SunRaven was founded and developed by Dr. Michael Finkelstein in 2005 while making his own transition from a purely physical orientation to life to one that is more holistic. As a doctor and healer, Michael would like us to consider reframing disease and illness as particularly auspicious opportunities to learn. The holistic perspective, then, emphasizes the significance in taking control of your own life. And the programs, activities and personal consultation in Integrative Medicine offered at SunRaven are designed to help individuals make better choices and move toward a greater state of health: wholeness and vitality, peace and tranquility. SunRaven was created as a space to hold this intention: that individuals and our society as a whole will learn and move forward in their evolution to achieve a state of peace, tranquility, harmony and balance that comes from the collective wisdom of our great teachers.
SunRaven is located in a beautiful setting and farm in Bedford in Westchester County, New York.
Dr. Finkelsteins’s work has evolved over the years from a rather typical internal medicine practice to a more healing oriented approach to health and wellness. He maintains his affiliations with the western medical world and has advanced further into areas of healing by learning from and associating with practitioners in a wide range of “complementary and alternative” fields. He has worked to cultivate relationships with other practitioners in the community to help individuals connect with those practices that are potentially going to bring about the greatest shift in their abilities to heal and remain whole.
Michael has a particular interest in Energy Medicine and has completed training as a level 2 Reiki practitioner. He also has read extensively studying the insights and wisdom offered to us by ancient earth based cultures and Nature.
Overall his work now is focused on integrating as much of this body of collective wisdom and science into something that is practical for individuals directly. His belief that everyone has the potential to reach a greater degree of resonance is the foundation for his optimism that greater health is within reach for all of us. He expects that those that will benefit most are ready to do more of what is necessary to achieve this for themselves. He also accepts that there are many paths which may offer hope; Michael works with each person as an individual to see with greater clarity the right one for them. Often this requires demystifying the unknown or releasing us from the habitual patterns of thought that the medical system, our culture and society impose and our fear holds on to. Ultimately, the right path has many elements, including both the medical sciences and “more natural” approaches.
Michael would like us to consider reframing disease and illness as particularly auspicious opportunities to learn. The lesson, then, becomes the objective. With that in mind, suffering is put into another context and wholeness can be more easily achieved and the potential for healing is far greater. SunRaven was created as a space to hold this intention: that individuals and our society as a whole will learn and move forward in their evolution – to achieve a state of peace, tranquility, harmony and balance that comes from the collective wisdom of our great teachers.
For more information, please visit www.sunraven.org
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He held the positions of Assistant Director of the Department of Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief of the Department of Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York.