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Welcome to the 1996/97 edition of "The Directory of Holistic Practices and Providers of Eastern Long Island". It is both an honor and a privilege for me to have taken on the role as publisher/editor and continue with the founding aspirations set forth by Bea Lothrop. Her hard work and vision has given "The Directory" the integrity it is currently known for and it is my goal to see it maintain its strength and move forward with its success.

Being swept up in the currents of the Holistic movement can be an invigorating yet uncertain time. For many of us it means altering our ingrained perceptions of how we characterize health. One of the key factors in the concept of holism is the taking responsibility for ones own life. This holds true for both clients and practitioners alike. As we are each individuals with our own paths to travel, we find that there is no "one" charted map to follow in achieving the utmost truth in personal health and well being. As more and more people turn their attention towards holistic approaches, the need for a comprehensive resource guide or "tool" has become an essential one. For there are many modalities from which to choose and it is up to each of us to find and utilize that which is best suited for our own personal needs and growth.

At this time I d like to extend my special thanks to Nancy Privett, Christine Coolidge, Robin Lechner, Jerimiah P. Huck, and Master Bob Klein for their literary contributions, to Rand Weeks and Mark West for their editorial expertise, again to Robin Lechner for leading me to this opportunity, to Bea Lothrop for not only believing in me, but for all the guidance she has provided, and of course to all who have supported "The Directory".

"And so, for the first time in my life perhaps I took the lamp, and went down into my inmost self. But as I moved further and further away from the conventional certainties, I became aware that I was losing contact with myself. At each step of the decent a new person was disclosed within me... and when I had to stop my exploration because the path faded, I found a bottomless abyss at my feet, and out of it came - arising I know not whence - the current which I dare to call my life."

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