Towards a New Definition of Health

The World Health Organization issued its depiction of health a number of years ago. It stated "health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."        

While we commend the WHO for including the social component necessary for health, we find the definition still reveals a lack of understanding about the nature of health. There are a number of cogent and illuminating perspectives that creates more precise clarity for our understanding of health. Here are three basic points to give us greater clarity about the meaning of health:

1.  The etymological root of the word health is KAILO. This root also gives rise to the terms heal, whole, holy! All terms that arise from the same root are organically connected to each other. This goes to say that health is intrinsically related to healing, a process that seeks towards expressing a unity of organic function in us. This term is not in the vocabulary of the conventional medical model where cure is more aptly used. Cure means to fix or patch up some disturbance in our chassis or physical body that has gone awry. Healing takes into account not only manifestations of the physical disturbance, but includes manifestations of our emotional, mental, social (including environmental), and moral disturbances as well. Whole means unity or oneness. Health here means repair of what may seem fragmented or divided in us. To heal is to express our wholeness. Wholeness is a function of health.

2.  This brings us to holy. Simply put: there is no health, whole, healing without the holy, that is, without a connection to our divine source. Unfortunately, the holy was thrown out of medicine 400-450 years ago, along with the mind, as a significant component for understanding human suffering. However, for the unitary process of health to ensue, somewhere recognition of the spiritual/moral disturbance comes into play. After all, at every given moment of our life experience, we manifest ourselves as physical, emotional, mental (the latter two expressions of mind), social, and moral beings all making significant contributions to our overall well-being.

3.  Finally, the WHO definition defines health as "complete." It is impossible to be able to divine what is complete in the spheres alluded to above. The ideal of "complete" is a man-made standard that is neither attainable nor quantifiable. No one can glean what "complete" health looks like, nor judge others regarding their state of "completeness." It is a vague and imprecise term giving us to believe that it has meaningful value, as though one man's "complete" is everyone's "complete". For we are not machines, but uniquely individual, with our own fingerprint of health, neither comparable nor quantifiable.

Where does the PIP process fit in here? PIP promotes our wholeness and acts as an integrative program for health and well-being. It does so by allowing you to immediately identify those qualities holding you back and those that are your strengths. We focus on those holding us back, so they may come to match the strengths already in place. By following this 3-step, 21-day program, you gain an inner power, unknown to you before, that puts you in charge of your life. As a mature being, you can use your innate qualities of power in the direction of freedom.           

We'd love to hear how you express your health, wholeness, and unity as well as how you have experienced it. Please send your comments to us at: elizabeth@powerimagery.com.