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Holonity – The Liver and overview – moving up or down a holon – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

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This article was first published in The Magic Happens Journal (December 2016) Holon A holon is a unit a whole­ness that at the same time is a part of a big­ger whole, a big­ger holon. A holon is a part and a whole at the same time. Cells are holons, or­gans are holons and or­gan­isms are holons. A hu­man be­ing is a holon, con­sist­ing of or­gans that are holons, con­sist­ing of cells that are holons. We can per­ceive liv­ing na­ture as a hi­er­ar­chy of holons, a ho­l­archy. A hu­man be­ings big­ger holon can be the fam­ily, the col­legium at work, peers in a class, mem­bers in an or­ga­ni­za­tion, cit­i­zen­ship in a coun­try, one of hu­mankind, a mam­mal and many more. As a hu­man be­ing you both re­late to holons that are big­ger than you, where you are a part, and holons that are smaller that are con­tained in you like or­gans and cells. Is there a re­la­tion in how we hu­mans re­late up­wards to the big­ger holon or down­wards to the smaller holon? Is there a re­la­tion be­tween our or­gans and the way we re­late to oth­ers? Let us ex­plore! Hu­man re­la­tions Re­la­tions to oth­ers are mainly a ques­tion of feel­ings. We have peo­ple we re­late to with no at­tach­ment, al­most like strangers. It could be our baker that we do not say hi to, the barista in the cof­fee shop, a per­son stand­ing at the same bus stop every morn­ing, or the per­son liv­ing in the flat above or be­low you. You also have re­la­tions that are mainly pro­fes­sional with a teacher, a lawyer, your boss, em­ploy­ees, clients etc. These re­la­tion­ships can be with­out much emo­tion they are more prac­ti­cal, func­tional and part of the daily rou­tine. But some re­la­tion­ships mean much more to you they are emo­tional. They can be based on dif­fer­ent good feel­ings of joy, love, care and at­trac­tion or more trou­ble­some like those char­ac­ter­ized by fear, dis­gust, anger or re­sent­ment. These re­la­tions are the ones work­ing on us on the way to mas­tery. A good ques­tion you can ask your­self, is which feel­ings are dom­i­nat­ing your re­la­tions? Why do you end up in sim­i­lar re­la­tions again and again? And do these feel­ings re­flect spe­cific or­gans in your sys­tem? Tra­di­tional Chi­nese Med­i­cine, TCM Al­ready in the old Chi­nese med­i­cine this was ex­plored. Each of the five fun­da­men­tal or­gans were re­lated to a main feel­ing (see il­lus­tra­tion) The Liver was re­lated to anger and ir­ri­tabil­ity, the heart to joy and in­spi­ra­tion, the spleen to worry or pen­sive­ness, the lungs to grief or sad­ness and the kid­ney to fear and shock. This was not based on re­search, but on ex­pe­ri­ence and in­ner-re­al­iza­tion or in­ter-re­al­iza­tion would even be a bet­ter word. We have a source of knowl­edge within that we seem to have for­got­ten in this time in his­tory. We seem to think that re­search in the ex­ter­nal world is the most re­li­able source. De­spite the fact that many of the choices we do are based on this in­ner knowl­edge. Let us look closer at this Chi­nese knowl­edge used by ori­en­tal doc­tors, acupunc­tur­ist, tai chi, mar­tial art and qi gong prac­ti­tion­ers and many oth­ers. A bal­anced in­ner life will re­flect a bal­anced outer life. Each of these feel­ings can be un­der­stood in re­la­tion to the con­nected or­gan in Chi­nese med­i­cine. We will ex­plore one of the five in the fol­low­ing is­sues of The Magic Hap­pens mag­a­zine. We will start with the first, or start­ing el­e­ment which is wood and its or­gans liver and gall­blad­der. Liver and gall­blad­der – The wood el­e­ment The liver is con­nected to the gall­blad­der and we will ex­plore the re­la­tion closer. The liver is de­scribed as the big plan­ner and is re­lated to your overview or per­spec­tive on life. The gall­blad­der rep­re­sents the ex­ec­u­tive func­tion of ac­tion, and self-as­sertive­ness. To­gether they be­long to the el­e­ment of wood, which rep­re­sents the be­gin­ning or start of any process be it spring, early morn­ing or the first months in life. On one side the liver is the planer, hav­ing the overview, while the gall­blad­der is de­ci­sive, ex­e­cu­tion, mo­tion and ac­tion. You need both func­tions when you start a process and go into ac­tion or when you move out into the world. You need to see the sit­u­a­tion and you need to act into it. If the liver is like the court the gall­blad­der is like the po­lice. The liver is in­clud­ing all the as­pect in the whole pic­ture, the gall­blad­der is ex­clud­ing and elim­i­nat­ing. Also in the body the liver has a tremen­dous amount of func­tions while the gall­blad­der ba­si­cally stores and con­cen­trates bile. The liver has more than 500 func­tions and