A VITALIST VIEW OF HEALTH
1 – On the nature of things
What are the things that we see and do not see around us?
THEY ARE MATTER in a simplistic comprehension.
The objects around us, the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, our bodies, THEY ARE MATTER. The air, we cannot see, but it is matter as well.
AND THERE IS LIGHT.
How do we explain LIGHT? Is it matter? At the beginning they could not classify LIGHT as MATTER, so they called it ENERGY.
And the warmth of our bodies? And the magnetism of the poles?
They could not classify them as matter either, SO THEY CALLED THEM ENERGY OR FORCE.
So, basically, in a simplified system, WE LIVE IN AN UNIVERSE MADE OF MATTER AND ENERGY.
2 – On matter and energy
What is matter?
If you go further investigating matter, you find out that it is not as solid as we see. MATTER IS COMPOSED OF SMALLER PARTICLES, and if you go further, YOU GET TO THE POINT OF FINDING ATOMS AND SUBATOMIC PARTICLES and even smaller particles composing the subatomic ones.
And guess…THESE TINY PARTICLES THEY ARE NOT STATIC, THEY VIBRATE,
THEY VIBRATE IN DIFFERENT WAYS, BUT THEY ALWAYS DO
IT IS A DANCE
What about light?
And if you go further investigating light, YOU FIND OUT THAT IT IS NOT A CONTINUOUS FLOW OF ENERGY, YOU CAN SEE BUNDLES OF LIGHT.
IT MEANS MATTER BEHAVES AS ENERGY, SINCE ITS PARTICLES ARE ALWAYS VIBRATING.
AND LIGHT BEHAVES AS MATTER SINCE IT IS NOT CONTINUOUS, BUT COMPOSED OF PACKS OF ENERGY.
MATTER IS ENERGY
ENERGY IS MATTER
AND IT ALL VIBRATES
IT IS FUNDAMENTAL FOR CURE.
Sound wave tree by Fabian Burgy
3 – A model for the vitalist view of health
What does this drawing remind you of?
IT IS A PENDULUM
IT’S THE REPRESENTATION OF A PENDULUM
So, at this point, we came to understand that in the universe everything vibrates, and it can be observed for the microcosm.
In terms of a broader representation, which also corresponds to the macrocosm, we can say that IT ALL OSCILATES.
WHAT IS OSCILATION?
TO VARY IN POSITION FROM A CENTRAL POINT.
FOR THE MICRO IT ALL VIBRATES
FOR THE MACRO IT ALL OSCILATES
WE VIBRATE AND OSCILATE
As the same with matter and energy
VIBRATION IS OSCILATION
OSCILATION IS VIBRATION
but let us consider OSCILATION AS to vary the position MUCH MORE IN AMPLITUDE THAN IN PERIODICITY, as it would be the case with vibration.
Foucault’s pendulum at The Franklin Institute
4 – On life
What is life?
ACTION AND NON ACTION
Let us take the breathing function
WHEN WE INSPIRE, WE ACT, WE CONTRACT
WHEN WE EXPIRE, WE DO NOT ACT, WE RELAX
You can also understand oscilation through ACTION and NON ACTION.
The human body, animals, plants, nature, the universe function like this, IN CYCLES
WE HAVE CYCLES IN THE HUMAN BODY.
WE CALL THEM CIRCADIAN CYCLES.
IN NATURE, WE CALL THEM NATURAL CYCLES, like the seasons.
Photo by Rubber boots and elf shoes
Finally, we will put some colors in our model.
The red arrows indicate the CENTRAL POINT and also the pendular movement of going and returning.
Remember again it is only a flat model, but…
IT SHOULD BE THREE, FOUR DIMENSIONAL, DYNAMIC AND MUCH MORE COMPLEX; IT SHOULD BE UNDERSTOOD AS A BALL OF THREADS IN MANY DIRECTIONS, IN MANY DIMENSIONS, IN SEVERAL LEVELS OF LIFE.
LIFE IS ACTION AND NON ACTION
What is action?
TO VARY IN POSITION FROM THE CENTRAL POINT
What is non action?
