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A Retreat Centre for (

A Retreat Centre for ( Whote tH&aCth the healing process can begin with a conversation and the awareness of the here and now. Equal time should be spent pondering the immediate as well as the past and future. Recognizing the present can lead to a new realization of life's purposes. The individual and his or her environment form a symbiotic relationship that plays a determinant role in health. The term holistic implies an attitude, which is concerned with the whole person within the total environment. "Man experiences him/herself, thoughts and feelings, as separate from the universe, something we are apart of In doing so, we restrict ourselves to our personal desires and affections. We must widen the circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. " 8 Fig. 1 Human figure with Aura. The whole person is comprised of more than just the physical. Humankind is complex, intense and a so far unexplained interplay between the body, the mind and the spirit. The system is only as strong as its weakest part. The whole must rely on the strength of the parts, and the parts rely on the strength of the whole. A component is not well unless the whole is well. Therefore the whole is contained within each part, suggesting a holographic model. The holographic view of the universe can be used to understand the holistic approach. "The hologram concept states that every piece is an exact representation of the whole and can be used to construct the entire 9

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