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Isn’t My Body Just a Big, Organic Machine? It Has “Parts”, Doesn’t It?
What I’ll write about can be applied, by the way, to solve many other challenges you face, but let’s focus on losing weight for now. I’ll address solving other issues at later dates.
In my last blog post, I described the four main paradigms which arose from the first scientific revolution and have been adopted by the industrialized world. The first one I mentioned is the machine paradigm.
The machine paradigm was adopted because the science of the first scientific revolution showed us (inaccurately, it turns out) that everything in our universe could be broken down into smaller components. And all those components work to serve the larger entity they comprise; the smaller components have “jobs” and their jobs are all related to the maximum function of the larger “machine”.
You Mean I’m Not Just a Calorie-Burning Mechanism That Simply Needs Retuning and Better Fuel?
Think about how this paradigm is present in weight loss. You have been taught to think of your body as a machine. Your machine (your body) needs the proper fuel (diet) and maintenance (exercise) to function properly. If your machine is not functioning properly, all you need to do is correct your fuel and maintenance problems and it will be “fixed” (you’ll lose your unwanted weight).
Carrying the machine paradigm further, you have also been taught that the “parts” of your machine (your body) are all working in predictable fashion and will respond in predictable ways to changes in your fuel (diet) and maintenance (exercise). If your machine isn’t fixed, your fuel and maintenance changes must not have been the proper ones to make.
But I’ll bet you haven’t found these things to be true in your weight loss efforts. Most of us haven’t to be sure. And this paradigm offers you only one option when you find that your changes haven’t worked: since your body is supposed to respond to changes in fuel and maintenance (that’s what the diet promised you, after all), you must seek out new changes to make!
I Always Wondered Why My “Machine” Always Seemed to Be in the Shop!
Does it make sense that, because Americans have found diets and exercise programs to be ineffective, bookstores are literally flooded with new diet books? Every magazine, too, screams headlines offering you the next miracle diet which will finally end your quest to lose your unwanted weight. Within this paradigm, a constant flow of new diets and exercise programs is a must!
Rest assured, a good diet and regularly moving your body are important things. These recommendations are not wrong. But the paradigm within which you’re enacting these recommendations is wrong!
Quantum physics shows us that the machine paradigm is 100% wrong. The smaller parts of larger things do not exist to serve the functioning of the larger entity. And they most certainly do not function (nor respond to changes) in predictable fashion!
Put the Machine in the Junkyard and Begin Thinking of Yourself as a Big Group of Voluntarily Cooperating Free-Agents
The machine paradigm has been replaced by a new paradigm (which will eventually become the “conventional wisdom” of the 21st Century because it is truly reflective of how our universe functions). You might not be using this new paradigm yet, but your children (and grandchildren) will. But you don’t have to wait until this new paradigm is universally accepted and used; you can start using it right now to lose your unwanted weight!
The new, accurate paradigm which quantum physics has given birth to is called Holism. Holism says that the smaller parts of larger objects (like your body) are whole systems in-and-of themselves. And these smaller systems function independently (and sometimes even in opposition of) the larger “thing” they comprise.
So how can adopting holism help you lose your unwanted weight? In my next blog entry I’ll tell you a story about how your body functions that will probably amaze you (as it also illustrates holism in action). Stay tuned…