the interconnectedness of things

Arthur Koestler reminds us that each whole thing is made of its own parts, while at the same time being part of a larger whole. He called this a holon.

No creature or system can exist by itself. Being part of a larger system, it must integrate or die!

I’ve always had this sense that we are interconnected. How I am affects how you are and vice versa. I cannot have an interaction with you without some part of you becoming part of me. My whole system rearranges itself to accommodate you. This happens continuously throughout the day, so much so, that by the end of the day, you are not the same person you were at the start of the day. Most of the time, you won’t even notice the difference unless it was something traumatic or highly charged emotionally. But over time, as you look back, you’ll notice the change.

Everything touches everything else.

And if we are to not only survive, but thrive, then we have to take individual ownership of who we are and how we want to be. It’s the only way we’ll ever be able to take care of the world around us, and thus ourselves.

As I reflect on Koestler’s holon idea, I think about our own parts – our conscious self, higher self, and all the subpersonalities that make us who we are – how we must integrate these parts to be truly whole and congruent, thus making it possible for us to vibrate at a high enough frequency to reach of true potential.

And imagine if I’m at my best, and you’re at your best how much power is contained in our interaction.

How much power could we bring to the world…