Wholeness and Holiness: When the “Who” and the “I” Lead the Way

Mysteriously enough… wholeness and holiness seem to have connections starting with phonics and semantics 🙂 As the word Wholeness seems to rely on that initial unpronounced initial W, our whole identity seems to be solidly founded on many Ws 🙂 for example: Who we are… Where we are… When we live… Who we live around or with… and Why we do, think and feel the way our personality leads us to…. In some similar way the word Holiness starts with a silent letter, while holy identities seem to evoke a silent longing to an immaterial entity or quiet places where to find a closer connection to our selves or with “transcendental realities”. In our wholeness and holiness we can find our identity and our longings, our light and our shadow..

Can our identity be defined by multiple traits or as a whole? While our genes seem to be defined by patterns engraved in our genetic code, our spirit or soul is often defined as a whole, more and more affected by its brokenness as we age. Acknowledging these fluctuations, can help us understand how growth and evolution occur and how sometimes we can have an active role in it. In nature phenomena are often defined by their polarities and these can not be dissociated by the whole nature of the phenomena. Our heartbeats are defined by contractions and expansions. Our breathing is an alternation of inhaling and exhaling elements of life around us. Magnets and magnetic fields are defined by their attracting and repelling forces existing in our world. On a larger scale our solar system as a whole is based on its infinity of “push and pull” forces, replicating themselves everyday in a balanced dance hard to interpret in its complexity. Deists like Voltaire and Thomas Jefferson had to evoke a “holy hand” for its creation 🙂

Sometimes the polarities of our identity and its brokenness define our own complex individual nature and our “who-leness” 🙂 (identity and connection) with the world around us. Our bodies, minds and souls and our world can be seen as whole organisms and expressions of holiness at the same time. To some of us the common ground of physicality, spirituality and intellect defines a sense of wholeness and holiness. Whole and holy relationships can remind us who we are in connection with the world around us.

In a fragmented and divided world, restorative work and acceptance can bring back wholeness and holiness. Seeing holiness as unattainable perfection is a sediment ingrained in the creeds of some organized religions. In cultures that have been referred to as pagan, totemism is a belief in connections between human societies and imperfect natural beings or occurrences. As nature around us can be seen in its holiness as Gaia reflected in rivers, hills, stones, our spiritual and intellectual selves can find expressions of wholeness and holiness in enlightening experiences.

Wholeness and holiness can be seen as purposes of our lives, as roots and wings of a sense of belonging to all that surrounds us. They can be the aspirations to hold close to our hearts when we need healing as a longing for renewed wholeness. Our own healing can have the relentless force of making our broken selves whole again, in connection with the world of existence. In this perspective, extreme wholeness can be found in selflessness and feeling all that is around you as your own. Wholeness can be found in this harmony and in the daily dance with the world around us. As it is hard to imagine holiness and wholeness with righteousness, it is much easier to imagine holiness and wholeness lived in humility, grace and kindness. When the world wants division, we can respond with whole and holy love to keep us together..