see you next week.