In the human body, immunity is built up typically by exposure to certain toxins or diseases. In the social body, we hope that once people are well aware of the consequences of certain decisions with adverse effects, that a similar kind of immunity will emerge. In this more aware state, society will offer people the right resources to build up strength, resilience, and adaptive ingenuity to achieve a flourishing period of integrative, holistic, and inclusive creativity.
Each individual’s subjective existence provides the framework for a sustainable life-cycle in connection with everything else in existence. When one cycle comes to completion, another cycle begins again in renewed form. Every cycle is an expression of creativity.
“Well, I wonder if we won’t notice that thought can do something other than prescribe to people what they have to do. It would be quite nice if thought could come to entirely think itself, if thinking could unearth what is unconscious in the very depth of what we think.” — Michel Foucault
Our bodies and our environment share the same material components. Oxygen not only appears all throughout our atmosphere but it also moves throughout our bloodstream. Atoms and molecules in just the right configuration provide the necessary conditions for our air, food, water, and shelter, and these atoms comprise the fundamental building blocks necessary for new life to emerge.
We can train our own environmental consciousness and help others to do the same. To live sustainably, we must envision ways to act in balance with nature.
Consciousness provides the foundation for this essential work. Holistic, integrative systems, incorporating sustainable practices in ecology—as well as in education, health, culture, and economy—all hinge upon the power of the mind to reshape our interactions in relation to inter-being.
The mysteries of consciousness are being mined to uncover potential healing properties. Psychologist, scientist, and social entrepreneur, Dr. Shamini Jain explores systems-based healing processes from the perspective of personal and societal empowerment.15 As an introduction to her work on her website, Jain asks, “What if there really is no divide between science and spirituality? Is the ability to heal ourselves science fiction, or actually science-based? What would the world look like if we were truly awakened to the depths of our healing potential?” Exploration toward these answers takes place through Jain’s foundation, the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI).16 According to her foundation, investigations into how humanity might come to exhibit the capacity for self-healing emerges through what’s known as biofield science. This branch of study considers how molecules, cells, and organs of living systems communicate through fields of energy to maintain health.
Launched from a hypothesis that the biofield activity of organisms can be altered to self-regulate the processes of a healthy living system, the implication is that our energies influence various facets of our physical, psychological, and spiritual integrity. But biofield science is just one of many emerging fields of study blending science and spirituality. What we are most fascinated by is how this area of investigation offers a holistic approach toward strengthening the relationships within our bodies, within our communities, and between our species and every other life-form on our planet.
There is no reason why science and spirituality should not work in harmony. Science can back up spiritual insights with data. Spiritual traditions can help guide scientific inquiry into the unknown. To achieve sustainability as a mindset, we believe in the importance of being open to receiving wisdom from many sources, from not only the elements of wind, water, fire, and air, but also from the plants, animals, and people who inhabit this world.
- The Power of Humility
- Healthy Habits
- Environmental Actors
- Economic Priorities
- Lessons Ahead