It really does seem that everything is a separate entity, doesn’t it? We do seem so different from other people. Even in our inner body, all our organs really do seem to be just parts. It is hard to imagine wholeness. It’s hard to realize that everything is intricately woven together in an unseen matrix that represents the background of all existence. Can you imagine what our universe would look like if it just was a patchwork of parts that had no connecting link? Maybe like the novice auto mechanic who has dissembled a car and all the parts were lying on the garage floor with no resemblance of their former whole car.
To see wholeness everywhere we have to practice seeing the pattern of wholeness.
Look at a flower. It has parts: the petals, stamen, anther, pistil, sepals, but they could not make the flower without each other…none can stand alone as “flower.”
Going beyond nature, we can see wholeness in human communities. What does it take to create a community? Schools, a government of some sort, police, fire fighters, businesses, homes, people who make the community work…none alone is a town or city.
To be able to see the whole beyond the parts is a way of being, a natural way of living. Choosing to see the whole is what we can holism. In traditional Western medicine, there is a specialty for every organ and body part, but eventually there has to be a realization that there is a whole human being at the core of these parts and even though there appears to be organ parts, there really is a whole system of energy connections that keeps you and me in perfect harmony. Every part affects the whole and the whole affects every part. To break everything down to component parts is called “reductionism” and is in complete opposition to the idea of holism.
Nature is a system of holism. You and I are systems of holism. It’s been several decades since the idea of mind-body-spirit has come to the forefront of our thinking. What we think affects our body and our basic spiritual nature.
Many years ago when I was in pediatric practice in Plano, TX I had a young boy as a patient who periodically would spike a high fever and have absolutely no other symptoms. After many office visits where I carefully examined him and questioned his mother, and ran blood tests (all of which were normal), one day the mother asked me a very unusual question (at least it was unusual to me at that time in my own development as a physician): “Dr. B, I just realized that every time my boy gets these high fevers it is after his father has been very upset with him and yelled at him. Do you think this could have any role to play with his getting sick so often?”
Even though I was already beginning to see the role the mind plays on the body, I was surprised at her question. I immediately answered, “yes, I think it is possible.”
The father finally was able to control his emotional, angry outbursts at his 3 year old son, and the fever episodes stopped immediately. I will never forget this case. Now that I have been transformed into a holistic doctor, the causal events to so many illnesses and chronic diseases are foremost in my mind as I consult with my patients.
Choosing to live holistically certainly is a high form of existence and leads to health and happiness, a sense of total well being. Learning to see the whole picture adds greatly to problem-solving and creative expression. Take time every day to see beyond “parts” and begin to realize the holism that is the framework of our universe.