is hence re­lated to func­tions in many other or­gans while the gall­blad­der with its bile is like a knife that cuts the fatty parts of food into smaller pieces. You could say that the un­con­di­tional pos­i­tive re­gard of Roger­ian psy­chother­apy re­flects the liver while be­hav­iouris­tic ther­apy re­flects the gall­blad­der. One is in­clud­ing ac­cept­ing and non-judg­ing the other is con­di­tional and based on pun­ish­ment, re­in­force­ment or mod­el­ling. The liver is yin and go­ing within, the gall­blad­der is yang and go­ing out­wards. Let us see how these func­tions in the or­gans can rep­re­sent sim­i­lar func­tions in your re­la­tions. Let us say you have a fam­ily mem­ber or friend that has stolen some­thing, in­jured or even killed some­one. How do you judge, how do you re­late? The liver dri­ven per­son would try to see the big­ger pic­ture and think that in the same con­di­tions with the same abil­i­ties they might have done the same. The gall­blad­der would take on them­selves to be a part of the re­ac­tions, a judge and then act. They would say; he or she need this to ad­just his or her be­hav­iour. I will not in­vite him or her to the Christ­mas party this year, so she/​he can un­der­stand I dis­ap­prove of his con­duct. Two re­lated or­gans with op­po­site re­ac­tions. The liver and gall­blad­der rep­re­sent a po­lar­ity of yin and yang, of go­ing in­wards or out­wards, mov­ing to­wards a big­ger or smaller holon. The Liver is the per­son that is ex­pand­ing and tak­ing the big­ger per­spec­tive found within, tak­ing the whole group or com­mu­nity into con­sid­er­a­tion. The gall­blad­der is more lim­ited, elim­i­nates and ex­e­cutes. Mov­ing down a holon could also be that the in­ci­dence is not re­acted on in a con­scious way but dis­torts the con­di­tions for or­gans to work op­ti­mally. If they just get an­gry with­out any re­sponse it might in­jure the gall­blad­der even giv­ing gall­stones. Mov­ing up a holon would be to per­ceive and feel con­fi­dent that in the higher pic­ture this is part of a wise and lov­ing des­tiny or plan. That there is a un­con­di­tional pos­i­tive re­gard that is wise and lov­ing for all the per­sons in­volved. The same could be said for the laws of karma or ac­tion and re­ac­tion, that they are not a ques­tion of pun­ish­ment but cul­ti­va­tion and evo­lu­tion. With the higher holon as the ba­sis of per­cep­tion the per­son would ask what does my in­volve­ment im­ply, I got in­vol­un­tar­ily in­volved as an ob­server, but what is the les­son for me since I re­act to it? How can I take part in the heal­ing of the big­ger whole, or big­ger holon? The more evolved per­son would not even re­act, but ac­cept and per­ceive from the big­ger per­spec­tive. The yin or­gans are the ba­sic or­gans in Chi­nese med­i­cine and are writ­ten on top in the il­lus­tra­tion, the func­tions of these or­gans tend to bring you closer to the in­ner core and the big­ger pic­ture. The yang or­gans are or­gans of re­duc­tion, sep­a­ra­tion, elim­i­na­tion and break­ing things down. You can learn a lot from the re­la­tion be­tween the two or­gans within the same el­e­ment. And you can un­der­stand much by see­ing what they have in com­mon. The liver is like a per­son med­i­tat­ing and per­ceiv­ing the whole world from within, the gall­blad­der is like a man on his sports car, try­ing to see the whole world by dri­ving around like crazy. One has a in­ner peace­ful per­spec­tive the other is out­ward and ag­gres­sive. In Chi­nese med­i­cine they would say the real or­gan is the liver, the gall­blad­der is just an as­pect of the liver, or wood el­e­ment. Every or­gan is con­nected with one of the five senses and the liver is open­ing into the eyes and hence re­lated to vi­sion. We can un­der­stand the re­la­tion to the eyes with them be­ing the most im­por­tant sense to get the overview, to see, have a per­spec­tive and to move about in the world. Non of the senses can com­pete with the eyes if you want to move from one lo­ca­tion to an­other. From my stud­ies of both Chi­nese med­i­cine and ar­che­typ­i­cal sys­tems I have come to re­al­ize that the main les­son or gift from the liver ap­proach in life is the cul­ti­va­tion of truth. As you ex­plore the dif­fer­ent chal­lenges from a liver per­spec­tive your higher per­spec­tive and broader vi­sion is bring­ing you closer and closer to truth. We will ex­plore the other or­gans in the fol­low­ing ar­ti­cles. The Liver & Gall­blad­der and anger The Heart & Small in­tes­tine and joy The Spleen & Stom­ach and worry The Lungs, large in­tes­tine, grief and sep­a­ra­tion Re­lated ar­ti­cles Holonis­tic ther­apy and guid­ance – about the in­ner dri­ver and con­nec­tor – the two prin­ci­ples of heal­ing. Holonity – Heal­ing from within Holonity – Heal­ing from above down­wards Mas­tery of Life Crop Cir­cles what are they Or you can visit my BLOG