TO RETURN TO THE CENTRAL POINT
We have cycles in life
Some of them will repeat until we die, like breathing, you cannot stop cycling.
Other cycles have a beginning, a duration and an end; like a project, a job, a journey, an enterprise, even a relationship, the event of life in itself.
5- On health
What is health?
We may find many definitions about health and well being, but this is one of the most deep and assertive that I have known.
IN THE STATE OF HEALTH THE VITAL DYNAMIS, WHICH ANIMATES THE INDIVIDUAL, HARMONICALLY COORDINATES SENSATIONS AND FUNCTIONS SO AS HE OR SHE CAN FREELY EMPLOY THIS LIVING HEALTHY INSTRUMENT IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE HIS OR HER HIGHEST PURPOSES IN EXISTENCE.
If we apply this definition to our pendular model, what would it mean?
THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO OSCILATE IN ANY DIRECTION, ANY DIMENSION, AND ANY LEVEL WE WISHED, WE WANTED…FROM THE CENTRAL POINT OF NON ACTION, TO THE HIGHEST AMPLITUDE OF ACTION NECESSARY;
AND AFTER COMPLETING THE ACTION, WE WOULD RELAX AND SPONTANEOUSLY RETURN TO THE CENTRAL POINT.
Some cycles we would perform until the exhaustion of our vital energy, like breathing.
Some cycles we would perform once, twice, few or many times and HAVING COMPLETED OUR PURPOSE, OUR ACTION, WE WOULD NATURALLY BE RELEASED FROM IT.
Art by Alex Grey
6 – On illness
What is illness?
Once you have defined health it is easier to define illness because it can be understood as the opposite or the lack.
IN THE STATE OF ILLNESS THE VITAL DYNAMIS, WHICH ANIMATES THE INDIVIDUAL, DOES NOT HARMONICALLY COORDINATE SENSATIONS OR FUNCTIONS, SO HE OR SHE CANNOT FREELY EMPLOY THIS LIVING UNHEALTHY INSTRUMENT TO ACHIEVE HIS OR HER HIGHEST PURPOSES IN EXISTENCE.
AND THEN APPLIED TO OUR PENDULAR MODEL:
WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO OSCILATE IN ALL THE DIRECTIONS, DIMENSIONS, LEVELS WE WISHED, OR WE WANTED
NOR WE WOULD BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THE HIGHEST AMPLITUDE POSSIBLE FOR OUR ACTION, RESPECTING OUR CONSTITUTION.
MAYBE WE COULD NOT EVEN COMPLETE THE CYCLE, OR THE ACTION, AND STILL WE COULD NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN SPONTANEOUSLY TO THE CENTRAL POINT IN OUR RELAXATION, IN OUR NON ACTION.
TO A POINT THAT WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ACT NOR TO NON ACT COMPLETELY.
Who has not lived this state of illness in life?
We all have already lived it at some moment. Maybe, we were able to overcome it and recover completely.
But, some of us still carry it as chronic conditions or limitations, mental, physical, in a way which is absolutely unique and peculiar to each of us.
Art by Alex Grey
7- On the peculiarity of the state of health and the process of sickening
There are no two persons on the surface of Earth who have become ill in exactly the same way.
WE ARE UNIQUE AND PECULIAR IN OUR LIVING HEALTHY EXPRESSION
WE ARE UNIQUE AND PECULIAR IN OUR ACTIONS
WE ARE UNIQUE AND PECULIAR IN OUR ILLNESS
For the healing to take place KNOWLEDGE GOES NO FURTHER THAN THE NECESSITY TO UNDERSTAND THE TOTAL, UNIQUE AND PECULIAR MANIFESTATION OF THE IMBALANCE, OF THE PROCESS OF ILLNESS OF THE INDIVIDUAL.
Although we may have a limited therapeutic arsenal at our disposition, it is the art of healing to know how to adapt it, combine it, apply it in a total, unique and peculiar way for each patient.
THE HEALING PROCESS IS PRESENCE AND INTERACTION
It is not only the remedy, it is not only the therapy, IT IS THE HEALER, IT IS THE PATIENT, IT IS AWARENESS THAT SPRINGS IN PRESENCE.
Art by Alex Grey