: The vitality, well being and wholeness of a living system
As humans we have come to learn that what happens inside our bodies is directly affected by what happens around us. We no longer perceive ourselves as separate beings, but instead as complex adaptive systems-within-systems. Our concepts of health have evolved with our awareness and we know that our thoughts and emotions have an impact on our health.
This sphere therefore is perhaps one of the most dynamically shifting areas of human understanding. As our awareness of whole-systems expands, we begin to see and experience the interconnectedness of everything to the extent that boundaries are beginning to disappear and taking us to unimaginable heights when it comes to our health--caring.
Oneness in health promotes a model of healing in which personal relationships, emotions, meaning and belief systems are viewed as fundamental points of connection between body, mind, spirit, society and nature. Oneness medicine embraces the recognition that human beings possess emotional, spiritual, and relational dimensions that are essential in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the cultivation of wellness.
Like in matters of science, some fundamental questions that arise around questions of health are: who is the healer and who is the healed? Science now confirms that the two are never separate. The scientist is never separate from that which he/she observes. Inevitably these questions also deal with aspects of power and unfortunately with this, also harm.
Oneness in health is an opportunity to consider what the statement “all healing is self-healing” and what the 2 000 year old Hippocratic Oath “do no harm to your patients” really means. Those who developed the oath would have realised that of all the power that a physician has (much of which is undoubtedly beneficial and positive) there is also the unprecedented capacity to harm a person, legally. It was also understood that there were two ways to do harm: sins of commission and sins of omission. A physician can harm a patient with what he knows; but even more so, with what he does not know.
On the positive side, the aim of considering Oneness in health, healing and medicine is to utilize as complete and as comprehensive an approach as possible in treating any illness—while, of course, remaining fully cognizant of the many economic and pragmatic realities and constraints. Although Oneness in health recognises and includes the pioneering “holistic," "allopathic," "alternative," and "complementary” approaches, Oneness health/medicine is much wider in its reach and more grounded in empirical research, and more effectively related to comprehensive models of human psychology and consciousness. Oneness includes the enduring and effective elements of complimentary as well as conventional medicine whilst launching something completely new.
In the carving of a new Oneness health/medicine model typical traditional challenges and dilemmas are considered:
• Desired level of involvement of the physician with his/her patient. For years medical students have been taught that it is not good to get emotionally involved with their patients as a sincere attempt to bring an effective, dispassionate and scientific approach to healing an illness.
• The mind/body challenge that deals with the question that humans have some sort of consciousness and free will whilst physical science proceeds as if reality is a closed, materialistic and physical system. The conventional medical approach more or less forces a physician to treat a patient as if the patient were essentially a biophysical or material system with one physical intervention after another physical intervention. This happens whilst neither the patient nor the doctor perceive themselves as something purely physical.
• The question of the effectiveness of conventional medicine in the absence of patient compliance.
• The major dilemma of where to locate the illness – the entity itself as well as its cause. This question is especially relevant in the field of mental health.
Because the conventional physician needs to be effective, he/she often find themselves becoming less of a human being. A Oneness approach to health and healing treats the person, the illness, as well as the physician. Instead of establishing which methodology is right and which is wrong, it rather asks: "What kind of a World is it that allows all of those methodologies to arise and be necessary in the first place?"
The healing of this Sphere is based of the premise that we are not our bodies, but that we are Spirit having a human experience. And through the lens of Oneness it is clear that in some mysterious way everything is connected to everything else, so all illness is somehow deeply embedded in networks, systems, and chains of pathology. And if we wanted to answer the question about the location of an ‘illness’, then we must also examine what it is that is meant by ‘health.” Can a person be healthy when he/she experiences him/her-self as spiritually malnourished? And should, and how can a doctor treat this?
The stage is set for the extraordinary miracle that we will begin to understand that which most of us yet do not understand: healing.