Why holonity?  – suggesting a new concept.

holon (Greek ὅλον, holon neuter form of ὅλος, holos “whole”) is a word coined by Arthur Koesler in his book The Ghost in the Machine (1967, p. 48) and is used as a concept for something that is a whole and a part at the same time.

And organ is a part of the human organism, but a wholeness in itself. A cell is a part of an organ but a wholeness in itself. Both are wholeness and parts at the same time, a holon.

When you try to understand the uniqueness or personality of a person you take the whole person into account and are looking for qualities or features that are prominent and strong. Or qualities that repeat themselves. He is just so …….., She really is ……, It is typical for him….. . This could be like a mountain or huge lake in the personal landscape. It could represent something strange, rare or peculiar. That would be something unique or dominant.

But it could also be a characteristic feature running through the whole landscape. Like comparing the Norwegian woods with Pina and Spruce to the Amazones or Tundra. In a person that would be a feature running through different aspects or a concepts that can embrace and include other concepts, or qualities that can be recognized in different expressions. What we would call a pattern, an essence or a read tread.

Holonity is the degree of unity in the wholeness. The degree of connection between the parts of a holon in a unified understanding, or conceptualization. The oneness in the wholeness. The unifying red tread. The qualitative feature running through a given quantity. What in a human can be called an essence, a read tread or sometimes her constitution, his personality, her individuality or type.

In the therapeutic field, the ability to connect all the parts, symptoms, manifestations of phenomena in a human and her life into a meaningful theme, or pattern can be very useful. The holonity is the degree of unity that is achieved.

This blogg is about holonity in different fields of knowledge.

In the picture above nature comes very close to a mathematical formula, a fractal that repeats the same pattern into every part of the whole, e.g a high degree of holonity.