Neo-Vitalism is a philosophy generally discarded by present-day science as something not visible, not measurable and altogether not understandable. However, in actuality, Neo-Vitalism works from the understanding that all organic systems in the universe are conscious, self-developing, self-maintaining and self-healing. Neo-Vitalism has “re-ground” the lens of classical vitalism to look at our world with the understanding that the universe is full of energy, composed of elements like relationships and experiences, not just oxygen and cells. “Consciousness means that we have the ability to form relationships; that we have curiosity and creativity; and that we have the ability to grow, expand and evolve,” says Dr. Riekeman.

Why you should watch

Learn the difference between vitalism and mechanism and how these perspectives impact our understanding of living systems – and how vitalism reasons from the understanding that we can’t put life under a microscope and measure it.


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Dr. Guy F. Riekeman is the president of Life University in Marietta, Georgia. He brings an uplifting vision and a wealth of practical experience to this critical leadership position, consistently demonstrating a unique ability to articulate meaning and inspire discipline for far-reaching success.

Dr. Riekeman obtained his chiropractic degree in 1972 from Palmer College of Chiropractic. He created companies and seminar programs to improve chiropractic practice and facilitate personal growth. Quest, founded in 1987, became one of the most acclaimed of such enterprises, helping doctors worldwide with both business and patient care. Dr. Riekeman is a highly sought motivational speaker.

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