A Principle of Wholeness
To understand how an organism in the natural world can trigger healing in another organism we must first understand both organisms and nature. For this, we begin by examining what exactly we mean by the whole, and continue by exploring the fundamental principles active and common to all that lies within this whole.
Wholeness is one of the most fundamental of all principles. It lies at the heart of life. It is the principle of wholeness on which so many other truths of our experience rely. Wholeness is not just a subjective sense but is an objective and logical fact of our existence. It is a matter of common sense. It is true. How do we know when something is true? Truth is obvious, clear, simple and indisputable. If it is not these, then it is not truth.
"It is easy for you to understand great truth expressed in simple terms because great truth is always simple."
—Brown Landone, The ABC of Truth, 1926.
Wholeness yields so much in terms of our reality. Because it is one of the most fundamental truths of existence, failing to understand it can have negative effects on the health of those who reject (or fail to embrace) it. The body is not immune to our perspectives and can and will suffer for the bad wiring of our poor ideas. After all, our systems are made up of complex, interacting fields of electromagnetic energy. A rejection of wholeness can undermine the full expression, open interaction and delicate balance of these energies. Yet, this obstacle to health can be overturned by becoming more acquainted with the principle. With that in mind, let us look closer at the principle of wholeness.
The Principle of Wholeness.
The circle is a widely-accepted symbol for wholeness. This makes sense. A whole is something that is complete in and of itself. When you inscribe a circle, you have drawn a circumference, and everything inside the circle is obviously included in this whole. However, though the inscribed circle works as a symbol, because a line has been drawn (and there is a circumference present), there is a sense of exclusion for all that might lie outside of this circle. Can we, instead, imagine a wholeness that never stops– that continues beyond the circumference of the circle and goes on forever? Let’s not draw the circle to begin with. Let’s simply accept that, when speaking of wholeness, we are including every imaginable (and even unimaginable) thing.
Let’s agree that the whole is everything possible– with the understanding that we are not entirely sure what that might include. In fact, let’s simply see it as possibility. This would necessarily include everything that lies within the realm of possibility. Nothing would be left out, whether it’s atoms, clouds, frog legs, the big dipper, galaxies, black holes, petunias, redwood trees, mosquitoes, the Rocky Mountains, and on and on. It would also include all things that have yet to be actualized. All these things together combine to form this whole– this single whole, for there is only one. All things are part of the one whole. We are a part of it. This article is part of it. The words in this sentence. There are parts within parts within parts.
As human beings, we too are made of parts, and those parts are made up of smaller parts down to an infinitesimal level. All these parts work in relationship to keep our bodies alive and working. Beyond our bodies, we are parts as we have relationships with other human beings. We may also be a part of an organization– a bowling team, etc. We are part of a community. Whether that community gathers together to celebrate this fact or not, we are still very much a part of it. We are part of the earth, which is part of a solar system which is part of a galaxy, and so on.
There is an ongoing interaction among parts. We require food, water and air as an organism. We consume parts. We are in a constant functional relationship with other parts. We would not last very long if it were not for these interactions. All life, in fact, depends on these relationships and interactions. As energy organized in form, made up of parts, we are dependent on other organisms. Whether directly or indirectly, we interact with all other parts within the whole. We are all in this together– all of us– everything. Have you ever considered to what degree our health depends on the level and quality of these ongoing relationships?
Before we go deeply into the relationships and the parts, let’s look at what we’ve established so far. We understand that there is one whole, and this one whole includes all things. We’ve established that nothing exists outside of this whole. Because it is all one, there are fundamental truths that are common for all things that exist within it. We will now explore those fundamental truths.
The Three Fundamentals.
The three fundamentals are Body, Mind and Spirit. These are common enough terms bandied about by those in holistic healing circles, but what they represent on a more esoteric level is not often written about in any real depth. For our purposes, and the understandings that I wish to convey here, we will substitute Body with Matter, Mind with Consciousness and Spirit we will leave as Spirit. These three fundamental aspects lie at the deepest level of our reality, interacting with one another at the most primary levels within and throughout the one whole. These are only words, mind you, so as much as I would like to impress that they are important, any effort on our part to describe this phenomenon will obviously pale in the face of the reality itself. Still, it is of great value to try and get at this dynamic for there is much that we can recognize and appreciate– and that appreciation further translates into an understanding that can improve our health. Before we go deeper into fundamental trinity of Consciousness, Spirit and Matter, we will take a closer look at what we call Nature.