Wholeness is a concept that refers to a state of being complete, unified, or interconnected. It emphasizes the idea that everything in existence is interconnected and part of a larger whole. It encompasses the understanding that individual parts or elements are interconnected and interdependent, and that they contribute to the overall functioning and harmony of a system or entity.
In various fields, such as psychology, philosophy, and systems thinking, wholeness is explored as a fundamental principle. It suggests that individuals, societies, and ecosystems are not merely a collection of separate parts, but rather complex systems where each element influences and is influenced by the others.
Wholeness acknowledges the intrinsic connections and relationships between different aspects of life, highlighting the importance of considering the whole rather than isolating or reducing things to their individual components. It encourages holistic thinking, recognizing the interplay between mind, body, and spirit, as well as the interconnectedness of individuals with their environment.
The concept of wholeness invites a shift in perspective, encouraging us to view reality as a unified and integrated tapestry, fostering a sense of harmony, balance, and interconnectedness. It promotes an appreciation for the intricate relationships between diverse elements and encourages a holistic approach to understanding and engaging with the world.
Naio™ looks at each person as a microcosm within a macrocosm. The body as a process of being and becoming, of Physis. The Open Order of Dynamic Wholeness orchestrates living experience. The body is perceived as a dynamic moving whole in process, that includes the interconnection of the ecological, ancestral, and cultural milieu as well as the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of each person. ~ Prue Jeffries, Founder of Naio
DAVID BOHM ON WHOLENESS
The physicist David Bohm’s concept of wholeness centers on the idea that the universe is not composed of separate, isolated entities, but rather a coherent whole. He felt the universe all its constituents are fundamentally interconnected, interdependent and indivisible. According to Bohm, wholeness entails a deep sense of unity and integration. It suggests that all phenomena and aspects of existence are intricately linked, and their understanding requires an exploration of their relationships within the larger context. Wholeness goes beyond reductionist approaches that attempt to analyze and understand things in isolation, emphasizing the need to consider the whole system and its underlying processes. According to Bohm, wholeness involves more than just the sum of its parts. It entails a deeper, underlying order that connects and sustains everything. He proposed that reality consists of an implicate order, a hidden level of interconnectedness, from which the explicate order, the manifest world, unfolds.
Bohm’s concept of wholeness extends beyond physical entities and encompasses the realm of thought and consciousness as well. He believed that fragmentation in thought contributes to the illusion of separateness and limits our perception of the whole. He saw fragmentation and the inability to perceive wholeness as sources of various problems in society, such as conflicts and environmental issues. Bohm believed that cultivating a sense of wholeness, both individually and collectively, can lead to more harmonious relationships and a more coherent understanding of reality. By cultivating an awareness of this fragmentation and actively engaging in dialogue and inquiry, individuals can move toward a more holistic understanding and experience of wholeness.
Bohm’s concept of wholeness emphasizes the interconnected nature of reality, transcending boundaries and divisions. It calls for a holistic perspective that acknowledges the interdependence of all phenomena, both physical and non-physical, and encourages active participation and dialogue to deepen our understanding and experience of the whole.
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