Autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, and mental illness each affect roughly between 20% and 50% of the U.S. population, despite the U.S. spending over $3 trillion yearly on health care. In this era of AI and driver-less cars, why can’t we cure and prevent more conditions?
In school, we learn that we’re made up of ever smaller things: organs, cells, molecules, atoms, protons, neutrons, electrons, and finally, tiny tennis balls we call particles. And then we stop. From that point on, everything we learn about the human being boils down to how tennis balls interact. That’s what medical science is built on—an incomplete understanding of you as a collection of tennis balls.
When scientists looked into what those tennis balls (particles) that make up your body are made from, they found fields that stretched throughout space. Could this have a bearing on clinical medicine and human anatomy—on what we’re made of—or is it of no practical consequence?
2. The Solution
We must define ourselves not just as a single body, but as complete human beings. That begins with a complete anatomical vision of the human being that is consistent with the latest science.
Physics tells us that all particles are derived from fields that extend throughout space. Can we experience this subtler field-like nature of the human being? Science hasn’t answered this question, but wisdom traditions around the world have.
The two drawings above represent the same species, Homo sapiens, yet they look completely different. Why? Different minds perceive the human being differently, depending on how the mind is trained. The human anatomy described in Yoga and Chinese medicine, for example, emphasizes the field-like nature of the human being more than the particle-like nature of the physical body.
Above are just two of many models of human anatomy. Each model represents a unique understanding, set of diagnoses, and approach to treatment. We must recognize, understand, and reconcile the many models of human anatomy if we are to unlock deeper knowledge about healing, cure, and human potential.
The map we put forth to do this is that of The Five Bodies—a complete model of the human being.