Mental, emotional and physical levels are always in dynamic interaction with internal and external stimuli.
The first and fundamental task of a professional who has dedicated himself to the study and practice of medicine is to reestablish health in a sick person. It is therefore crucial for a therapist to ask “What are the laws and principles governing the function of the human being in both – health and disease?”
Through understanding these laws, the practitioner can bring healing to the individual. It is also important in order to differentiate a true cure from just shifting or alleviating the symptoms.
The human organism is not an isolated being. Every individual is connected with larger contexts of physical, social, political and spiritual influences. The laws ruling the universe are not separate from those that govern the functions of living organisms.
The human organism evolved to function interactively and compatibly in the environment for mutual benefit.
Any imbalance inevitably leads to destruction, which diminishes both the human being and the environment in which he lives. Consciousness and awareness should enable human beings to live according to the laws of Nature and to achieve the highest possibilities of evolution.
Instead, we find ourselves in the midst of disorder and disease. In spite of technological advancement, we see terrible damage being done to the atmosphere, the water and the land. Our economic systems cause competition, violence, war and hunger. Consequently we see more and more degeneration of the human race.
We witness a decrease of health worldwide.
Why is it so? Mankind has gradually lost inner awareness of the laws of nature. As we deviate from these laws a vicious cycle is established that creates tremendous problems.
There are many possible responses to environmental influences. Some people seem to be relatively unaffected by external or internal disturbances. But most people experience slight or severe imbalances that we call dis-ease in the broadest use of the term. These disturbances manifest themselves in very individualistic ways, but always can be seen as the organism’s inability to cope with internal or external influences.
When we consider the human being as a totality, it is clear that the disturbances are showing up not only on the physical level but on all levels of existence, the mental, the emotional and the spiritual level in varying degrees.
Some people throughout their life are blessed with vibrant health, even with minimal hours of sleep, unhealthy diet and life difficulties. Other people feel overwhelmed by little stress, need many hours of sleep and rest, and suffer from various symptoms after a slight change of their regular diet.
Why is it, that some people can cope with stress easily and others not? This is a basic question which has separated two major traditions of medical thinking throughout our Western history. On one hand the rational tradition which led to our modern medicine focuses on what concrete factors lead to sickness.
On the other hand the empiric tradition focuses on the question: “What enables a person to remain healthy despite many negative influences”?
This question leads automatically to the role of the defense mechanism which is to maintain a state of “homeostasis” as a state of equilibrium. This mechanism is constantly trying to keep balance – unfortunately not always successfully.
If the stimuli are stronger than the organism’s resistance, symptoms occur either on the mental, the emotional or the physical level. They are the result of the struggle of the defense mechanisms to counteract disturbing influences either from the universe, the solar system, the nation, the society, the geographical location and/or the family.
The human being is a whole integrated entity. When it comes to health or disease we need to know the functioning in its totality, not only in fragmented parts.