Sanctuary of Asclepios
Asclepios was the Greek God of healing, and worshippers built large temple complexes around Greece in his name. Throughout the period, and into the era of the Roman Empire, people would visit these temples to be healed.
Built in the sixth Century BC and lasting until 500 AD, the Sanctuary of Asclepios at Epidaurus is a spiritual place. It was a healing center as well as a cultural center in ancient times. It is adorned with a multitude of buildings most famous of which is the ancient Theater of Epidaurus.
The Sanctuary of Asclepios (Aesculapius) at Epidaurus always held aloof from war and power struggles and remained true to its original calling as a place of healing. The ancient Greeks approached health from a holistic point of view, and the Sanctuary included a theater, gymnasium, and stadium as well as traditional medical treatments.
They considered it fundamental to teach men to think only enlightened thoughts, because they believed, and they proved it, that when our thoughts are maintained in a pure and harmonious state, then even our bodies become healthy and harmonious.
The healings of the body and mind which occurred there were the natural outcome, firstly of the worship of the ‘Saviour’ (the divine good) and secondly of the spiritual rebirth which takes place when an individual identifies himself and becomes conscious of his true nature.
The true nature of man was considered to be mainly spiritual. His natural state is a condition of perfect harmony and health which remains undisturbed as long as it is kept ‘in tune’ with the divine harmony and order which governs the universe.
A radical healing is thus obtained only when the mind itself is cured; when there is a change of mind. For together with the mind, the body also is necessarily healed. The body can of course be also cured directly with various material medica but this cure is only temporary. As the generative cause of the disease dwelling in the mind has not been eliminated, it may at any time call forth new disharmonies in other parts of the body.
Paul visited the sanctuary in his childhood and rediscovered a tourist brochure for it when he was trying to decide on a name for his new company. He realized that the linking of a person’s psyche to their healing and wellbeing was the same approach he was taking on his new venture and so he decided to resurrect the name – 2500 years later.
The Manaia is an ancient Maori mythical being with a birds head and a human form. It is said to be the guardian between the earthly world of mortals and the domain of the spirits. The Manaia is a holder of great spiritual energy and is a guardian against evil. It can be seen blended into many Maori designs with subtle differences between tribes. There are usually 3 fingers to represent guarding the past, present and the future. This Manaia was commissioned by Paul from Len and Candy Kay and he asked for a fourth finger to represent protection in the spirit world. The fourth finger has been seen before on Manaia’s but it is not very common.