Health According to Perennial Psychology

SaludThe World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not just the absence of symptoms or disease.” This definition dates from approximately 1946 and had not undergone any major modifications until 1992 when the phrase, “and in harmony with the environment,” was added. Since then many objections to this definition have been raised. The question of what it means to be healthy has been the subject of widespread dispute and discussion. New and alternative definitions are proposed daily.

One of the main objections to this classical definition is that it tends to separate the ideas of sickness and health, when in fact both exist on the same spectrum and are always shifting. A new concept of dynamic health has arisen in response to all this. Now there is talk about health as the achievement of the highest level of physical, mental and social well-being and the ability to function that is permitted by the social milieu in which the individual and the collective are living (Sanmarti, Luis Salleras. 1985. Health Education: Principles, Methods and Applications. Diaz de Santos Editions, Page 17). Within this concept of health as a continuum, we can distinguish two extremes – optimal health and loss of health. Between these two extremes is a neutral zone where the shifting boundary between health and sickness exists. Unfortunately, from this perspective it is very difficult to distinguish what is normal from what is pathological, since health and sickness are in a state of constant fluctuation. Since the process is a dynamic one, it is impossible to establish clear and definite patterns about health and sickness that could be applied to everyone at any stage of life.

In this holistic concept of health a person is considered a bio-psycho- social entity. Therefore, this concept of health does not necessarily include the spiritual dimension. For a human being, spirituality is one of the most significant experiences since it allows a person to meet his higher needs, brings him an awareness of the life force and, above all, becomes an important motivating force as a healthy faith develops. Practically all the philosophical, cultural and religious schools of thought conclude that the true essence of a human being is his spiritual identity. One’s spiritual nature is one’s true identity, and discovering this is regarded as a person’s most important goal in life.

Salud y amorThe great contribution of Oidatherapy to our understanding of health is the integration of the spiritual dimension into its definition of therapeutics. We see a human being as a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual unit in a state of constant evolution. According to Oidatherapy, a therapeutic approach must include all these areas in order to bring about positive and progressive, personal integration. In this way, spirituality becomes an element of human experience, which cuts across many areas of life, and that is as much involved in the physical, mental and emotional as it is in the relationships a person establishes with his social and physical environment. As far as Oidatherapy is concerned, the cultivation and practice of spirituality is the key element in its definition of health. We think that spirituality transcends the idea of sickness, and that it is a tool for helping a person to manage his resources in the best way possible, even in cases of disability.

The fact that a person may exhibit symptoms of a physical illness does not necessarily make the person sick. For example, a person may get cancer and, as a result of this extreme experience, be able to change unhealthy habits, awaken positive values, transform relationships with others, and find some spiritual meaning in life. The cancer might make the person “terminally ill” as we commonly understand that, but it may, in the process, make him spiritually healthy.

The Greek ideal of a “healthy mind in a healthy body” does not necessarily correspond to the Oidatherapy concept of health. In many cases, we can find people who are healthy on the physical and/or emotional levels, but who, in a spiritual sense, have important gaps in their worldview and sense of life and transcendence. We also find people who are physically healthy, but who are not well mentally or emotionally.

hand-173584According to Oidatherapy, “health is the unfolding of a person’s spirituality as a result of a set of beliefs that allows him or her to achieve an optimal state of physical, mental, emotional and social well-being.” Oidatherapy has developed a holistic, unified concept of health associated primarily with people’s beliefs about reality. In concrete terms, what people believe leads them to engage in certain activities that help them develop a type of faith as a consequence.

A healthy faith is the synergy of beliefs that allows people to manifest the best possible version of themselves, given their physical, emotional and spiritual qualities. The faith which exists in agreement with the message of the mystical traditions and the Divinity offers more resources to facilitate the unfolding of all of one’s abilities in the caring service of others. Although the development of a healthy faith is not necessarily determined by one’s association with a specific mystical tradition, such association does give us clearly described tools to awaken the higher qualities conducive to individual and collective well-being.

On the other hand, an unhealthy faith results from beliefs, which inhibit or distort spiritual growth. These beliefs can fragment the holistic unity of being, which Oidatherapy considers healthy. Furthermore they make it more difficult for a person to formulate a coherent worldview.

We will now enumerate some Oidatherapy criteria of what is a healthy person:

 

 Physical Level

Respect and care for one’s own body as the means for realizing one’s life purpose:

  1. Has self-care habits.
  2. Has good personal hygiene.
  3. Follows a healthy and compassionate diet.
  4. Does not intoxicate one’s body.
  5. Is responsible for the management of one’s body and energy through healthy, disciplined sexual activity.
  6. Does whatever physical activity is necessary to maintain one’s health.
  7. Accepts one’s physical peculiarities and limitations, but always looks to improve one’s physical condition.
  8. Chooses to live a simple life and, in a natural way, lets go of common place and superficial habits.

 

 Psychological Level

One’s inner qualities show up as different degrees of goodness, acceptance, consideration, self-control, respect, compassion, sincerity, serenity, tolerance, humility, etc.

  1. Recognizes oneself as a spiritual being.
  2. Accepts that one’s reality is part of a higher order.
  3. Is grateful for life and for the world.
  4. Acts in accordance with healthy, positive beliefs.
  5. Brings one’s expectations and desires in harmony with a lasting goal.
  6. Understands the law of cause and effect and freely accepts it.
  7. Accepts difficulties and problems as an opportunity to learn and grow.
  8. Tries voluntarily and consciously to overcome one’s negative qualities.
  9. Is willing to be an instrument of one’s healthy beliefs.

 

 Social Level

A healthy person creates a loving and fair relationship with society and other people in such a way that his or her behavior expresses consciousness in harmony with the environment.

  1. Has concern for the well-being of others and establishes respectful, loving, empathetic, tolerant relationships free of discrimination.
  2. Recognizes the world as an organic totality and accepts its divine nature.
  3. Makes oneself responsible for caring for one’s environment. Respects Mother Nature and avoids any actions that cause Her pain or mistreat and exploit Her.
  4. Has a feeling of solidarity with others who share the same beliefs.
  5. Defends the highest values even though one may be out of step with the customs of one’s socio-cultural milieu.
  6. Is a conscious consumer. Accepts responsibility for the consequences of one’s choices and tries to satisfy one’s needs in a responsible way.

 

Spiritual Level
a) Individual     

  1. Is able to detach oneself from the demands of one’s ego.
  2. Succeeds in monitoring and recognizing when one’s thought, words and deeds are coherent.
  3. Is able to go beyond one’s own opinions, ideas and impulses.
  4. Strongly opposes wrong behavior and negative influences.
  5. Develops humility in order to receive spiritual guidance or to commit to a mystical tradition.

b) Community

  1. Recognizes the existence of a higher reality.
  2. Is able to connect pre-logical and intuitive laws with higher reality.
  3. Seeks to make oneself useful through tasks that require dedication to a higher reality.
  4. Is able to form a feeling relationship with higher dimensions.
  5. Strengthens one’s faith by associating with others who share the same higher reality.
  6. Tries to help others to access the higher reality.
  7. Shares ideals, which support awareness of the higher reality with one’s peers.

These parameters define a healthy person from a holistic, spiritual point of view. A therapeutic diagnosis is complementary to a conventional, clinical diagnosis because Oidatherapy knows that the same being expresses itself differently in different spheres. It especially emphasizes the set of beliefs, the type of faith a person may have and his spiritual development, along with an evaluation of how congruent these are with some type of mystical tradition and revelation.

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