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"The term 'holistic' refers to my conviction that what we are concerned with here is the fundamental interconnectedness of all things."
-  Dirk Gently in Douglas Adams' book 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency'

I take the term 'holistic' from the above-referenced book, but the following definition, from Wiktionary, also applies:triple knot


1. A theory or belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

2. A practice based on such theory or belief.

Rather than bore the casual reader with lengthy explanations, here is a brief overview and a few links on related ideas, thoughts and practices related to Holistics, Holism and Interconnectedness. All quotes are from the linked article within the quote:

  • The symbols section of this website shows several examples of interlinking symbols that express the concept of interconnectedness.
  • Hermeticism "encompasses both panentheism and Henotheism within its belief system, which teaches that there is The All, or one "Cause", of which we, and the entire universe, are all a part."
  • "The Hermetic law of correspondence says: that which is above is like that which is below. Everything that happens in the universe also happens inside of us."
  • "In physics, a unified field theory  (occasionally referred to as a "uniform" field theory) is a type of field theory that allows all that is usually thought of as fundamental forces and elementary particles to be written in terms of a single field..."
  • "A theory of everything (TOE) is a putative theory of theoretical physics that fully explains and links together all known physical phenomena, and predicts the outcome of any experiment that could be carried out in principle."
  • The Internet  "is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide."
  • Collective consciousness "was a term coined by the French sociologist Emile Durkheim (1858–1917) to refer to the shared beliefs and moral attitudes which operate as a unifying force within society."
  • "An archetype is an original model of a person, ideal example, or a prototype upon which others are copied, patterned, or emulated; a symbol universally recognized by all. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior."
  • Zappa connected virtually his entire output under the concepts of 'Project/Object' and conceptual continuity: "Project/Object is a term I have used to describe the overall concept of my work in various mediums. Each project (in whatever realm), or interview connected to it, is part of a larger object, for which there is no 'technical name.' "
  • Here is one of many New Age approaches to Holism.
  • William Bloom wrote a New Age book called Soulution: The Holistic Manifesto, which is described on the Amazon page as follows: "Do you have an open-hearted approach to faith and religion? Do you think there are many paths, all of them worthy of respect? Do you agree that all life is interconnected? If the answer is 'yes' then you are a Holist."
  • The Labyrinth Society defines the labyrinth as: "a single path or unicursal tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity... People walk the labyrinth for many reasons. Some do it to relax, some as a walking meditation, some just for fun... Labyrinths have been found all over the world dating from the earliest antiquity. Their origins are lost in the mists of time."
  • The endless knot has been described as "an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal."
  • The Endless knot is described here as follows: "The intertwining of lines represents how all phenomena are conjoined and yoked together as a closed cycle of cause and effect. Thus the whole composition is a pattern that is closed on in itself with no gaps, leading to a representational form of great simplicity and fully balanced harmony. 

    "Since all phenomena are interrelated, the placing of the endless knot on a gift or greeting card is understood to establish an auspicious connection between the giver and the recipient. At the same time, the recipient is goaded to righteous karma, being reminded that future positive effects have their roots in the causes of the present. This is because the knot represents a connection, a link with our fates, binding us to our karmic destiny."

  • Celtic knots "are a variety of (mostly endless) knots and stylized graphical representations of knots used for decoration, used extensively in the Celtic style of Insular art."

  • Mandala (मण्डल) "is a Sanskrit word that means "circle"... According to David Fontana, its symbolic nature can help one "to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises."

  • A Meme "identifies ideas or beliefs that are transmitted from one person or group of people to another."


Of course, this is a near infinite subject and field of study, but the above should provide plenty of food for thought.

For those more interested in a lengthy exploration of the above, I am working on a book about Holism and Interconnectedness - but it will probably take me a while to finish it!



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