seeing past the body
One of the biggest obstacles to grasping the fact that human health care depends on body, mind and soul is Newtonian physics.
Sir Isaac Newton, for those who don't know, was a mathematical genius and 'big thinker' who worked out the basic laws of gravity by being bonked on the head by a falling apple.
Newton set out the basic building blocks of physical science, or 'physics', which was good going for 400 years' ago, but in 2015, is causing no end of trouble.
The problem, in a nutshell, is this:
Newtonian Physics is based on the principle that:
The human body (and all other physicality) is made up of solid physical matter.
When you apply this thinking to healthcare, you get an approach based on balancing chemical equations (ie, drugs) and cutting out the bits that don't work anymore (ie, surgery).
So far so good. So what's the problem?
The problem is, that our understanding of how the world really works has moved on, most notably with Einstein's groundbreaking idea that e=mc2. That formula is around a 100 years' old now, but humanity is still seriously struggling to internalise the profound message it's teaching us.
According to Quantum Physics, what e=mc2 is really teaching us is that energy - or God - is really all there is.
Even matter is just packets of Divine energy, or light, that has been 'slowed down', and is vibrating at a much slower rate. That's what gives people and stuff an appearance of being 'solid', physical beings - but what we experience with our physical senses is only part of the story.
People are really Divine energy, or light, slowed down to become 'Moshe' or 'Rachel' or 'Bertha'.
This isn't news for Jews (or at least, it shouldn't be.)
Back in the Garden of Eden, our holy sources taught us that Adam and Eve were beings of light, so translucent and magnificent that anyone who tried to stare at those original human beings would have been blinded by the light.
The Hebrew word for light is 'or', spelt with the letter aleph.
After the sin, we're told that God came and made Adam and Eve different garments of 'or', this time spelt with an ayin, which is usually translated as 'leather'.
To sum up, our Divine light got covered up by our skin, making it much harder for us to access and understand our spiritual side.
Now, what does all that have to do with the real reasons why you've got a cough, or a stomach ache, or a headache? And what are the implications of e=mc2 for a believing Jewish approach to bodies and healthcare?
The implications for your healthcare
The idea that all solid matter, including the human body, is simply energy or light that's been slowed down has enormous implications for health care and particularly, preventative and holistic medicine. But before we can start to get to grips with what they are, we first need to have a better understanding of how all the different layers of 'light' or energy that influence, affect and actually are a human being, relate to each other, and to our spiritual, emotional and physical health.
Let's jump away from Quantum Physics for a moment, and jump into the Kabbalah, or Jewish esoteric thought, instead (although the more science is discovering about how the world really works the more the two disciplines are increasingly saying the same things.)
The 5 levels of soul
According to Kabbalah, each human being consists of five level of soul, and I'm defining soul here as the Divine Light that energises and animates every single one of us.
The highest two layers of our soul are effectively off-limits to us; they influence us and affect us, but can't be damaged, depleted or destroyed by our negative actions, behaviours and thoughts.
The remaining three levels of soul are defined as follows, in the Jewish esoteric tradition:
Neshama - is the third of the five levels of soul, and reflects our spiritual essence and mind.
Ruach - is the second of the five levels of soul, and is associated with our emotions and feelings.
Nefesh - is the first, or most basic, level of soul, and is associated with our body and our animal life force, ie, the spiritual energy that keeps us breathing, eating and sleeping, and keeps us alive, physically.
What does all this have to do with Quantum Physics, and your healthcare?
Let's see if I can answer it as simply as possible.
The general purpose of humanity is to work on ourselves, refine our souls (across all levels) and get closer to God and to living the lives God designed us to have.
When we act, think, behave and live in alignment with God's 'plan' for us, whatever that might be, all five levels of soul, or Divine Light, are in perfect harmony with each other, and in turn, with the Creator.
Maximum energy, soul-juice and Divine Light is flowing down the pipes, and everything is working the way it should be. But when we stop acting, thinking, behaving and living in alignment with God's blueprint, it causes spiritual or 'energetic' disruptions across all five levels of soul.
Initially, that could mean a subtle disconnect occurs between you, and your upper two levels of soul. If the disconnect continues, the next 'soul level' to get affected is the neshama, that's directly related to your mind and spiritual abilities.
If it's not fixed then, the disconnect continues to fissure downwards, until it shows up as problems in your ruach, ie your emotions and feelings. Typically, this can show up as things like anxiety, worry, stress, sadness, depression, hatred and angry - ie, a whole slew of negative emotions that can severely affect your quality of life.
If the disconnect isn't turned around at that point, then the last and final level of 'Divine Light' to get affected is the physical body. When that happens, you'll get sick, ill, or exhausted, God-forbid.
This is a ridiculous over-simplification of how all this stuff really works, because there are always a huge number of Divine considerations involved in any individual's suffering or ill-health.
But the basic idea holds true, and the basic idea is this:
If you deal with the 'disconnect' or disrupted energy pattern at the highest level of Divine Light or soul possible, then nine times out of ten, you'll avoid the serious illness or physical problem.
Because our essence, even in the physical world as defined and described by Quantum Physics, is Divine light. That Divine Light is just 'slowed down' to become a body. So if you deal with problems at the higher levels of light, or soul, ie, at the spiritual and emotional levels, they don't need to manifest as illnesses.
There are huge amounts to say about all this, but for now let's end with this: many alternative or holistic therapies are already dealing with issues and 'disconnects' at the higher levels of soul and emotion.
But the key to getting them to work as effectively as possible is to not stop there, in the middle of the party, but to work on re-connecting all five levels of the human soul back to its true Source of healing and Divine Light, ie, God.