Patterns and habits? Role in a new paradigm

Our day-to-day life is often imbued with patterns and “habits” that function at all levels of our being, from the anatomical through the the physiological, the emotional, the mental and the spiritual. Increasing understanding of, and collaboration between, the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, physiology, neuroscience, and psychology will mean debunking the mind/body split of Cartesian European philosophy.

The traditional medical systems of India, China and Tibet provide inspiring models of ways to approach the reintegration of the more specialized and fragmented Western treatment approaches into an integrated system.  This will result in newfound health, well-being and dis-ease treatments that embrace the whole individual’s physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states. while taking into account each person’s cultural and environmental context.

Ultimately this requires the development and evolution of a new paradigm. My approach involves an integration of traditional wisdom, Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western constitutional models and the scientific method as it applies to our understanding of physiology, nutrition, and botanical medicine. In other words a synthesis of the wisdom and knowledge of the East and West, ancient and modern with the advances of science from quantum physics through to sociology! A tall undertaking.

For this task I require the contributions and inspirations of people from many fields and much experience. I invite you to join me in the discussion…

About owenokie

I'm a Clinical Herbalist, Wilderness Therapist and HeartMath Provider living in Scotland and am also studying Buddhist Psychotherapy.
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2 Responses to Patterns and habits? Role in a new paradigm

  1. mark jack says:

    Great, there is someone else thinking down these lines, I thought I was going to be the first person to have a web page on Integral Herbalism! I will happily take you up on the invite to join you in the discussion!

    A question I have that is related to your post is do you know of any modern studies or ideas within current thinking on the mind-body that relates to traditional constitutional types?

    Best wishes,


  2. owenokie says:

    Welcome! It’s good to have some help exploring this question….

    The work by psychologist William Sheldon, actually correlates very well with Ayurvedic constitutional types. There has also been some research linking chronic emotional states and risk for certain types of illness. I think anger has been correlated with increased CVD (don’t quote me on this!) which would match up nicely with Ayurvedic principles as well. This is certainly a fruitful place to start in helping apply AQAL to develop an Integral approach to herbal medicine and to seeing where and how various approaches to herbal medicine fit into the 4 quadrants. I also think there are some studies on Ayurvedic constitutional types but I have not yet hunted them down.


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