The new ABC perspective of holistic healing is that you must realize that you are more than the sum of your body parts.
Is Your Life a Car or a Hologram?
The trouble is that people with chronic disease have usually accepted the world view of conventional medicine that the body is made of parts that are assembled into some sort of mechanical being. Parts can be removed with surgery or forced to work better with a drug if they malfunction. To conventional or mainstream medicine, the body is a car whose parts are either unnecessary (appendix, tonsils, gallbladders) or replaceable (hearts, livers, kidneys). In many emergencies and acute illnesses, the mainstream perspective and treatments can be life-saving. In chronic disease such as fibromyalgia, diabetes, thyroid, ms (multiple sclerosis), lyme disease, and lupus, it can lead to problems.
§ In one sense, a person is more like a hologram than a car. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts, and what each part does at the seemingly local level reflects the condition of the whole person at the global level. A hologram is a three-dimensional image produced by a coherent laser light.
The key feature of a hologram is that any part of a holographic film contains the whole image. Many systems of CAM, including acupuncture and homeopathy, explicitly recognize this holographic reality of the person and use it in their approach to diagnosis and treatment. CAM systems use the local symptoms as a clue to the overall (global) disturbance in the person.
The symptom is a complete, self-contained small picture (microcosm) of the complete big picture (macrocosm) that is the person’s disease. CAM (complimentary and alternative medicine) treatment ultimately targets the big picture (global) as it reveals itself in the small picture (local) disturbance.
Conventional Medicine vs. Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
Conventional medicine looks at molecules, which are the local level, and stays at the local level to treat the molecular behaviors. The best drugs in conventional medicine target specific cells and molecules, even subtypes of cells and molecules and their receptors in the body at the local level of scale. In contrast, CAM systems use the behaviors of the molecules in order to see the big picture behaviors of the whole system of which the molecules are a part.
Thus, mainstream medicine and systems of CAM approach diagnosis and treatment very differently. As a consumer of health care, you may not realize that you usually apply the much more familiar automobile, local world view of your body when you seek treatment.
You tend to often use the automobile world view even when you try CAM. You want something to fix the problem you experience in a body part. You usually don’t consider that the body part is simply doing its best to tell you that you are sick. Sickness in a body part is a biofeedback message back to you that you are out of balance, out of alignment with your Self and your environment.
Your body has wisdom – it knows that it isn’t a car. It knows that it is a hologram. Do you? If you have a symptom – a rash on your skin or a headache or a pain in a joint or diarrhea, you are sick, not your skin or head or joint or gut. It just happens that the only way your skin can manifest your sickness at its own local level is by way of a rash or a pimple.
In short, symptoms are a wake-up call from yourself to Your Self. This is true holistic healing in action. If you can look at your symptoms and diseases in a holographic way, you can come up with remarkable insights and plan your treatment better. Otherwise, every option seems just as good – or bad – as every other option – and there are a bewildering number of options out there from which to choose.