Holistic Thinking P.88-90 from “The Sky’s the Limit” by Wayne Dyer:
“The No-Limit person understands fully that dichotomies exist only in the minds of individuals. They are only tools of thought we have invented in order to make some sense of and to control certain parts of our worlds. But in reality dichotomies are always used to divide up something which was one in the first place. We are all combinations of opposites. We are whole people who have infinities of different qualities and potentials that are always shifting around within us according to the ebb and flow of our thoughts and feelings. To transcend dichotomous thinking toward real human thinking, we must see behind the veils we have interposed between ourselves and the real world. We must remember the whole world, which was “out there” long before we divided it up with our endless categories. We must heal the rifts in our own bodies of thought that we have created by our attempts to classify everything and everyone with this or that label. In sum, we must get back to holistic thinking. We must remember that before there were sheep or goats, boys or girls, before anyone thought up the idea of odd or even numbers or thought to call their societies “civilization,” there was life. We must appreciate that all humans who lived on this earth before us shared the same sun, looked up into the same sky, fished in the same oceans, hunted for the same food. We may even be inspired to stop and realize for a moment how we and all other humans are the embodiment of human life now, and how each of us has some fish, some ape, some genius, some fool, some strength, some weakness, some richness, some poverty in us as “parts” of our existence. Each of us is at once a whole person, one organic representation of all life, and a tiny slice of life as a whole.
The idea of being a member of a culture is not a goal for those who think holistically. In fact, theirs is quite the opposite point of view. The important thing for holistic thinkers is to see themselves as part of humanity rather than any special subgroupings, be they nations, ethnic groupings or cultural cliques. They scorn identification within any artificially contrived borders, and feel that the boundaries so many people pay eternal allegiance to are in fact causes of strife and unrest.
The holistic-thinking person sees the world in a global way, as all of humanity, having concerns which must be addressed and resolved. The fact that someone is unemployed in India, or starving in Biafra, is a concern for all of humanity, not a problem that must be solved by the individual governments involved. We must all band together and treat people as dignified, and any efforts to divide people by class, nations, religions or any other boundaries is strongly resisted by those who think in holistic ways. Humanistic thinking has to start with the holistic approach, with an entire view of the universe and how you as one human individual fit into the spectrum of all life, past and present; by recognizing that all of us are in this thing called life together.
Holistic thinking involves learning to suspend, to put aside for a moment, all those categories by which we have been conditioned to “file and forget” so many people, ideas, things and possible experiences before we even consider them, and to see ourselves and our worlds in their original, irreducible wholeness. It means admitting that we have been so busy listing all the differences that might separate us from others that we have tragically neglected to see all the common natures, hopes, dreams, times, places, and situations that unite us. We have been too busy dissecting humanity to imagine what a joy it might be to get our act together.
Holistic thinking sometimes means just sitting back and appreciating the way the trees “just happen” to create oxygen, which we humans breathe, or the miracles of nature’s ecology in general, or the way all of human society is inextricably interconnected, and the fact that all theories of sociology and human behavior are just our best guesses right now as to the way it all works. It means recognizing that the forest is not just the sum of its trees; that however we may classify, dissect or atomize things in our thought, we are still left with the ultimately mysterious nature of “the whole” – whether it be in the whole universe or the whole of humanity or the whole of each individual.”