Dr. Shantung Edinburgh (pronounced Edin-bur-a) is an author, lecturer and interfaith minister. As a renowned healer he draws from two ancient healing traditions.
He received formal training, certifications and degrees in Classical Chinese Medicine and in Interfaith Theology.
He received ancestral hands-on lineage training in both Classical Chinese Medicine and in Native American Indian Spiritual Medicine practices and herbal healing.
Of fifth-generation Chinese ancestry on the paternal side, Shantung’s predominant ancestry is American Creek and Seminole Indian. Shantung’s upbringing was in traditional Cherokee and Creek lifestyles.
From the infusion of Chinese culture into his predominantly American Indian cultural background, has come a rich tradition of classical Asian healing and philosophy plus mastery of martial arts. His given name `Shantung` has been passed down through three generations.
“Improving the Human Condition” is the Reverend’s mission statement.
“Education not Medication” is his passion.
Dr. Shantung CH studied Chinese herbology in-person and on-campus at the Institute for Chinese Medicine in Berkeley, California, completing the Comprehensive Herbalist Training Program in 1995 and the Clinical Herbalist Training Program in 1997.
The Institute later changed its name to the Institute of Chinese Herbology and moved to Oakland, California, from whence it issued Dr. Shantung’s certificates. Today the Institute offers only online certification courses in Chinese herbology.
The Institute is a fully accredited college recognized by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
In 2002, Dr. Shantung DD received a PhD in Naturology from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in Alabama.
Naturology is a religious holistic science of health, which teaches a practitioner how to bring a client into a “right relationship” with the Circle of Life, composed of body and mind and spirit.
This universal Circle of Life is depicted in native shamanic practices worldwide, such as the mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism, the Yin-Yang symbol of Zen Buddhism, the Five-Elements traditional of Classical Chinese healing, the medicine wheels of Native American cultures, the mandalas of North Asian tribes of Siberia, the Four Cardinal Directions and Inca healing arts, and many others throughout the world.
Shantung’s lineage medical training from his great-grandfather, grandfather and father is in Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM), not Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Classical Chinese Medicine is the centuries old, original Chinese healing system that existed in China before 1928.
The Communist Revolution of 1928 in China outlawed Classical Chinese Medicine, replacing it with a more Western-oriented medical system and calling it Traditional Chinese Medicine.
The newer Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on treating the symptoms rather than the causes of disease, just like in the Western approach to medicine on which it is modeled.
TCM herbal formulations are much watered down, not nearly as potent as those found in the classical system (CCM).
In this new system all spiritual aspects have been removed, thus reducing treatment to the Western so-called ‘scientific’ model, wherein the physical is emphasized, the mental is for the most part ignored (perhaps due to a lack of truly effective mental treatment), and the spiritual is missing altogether.
There is no balance of physical, mental and spiritual; thus the treatments are not effective and because of this and also the use of synthetic formulations (drugs), very expensive.
Patients are not cured and returned to health; instead they are consigned to a lifetime of costly treatment.
Dr. Shantung’s Classical Chinese Medicine is Shamanic, pre-Communist, pre-Confucian, pre-Taoist, pre-Buddhist.
It was the original religious healing system used by the Priests, Monks, hermits, recluses etc. It was taught to him by his Grandfather and Father.
Medicine, as this term is used in Classical Chinese Medicine, has the same meaning as the term is defined in American Indian usage.
Both traditions predate any form of modern medicine.
It has no correlation to the word medicine as it is used in allopathic Western medicine.
Your Medicine is your Spiritual Power, your ‘Right Relationship’ with our Grandmother the Earth and our Grandfather the Sky, and all-that-is-connected-to-all as in the Universal Circle.
Classical Medicine, whether Chinese or American Indian or derived from other healing practices rooted in antiquity, is not about ‘treatment’ or ‘healing modalities’, but instead focuses on getting oneself physically, mentally and spiritually in harmony with the Great Spirit. There are many correlations between Native American ideas and those of ancient Asia.
Rev. Dr. Shantung, CH, DD, PhD, is the founder of Temple of God Church of Holistic Health & Healing, Inc., a non-profit interdenominational church.
A fully and legally Ordained Minister Working, he has delivered more than 1000 sermons at his Church over the last 20 years, and through his Outreach Ministry has worked and serviced the Treasure Coast community as Clergy.
