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Response Ability #6: Harmonious Interaction

A bee enters the stream of the wind, and rides it across a beautiful field of flowers.  As the gust of wind fades, the bee flies down towards the ground and lands on the petal of a beautiful daffodil.  It walks across the petal to the center of the flower and sips of its delicious nectar.  As it drinks from this natural fountain, he rubs against the flower’s stamen and pollen falls upon his back.  As he takes his last sip, he takes off once again and rides another breeze to another part of the field and lands upon another daffodil.  As he once again enters the flower to partake of the nectar, the pollen on his back falls upon the stigma of this other flower and a new life is born.  This process is called pollination and is the mechanism by which many plants reproduce.

We live in an interactive universe.  Nothing works independently.  Often the Earth is called a “web of life” for all living things are interdependent.  Without plants, bees would not have nectar to survive.  Without bees, plants could not reproduce. Without plants, all animal life would perish for our atmosphere would lack vital oxygen.  It is an endless cycle of interdependence,  mutually beneficial interaction.

In the jungles of South America, there lies a cave.  Within this cave, lives two creatures – a unique species of worm and a unique species of bat.  No where else in the world will you find these two species except in this cave.  What makes these two animals so special is their unique relationship.  Since the bat never leaves the cave and the only form of life is this worm, the worm is the only source of food for the bat.  What is interesting, however, is that it is the excrement of the bat that provides the sustenance for the worm.  The worm feeds the bat.  The bat feeds the worm.  The cycle goes on and on.  This is called a symbiosis,  two animals mutually benefiting from the existence of each other…a beautiful example of harmonious interaction.

All healthy bodies, whether a human body, a corporate body, or the body of the universe, must be capable of interacting harmoniously with others.  It is the harmonious interaction of the individual cells of our body that sustains life.  It is the harmonious interaction of co-workers that produces a thriving business.  It is through the harmonious interaction of citizens that produces a healthy society.

It is only through disharmony, separation, and alienation that disease is experienced.  If we look at our body, we see that all disease, especially cancerous, infectious, and autoimmune diseases, are caused by some form of disharmonious interaction between cells of the body, or cells of the body and some outside agent.  If there was harmonious relationships between all the cells of the body, there would be no cancer or autoimmune disease.  Conversely, if there was harmonious interaction between the body and the virus, bacteria, or other visiting entity within the body, there would be no infection.

If we look at our world community, you will also find that all crimes, wars, and other social disease are likewise caused by disharmonious relationships amongst the members of our global body.

If we can begin to create more harmonious interactions within ourselves, accept responsibility consciously, and allow that harmony to spread into our relationships, this harmony would blanket the world in a sea of joy and all disease would be eradicated on this planet. Once and for all, we would experience total health and enjoy the fullest appreciation of life and each other.

It is only through this process of healing ourselves that we may heal the world, and it is only by acting upon our deepest desires and intentions that we may fully appreciate and develop to its fullest potential, the final and most important Response Ability – the ability of Contentment.

 

We will explore this Response Ability in our next entry.

 

An excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com

 

 


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Response Ability #4: Evolution

Often when the winds of change blow, they can change the landscape of our environment.  Sand and soil may be pushed into hills, and over time, mountains.  Rivers may be redirected, and lakes may, over time, form.  Whereas the wind has stopped blowing, its effects may create a lasting impression.  In these cases, we have two choices: we may grow or we may decay.  Living, healthy things, such as trees, animals, and people, grow and evolve.  Inert, non-living things, such as stones and sticks, decay.  Wash running water over a seed and watch what happens…it grows.  Wash running water over a stone and what happens?  It erodes.

Growth and Evolution is a continual process of change by which a seemingly lower and simpler state or condition is transformed into a higher, more complex state.  A healthy body or any other organization always allows for change to cause growth and evolution.  On the other hand, an unhealthy body decays and eventually ceases to exist.

Evolution and growth is nothing more than a long-term adaptive response.  An example of this would be the experience of muscle building as a result of weight training.  The act of lifting heavy weights over and over is actually perceived by the body as a danger or crisis.  These heavy weights place stress on the muscles, bones, ligaments, and joints.  In order to protect itself, the body builds more muscle tissue in order to prepare itself for future experiences of such stress.  If we continue to work out regularly, frequently increasing the weight as we get stronger, this process will continue indefinitely.

What differs in this situation from the previously mentioned adaptive response, is that now the body is stronger, more effective, and more efficient, even after the stress is gone.  Recognizing this, theoretically, the body says, “I am stronger, more effective, and more efficient as a result of this adaptation…this one’s a keeper.”

Another example of this would be that of sun-tanning.  The darkening of the skin as a result of laying in the sun is a healthy response of the body producing more melanin in the skin.  Melanin is a pigmented protein that protects the skin from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation.  The tanning of the skin is caused not by the sun’s rays, but by an adaptation produced by the body in response to the exposure of ultraviolet light.  If the exposure to sunlight is continuous and frequent, like muscle building, this adaptation will become permanent.

Whereas the Response Ability of Adaptation is necessary to protect us from sudden changes that may be damaging or even deadly, the Response Ability of Evolution, whereas not as urgent, is necessary for the long-term survival of our species, and life in general, on our planet.  Through this ability we can learn from our experiences and become stronger, wiser, and more effective as a species.  This process is perpetual and is responsible for our human family moving from the primitive existence as an ape to the spiritual and intellectual wonder we are today.  In this infinite arena we call our universe, we are yet at the beginning of our evolutionary experience.  The sky’s the limit, and what we are capable of becoming is but a tiny glimmer in our imaginations and wonder.

We will explore the next Response Ability, Expression, in the next entry.

An excerpt from the book, A Clear Path to Healing, by Dr. Barry S. Weinberg

With Love and Appreciation,

Dr Barry

www.placeforhealing.com