My teacher, Jeff Bien has just completed So say I, a masterful collection of Sufi poems, with a lasting signature voice. It will be followed by Songs of Non-Separation: teachings on consciousness and spirituality, the pinnacle of a lifetime’s journey. Uncle Jeff’s work is known around the world, in myriad forms: the written word, music, epigrams, and teachings of explicit consciousness. He is listed as the lineage of several consciousness, social activism and advocacy organizations. His work has travelled the world and been published, performed and translated in well over 60 countries.
He will soon be releasing UNMASKING MEDICINE, The physician as healer: Essays on consciousness and compassion, as part of his meditation and consciousness teachings. They are an unparalleled collection of essays of both allopathic and holistic medicine, birthed from a long journey of study, research and direct experience. Having overcome a prognosis for more than twenty years, by the very consciousness he lives, Bien’s teachings inculcate a lifetime of body and breath practice, including a unique combination of isometric and isotonic movements, meditation, and martial art techniques born of a deep austerity practice.
These seminal essays address the absence of consciousness in medicine, and commensurate lack of attendant compassion and pure intention, both in research and patient care. In light of this darkness, he has advocated for countless others over many decades, fiercely engaging both individual physicians and the system at large.
They address the casualty of a catastrophic systemic failure in the institutionalized hegemony of health care, while simultaneously integrating an exegesis for the myriad meritorious physicians, struggling within that very system. Besides proposing a more sublime understanding of the pilgrimage that integrates holistic and allopathic traditions, and the radical transformation of the gross to subtle perception of the physiological body, the work unveils the imperative of unmasking the lacunae of contemporary medicine, unearthing the healer as the heart of true medicine. It also addresses iatrogenesis in its myriad forms, in what has become the institutionalized corporate nature of allopathic medicine, both in its inherent illness and its cure, highlighting the absence of consciousness in medicine, and the commensurate lack of attendant compassion, both in research and patient care.
Besides proposing a more sublime understanding of the pilgrimage that integrates holistic and allopathic traditions, and the radical transformation of the gross to subtle perception of the physiological body, the work unveils the imperative of unmasking the lacunae of contemporary medicine, unearthing healing as the heart of true medicine. It also addresses iatrogenesis in its myriad forms, in what has become the institutionalized corporate nature of allopathic medicine, both its inherent illness and its cure. Bien has met, corresponded, and engaged with some of the finest contemporaneous minds in modern medicine. He has also lectured and spoken widely, regarding what he calls a pandemic that continues to be unacknowledged and unaddressed at its very core.
Two of Bien’s latest books will be launched in 2019, So say I a collection of Sufi poems, and a lifetime’s work, Songs on Non-Separation: teachings on consciousness and spirituality. in 2019. A number of composers have put musical compositions to his poetry including Emanuel Reverdi and Mercan Dede, whose previous album was number one in the world. Dede chose three of his poems along with a selection from Rumi, a rare recording of Gandhi, and other seminal figures, which were performed on numerous world tours and received airplay in dozens of countries. One of the pieces was selected for the annual compilation album, George V records. Reverdi also composed music to a selection of his work, which was released throughout the world on several labels including EMI and Melodie records.