OUR HOLISTIC PHYSIOLOGY
"Each generation presents to the universe a population of people who have just the right ingredients in them to make the world better for that epoch. Each person is an utterly crucial cell in this mystical body of humanity. Our work on ourselves makes us healthy enough to transcend our fears and attachments so that we can make our unique contribution to the world. There is synchronicity in the fact that here and now the world always has just the human resources it needs to further its evolution as befits our era. Our work is to become fit for our part." - Dr. David Richo, The Power of Coincidence: How Life Shows Us What We Need To Know
Benoit Mandelbrot, a mathematician and a pioneer in the field of fractal geometry, developed the “theory of roughness in nature” that supports the concept of self-similar patterns suggesting that “they are the same as near as from far”. When it is applied to cosmology, as above so below, it can very well sustain the connection that is being proposed between man and the universe. The interaction of the human race with itself and its surroundings, in turn, is the microcosm to the body of the planetary “entity”. Essentially, we are but tiny cells in the physiology of a living planetary body. The planet then goes on to reflect itself in its relationship with the solar system and then even bigger versions of microcosmic existences in the macrocosmic universe.
“[Plato’s] Timaeus, a strange and fascinating work, so enigmatic that it challenges the student to identify its nature and purpose. Is it intended as a work on cosmology or on physiology?” – Colin Murray Turbayne, Metaphors for the Mind: The Creative Mind and Its Origins, p. 22, University of South Carolina Press, 1991
Yet no matter how unimaginably vast and unreachable the physical universe is to us, we still have not even begun to consider the incalculability and unfathomable nature of the inner universe of man’s psyche. We are left to move in complete darkness when we are forced to ponder on the landscape of this invisible world. Just as a man of science will devote his entire life on discoveries that assist in the technological evolution of humanity; seers, philosophers and the mystics devout their very existence to bring to us some level of understanding of this unseen and irrational world. Unfortunately, the use of language is typically inadequate in describing the unspeakable nature of this world. The struggle to illuminate by the use of the rational mind falls short and rarely works so much so that we are left with a quagmire of unrelated symbols and metaphors. We see snippets and brief reflections of this world in the works of poets, painters, philosophers and composers. Sadly, as if the very entrance to this world is closing in, we no longer perceive among us the great seers of yesteryears. Aside from technological pioneers and thinking gurus, we have not really given much reverence and consideration to those who can ignite and invoke the very heart of man and his kind.
So is it any wonder then that our sense of fulfillment, happiness and success depends on our relationship to, firstly, ourselves and then to everything and everyone around us? Life, in both the inner and the outer worlds, is a system of relationships. This is true even at the most miniscule level. In a culture that has generally lost sight of one’s inner universe and has set its attention on the wonders of technology and economic aptitude, the manifestation of collective soul is in our dis-ease with life itself instead of showing up in the advantages of modern existence. The breakneck speed of daily living is a reality that most of us adhere to in order to survive the rat race of modern civilization. Humanity sometimes feels like a runaway train that, at any instant, threatens to derail itself unless we run out of steam. Collectively, hitting the brakes is not an option. Lately, more of us are finding ourselves either jumping off the collective train or are forcibly pushed off by circumstances beyond our control. If we survive the fall and manage to collect ourselves and our composure, we are handed two options: regret that it happened and run after the next train; OR get up, brush yourself off and find your own cadence. When we allow ourselves to proceed towards a different rhythm and a slower cadence; we open up to a deeper calling. Hidden still behind the veil are the unconscious needs and aspirations of our true Self to impress upon the world a life filled with unmapped possibilities.
So what if at some crucial moment in our lives we start to feel empty and without purpose? Is this not a sign that the soul within us is stirring? That a life with meaning must be intuited?
Americans consumed ¾ of the world’s supply of anti-depressants.
It is not surprising that depression hits one in ten of us at any given time. Equally disturbing is to note that the rate of increase in depression among children is at 23 percent. By 2020, depression will be the second largest cause of death after heart disease.
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 NIMH report on Mental Illness in America
 Harvard University, Harvard mental health newsletter
 WHO report on Mental Illness
We must turn our attention to why the mental health community must reconsider the classification of depression not just as a mental condition but also as an energetic/etheric one, worthy of a more holistic approach in healing. Since our emotional nature is closely linked to our astral and physical bodies, it makes more sense that any disease that points to this must be addressed as such. Just as long as we interpret life in terms of moods and feelings – most notably when we react with moments of darkness, despair, doubt and depression - the liberation must rest on overall relief, not just mental. Although emotions can distort and deceive the way we think and feel about ourselves, it is altogether the root of the problem - not the effect and/or outcome.