Made possible by generous donations from its many parishioners over the past 20 years, his Church has provided over 100,000 pounds of food, clothing, toys and necessities to many organizations in need including Safe Space, Victory Children’s Home and Toys for Tots, as well as through the local Sheriff’s Office.
Funds have also been raised for the American Red Cross, for disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and countless other local disasters.
Functioning as a Chaplin through his Outreach Ministry, the Rev. Dr. Shantung offers religious counseling to prison inmates who request his presence, and hospital visitations.
Temple of God Church has been licensed as a public charity by the Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services for most of its existence.
Dr. Shantung is also a long-time Minister/Practitioner of the Christian Science Church and is recommended on the email list of the Rev. Billy Graham as “One who knows how to teach Bible-based doctrine.”
Of all the different sects of Christianity, it is Christian Science alone that fully agrees with and is in complete alignment with the basic fundamental viewpoints of Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism.
Dr. Shantung, D.D., Dipl. C.H., PhD., has studied at the Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Washington, NJ (now called The Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center), where he studied under Geshe Wangal, the teacher of the teacher of the 13th Dali Lama. Dr. Shantung also studied under His Holiness the 14th Dali Lama during his Holiness’ many visits to the Monastery throughout the 70’s and 80’s.
From the Christian Science concept of ‘Divine Mind’ or ‘One Mind’ and its identical belief in Buddhism and Hinduism of the ‘Dharma Kaya (Divine Body of Truth)’ and ‘Brahman (The Eternal Absolute),’ to the impersonal Nature of the Absolute, there is total accord.
Christian Science believes that “things are thoughts,” and that the outer material world is an objectified expression of one’s thoughts and beliefs (Karma, the Samskaras of Hinduism and Buddhism). This is why Dr. Shantung embraced this form of Christianity and became a fully Ordained Practitioner/Minister in Christian Science. Its healing method is identical to that used in Ancient Shamanic (Wu) Qi Gong of China, and the Shamanism of the American Indian (especially Aztec). Dr. Shantung may be called upon to heal therefore, from innumerable different traditions.
Christian Science speaks of the “Divine Idea” or “Immortal Soul” as a reflection of the Absolute and this is the same Impersonal Spirit which is neither mortal body nor mortal mind as found in Hinduism (The Atman) or in Buddhism (The Buddha Nature Is Your Real Nature).
The concepts of The Absolute and the Divine Idea as being the only Realities; the Unreality of Matter or of the Material Universe (the Maya of Hinduism, the Mara of Buddhism), as well as the view that All Things Are Possible (especially seen in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism) are echoed in Christian Science as “With God All Things Are Possible.”
In summation, to further explore the extraordinary similarities of Eastern and Christian Science thought, read “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy.
The Reverend Dr. Shantung has been a member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists and the American Holistic Health Association, and is a member of the Institute for Traditional Medicine.
Dr. Shantung, a practicing martial artist since childhood, received the 8th Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, directly from his teacher Great Grandmaster Fred Villari.
He is also trained in Wing Chun and Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu styles.
He volunteered his martial arts expertise to the local Stuart Police Department, to instill confidence and promote self-defense skills, to bring them home safely from often dangerous encounters.
He is a Grand Master of Qigong in the spiritual sense with the capacity to continuously draw on the power and presence of Tao Chi, and practices during healings the seldom attained Spiritual aspect of Qigong.
Dr. Shantung ran a Kwoon or Dojo, teaching Asian fighting arts including Kung Fu, Karate, and both Asian and Western sword handling techniques at the Temple of Tao, beginning in 1992 in Jensen Beach, FL.
Today, he teaches privately to select students who qualify and dedicate to his rigorous training regimen.
Dr. Shantung is a gifted spirit walker in the seldom attained spiritual sense.
There are many misunderstandings and misconceptions about what defines a true spirit walker, how one might obtain the ability or state of beingness that defines one’s unique personal spirituality, what one might accomplish or influence, and in what manner one might be of assistance to others.
Through years of focused discipline, he crossed over into Nirvana in the classical yogic or Buddhist sense, and remains in touch with that alternate reality at all times, existing with ‘one foot in that heavenly or true reality and the other foot in this earthly or apparent reality.’
Drawing continuously from the eternal Tao or Great Spirit, he is a master of spiritual energies.
