Learning to Think Holistically

More and more, I see how our Westernized, segmented mindset has negatively influenced so many aspects of our lives. From church to education to health and nutrition to just about everything in our lives…we compartmentalize and fail to see how “the whole is more important than the parts” (to borrow an art phrase from one of my former teachers). We don’t notice how many things work together and influence each other.
A great example is education. We divide and compartmentalize education by subject, grade level, etc. etc. But can’t we see that when you involve your children in your everyday life, they are getting an education in so many subjects, on so many different learning levels, all at the same time? Cooking, for example, involves math, science, reading, and of course, quality family time and probably some character development, as well. (This is why I am hosting the Lifeschooling Conference this summer in Charlotte, NC).
And church. Of course there is a lot of compartmentalizing going on with our spiritual lives. We go to church and understand Scripture and can see what Bible characters made mistakes. Then we go home and proceed to live our lives according to our own “common sense” and reasoning, forgetting that those things should apply to every aspect of our lives. We forget to question all of our decisions against Scripture and live according to what it says. It somehow doesn’t apply to certain areas because we don’t think of certain areas of life as having spiritual implications. Doing the dishes and walking the dog have nothing to do with the spiritual, right?
Health is another huge one. So many people think that one symptom has one specific cause and that none are related, when in fact, there are probably many factors all working together to overload the body and make it toxic so that it reacts in some specific way. We have to learn to think of the body as a whole, not as individual parts. When you simplify it, every sick person’s body has an immune system that is overwhelmed and can’t fight. Lots of factors can lead to this, but that is the bottom line: A toxic body that can no longer fight.
It takes practice and discipline to start seeing how everything works together as a whole. It takes a lot of asking “why”…and then asking it again even when you have an answer. There are usually multiple levels of “why” and you have to dig deep to get to the very bottom. Three-year-olds KNOW what they are doing! 😉 That curiosity is valuable and important. Let’s try this with a health issue, for example. Let’s say you have a headache. Many people would end it right there and either pop a pain killer or use an essential oil. But WHY do you have a headache? Maybe you are dehydrated? Bingo! You have your answer, right?
Well, sort of. But WHY are you dehydrated? Because you didn’t drink enough water? Maybe. But what if you did (according to your body weight)? Then maybe you are needing more water than the average person. Okay, there’s the answer, right? You have a headache because you are needing more water than the average person. Okay, but WHY? WHY are you different? Maybe because it’s allergy season and your body is dealing with a toxic overload that it is trying to get rid of? You have a headache because your body can’t handle all the pollen, so you are needing more water in order for your body to get rid of the overload of toxins. But WHY does your body react to pollen when not everyone’s does?
Maybe because there are other things in your life that are adding to the toxic burden on your body. How clean is your diet (organic food, pure water, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables)? What about your environment (chemicals on your yard, neighbor’s yard, household cleaners, air fresheners, etc.)? Your emotional and spiritual state (stress, spiritual problems, anger, etc.)? It is this process of “WHY thinking” that helped me to understand that while there are many factors going on as to why a person gets sick, when you start asking why over and over again, it usually comes down to the same few questions…just with varying answers. Clean food, environment, and spiritual state has an effect on the health of the body as a whole, and all these diseases are really interrelated and affect each other because of that fact.
But what about diseases? True diseases like Lyme? Ah, yes. My husband has an immaculate diet and environment. He has done cleanses and seems to do everything right. But he’s still sick. Well, again, it comes down to toxicity. His body, despite doing everything else right, is still in a state of toxic overload, thanks to a nasty little spirochete called Borellia Bogdorfi that is very hard to kill. But, WHY did he get Lyme in the first place? Because his immune system was in a weakened state due to stress and a diet that really was not quite as good as it should have been…toxic overload. Cleaning up his diet and environment has helped significantly, but some viruses are tougher (much tougher) than others, and it has taken years in his case. In these situations, a person needs to go into a defensive mode of taking herbs, vitamins, and homeopathic treatments to fight the sickness head-on. And this has worked for Jon, as his Lyme is now at a “0” on the scale of 0-10! But physical damage from the Lyme is now what we deal with. Anyway, I digress a bit. But you get the point that I am generally making, right? Our Westernized, compartmentalized thinking leads us to complicate things too much.
Hope these random thoughts get you thinking a little. Sometimes I feel alone in these thought processes. But it is my desire to help others so that they don’t feel overwhelmed by these issues. Learn to ask why and to look at the whole, not just the parts. It will help you in so many areas of life!
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