There are many terms used to describe natural healing; complementary and alternative medicine, integrated health, energy medicine, and wellness centers that provide holistic services. The word, “holistic” comes from “holism”, which sees an individual as a whole person; body, mind, emotions, and spirit. This “wholeness”, is often described as being “greater than the sum of it's parts”. In other words, the therapies and approaches used involve our whole lifestyle; how we live, how and what we eat, our sleep habits, how often we exercise; it considers our emotional and mental attitudes and beliefs, our environment and relationships, our routine habits and stresses. Basically, holistic health involves the understanding that everything we do, feel and think, has an impact on our state of health. It is directed to the well-being of our whole being. The holistic model is an approach to health care that emphasizes how to be truly well, emphasizing the quality of life and prevention of disease, as opposed to merely treating disease.
“Health Care” in America could more accurately be called, “disease care”. Almost all medical services treat symptoms of disease, as physicians intervene when we are sick or in a traumatic crisis. As the medical health care industry and the pharmaceutical companies have become big businesses, the way we look at the individual has become more fragmented and mechanized. Doctors roles are less about correcting the cause of the problem, and more about the treatment of the symptoms, where prescription drugs and surgery are the common options.
Holistic Health is not new, nor is it alternative. The healing principles that see an individual integrated with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions, have been active since our inception. With the development of modern chemistry and patenting chemical formulas at the turn of the 20th century, the integrative principles were gradually seen as pre-scientific. While the chemical revolution in the early 1900's did resolve some of the problems of infectious disease and controlled epidemics, it still has not solved the problem of chronic physical and mental illness.
The current medical model encourages us to rely on drugs and surgery as a relief from symptoms. We are taught to depend on our doctor and pharmaceuticals, instead of actively taking responsibility for our own health. One of the main premises of holistic health is to educate individuals to promote their own well-being, instead of giving their power away to the practitioner. This is not meant to blame the practitioner in any way, since there are many ways that people have given their power away, as we want others to tell us what to do. The shift in responsibility to the individual, however, will make health care more effective, as it encourages people to take an active role in their own health.
Holistic therapy has always been the primary medicine, as these beliefs are based on the awareness of the interconnectedness of all things. Ayervedic and Chinese medicine are ancient healing practices, yet what is old is new again, as we view these principles from an evolutionary perspective. We are in the midst of this evolution in our understanding of ourselves in relation to our universe, which is often referred to as the Paradigm Shift.
This shift can be seen in all aspects of our consciousness and world view. In the fields of science and health, it can primarily be described as a shift from the Newtonian model to the Einstein model of reality. The basis of the Newtonian perspective is called “mechanistic science”, which views the world and human body as an intricate machine.
It is a science based on third dimensional, observable matter, and other limiting beliefs, such as the survival of the fittest, genes determine your biology, and evolution is random. In the Einstein model of “quantum physics”, reality is seen as an evolution of all matter as an expression of energy. With the concept that “the field is the sole governing agent of the particle”, Einstein introduced the “Unified Field” model of reality, that describes a universal field of energy that connects all Creation.
This unified field or source field allows us to realize that nothing is really solid, but that everything is made of a spinning vortex of energy, with a black hole in the center. This field is conscious, and consciousness is energy and information. We are all connected to this field, as the microcosm of the macrocosm, and one with a holographic universe. The hologram is the concept that each fragment, or fractal, contains the pattern of the whole. Through this hologram of consciousness, a little change in our mind is mirrored everywhere in our world. This explains the wisdom of Ghandi's motto, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”
This new understanding is a bridge between science and spirituality, that has merged and converged the two seeming opposites into an experience of our oneness. We first experience that oneness within ourselves; body, mind, spirit, and then recognize our oneness with one another and all life. We are moving from fragmentation to wholeness. This paradigm shift is changing the way we see ourselves and our world.
Business, like everything, is evolving. The evolution of business is not just about production and technological advancements, but the evolution of ideas, beliefs, and thoughts. The dissatisfaction with the old mentality that viewed the business model as “every man for himself”, “it's a dog-eat-dog world”, and “he who dies with the most toys wins”, is evolving to a better way, as a reflection of our shift in consciousness.
The movement from competition to cooperation is the result of our awareness that we share a common purpose, that we are not separate from one another. Our differences don't make a difference. We are one earth, one humanity. Everything we think and do affects everyone else. We are all in this together. The quality of our future is dependent on our ability to cooperate together.
There is a great significance to the time in which we live. It is found in the global awakening, an evolution of consciousness all over the world. The belief systems that have kept people hostages are breaking down. The old ways of reacting and behaving are no longer appropriate. We can all feel the changes happening. We can all feel the pace of change. How will we respond to these changes? If we are to emulate Ghandi, and “be the change we wish to see in the world”, then it begins with us, we have to change from within.
We have evolved our perception of life from mere physical survival and an era of mental development through left-brained logic. Now, we are embarking on a global view of our interconnectedness, based on intuition, listening to our hearts, where the key idea is love and cooperation. Heart-centered consciousness creates a movement away from the “us and them” attitude of competition, to a new reality ethics of respect and mutual support.
These natural, guiding principles include the practice of the golden rule, understanding that giving and receiving are the same, and creating win-win situations.
The new paradigm has been described as a shift from ambition to meaning; and from success to purpose. It helps to examine our values. How can I want things more for someone else than myself? How may I serve? How can we support one another?
It helps to see your work as love in action. What do you love? What do you love to do? Does your work reflect your personal expression of love? When we do what we love, everything will change. When we put our heart into everything we do; our work, our relationships, and all our daily activities, we will manifest our highest purpose and potential. Our business ethics will become the same as our personal ethics.
If we keep doing what we have always done, we will keep stuck. People are longing for connection with people who care. You fulfill their needs by conducting business from the heart, and in doing so, enrich your own life, both financially and spiritually. Your vision and your integrity are what will take your business to the highest possible level, and bring you, and your customers, joy! This attitude is not just about exceptional customer service, it extends to an attitude change for bosses, employees, co-workers, friends, family, and all our relationships. It is a shift within us, from competition and judgment to cooperation and acceptance, that will truly make our work and our life, an expression of love, joy, and abundance.