To quote Lao Tzu, founder of Taoism, “the Tao is like an empty vessel, which though empty may be drawn upon endlessly, yet never needs to be filled.”
His is not the chi gained from prana via breathing exercises and intoning of mantras.
As profound as is such attainment, it is still of earthly energies.
His gifts are of divine origin, a spiritual connection not attained by earth-centered practices.
Since that initial event, that crossing over into Nirvana and returning, he has expanded his understanding of and connection to his ‘true self’ through countless hours of deep meditation and spiritual exploration.
In this blessed state of consciousness, he remains a conduit for spiritual presence or energy in that he can promote healing of the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of another person.
His powerful energy intensifies and accelerates the effects of already powerful classical Chinese, American Indian, and herbal remedies garnered from a lifetime or research and rigorous testing for healing effects.
All immediate living family members have long been involved in one way or another with assisting the native peoples of America in reacquiring their heritage and spiritual traditions. These traditions and values have systematically been nearly wiped out by colonization.
Many relatives have been involved with AIM (the American Indian Movement) and have actively resisted the many political agendas and regulations waged against their peoples.
In all ways the struggle is to deprogram native peoples of the brain washing effects of governmental indoctrinations and legal attempts which persist to this day, to eradicate Native American religion, language and culture.
An inspiration and personal mentor to Shantung, Russell Means has said (in paraphrase) that, ”Indians were removed to Reservations with no rights, but America is in reality one big Reservation. The rights of all Americans are being systematically eliminated, and no one is aware of it.”
Here are several quotes of Russell Means:
“Everyone who’s born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We’re all Native Americans.”
“Indian policy has now been brought down on the American people, and the American people are now the new ‘Indians’ of the 21st century.”
“So Indian policy has become institutionalized and the result has been that American people have become more dependent on government and that the American people have become more dependent on corporations.”
“You see the one thing I’ve always maintained is that I’m an American Indian. I’m not a Native American. I’m not politically correct. Everyone who’s born in the Western Hemisphere is a Native American. We are all Native Americans. And if you notice, I put American before my ethnicity. I’m not a hyphenated African-American or Irish-American or Jewish-American or Mexican-American.”
“I find freedom to be the most important issue facing any human being today, because without freedom, then life is pointless. The more dependent you become on centralized power, the more easily you are lead around.”
Dr. Shantung’s organization opposes political agendas which attempt to eliminate your health rights and suppress alternative practitioners.
He is engaged in fighting the long battle to override political and legal legislations which seek to put allopathic medicine in the supreme position, which deny everyone’s right to choose their own form of health care.
His work has met with increasing resistance and attempts to stop his great work in the Spiritual Medicine field, yet he is relentless.
While Dr. Shantung’s efforts to restore justice to this society have angered many whose profits stand to be threatened, through your help to support and uphold the rights to human liberty and the blessed Constitution of the United States, together we can make a stand and stop these crimes against the American people. Dr. Shantung and his organization will continue fighting for your health rights.
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Your Laughter Let not your laughter be loud and frequent. Smile more instead.
You Control Your Anger No one can make you angry. You make yourself angry by desiring something others can restrain or compel.
Emotionalism Causes Misery Emotionalism is the cause of all your miseries. It means your emotions are uncontrolled, undisciplined. Humanity is too emotional. You learn to calm down.
You Are Not a Victim You are not a victim of your own emotions. You are not at the mercy of what you feel. If you do not like what you feel, change it. It is not common knowledge that we can control our emotional nature.
Stay Relaxed Stay relaxed all the time. Discover unnecessary tension in yourself and dissolve it.
Be Not Disturbed No one has the power to disturb you except through your own thoughts.
Needless Troubles Most of what is said and done is unnecessary. If you eliminate extraneous actions, you will be free of needless troubles.
Do Not Compare Do not talk about people, so as either to criticize, flatter or make comparisons.
Color of Man, Not to Mention When identifying another human being, try to identify them by some other attribute other than color. Say, ‘The man on the far right, ‘ instead of ‘The white man on the far right.’ Say ‘The woman who is sitting, ‘ rather than ‘The black woman who is sitting.’ I recognize no true need for color distinction unless there is no other way.
Illusory Distinctions To me all are the same- color, sex, race or creed are illusory distinctions- there is one human race.
Prejudice Not Justified Prejudice is rooted in ignorance and false views. No degree of prejudice can ever be justified.