2. man functions as a unique system

Man functions as a unique system.

Not only does the organism function as a system but it does so in ways unique to its individuality.

Every human being is a deviate (from the so called ‘normal’) in some respects.

Each person has unique nutritional requirements, organ capacities, needs for sleep, modes of muscular adaptation and articulation. In his biochemical research Roger J. Williams of the University of Texas has found ranges amongst healthy adults like the following: stomach size 1 to 8; liver size 1 to 4; Insulin production 1 to 10; estrogen production 1 to 12; pituitary gland secretion 1 to 10.

In view of these kinds of data it would seem wise to curtail our advice to others on diet, on work and play habits, on sexual activity, on preferred goals.

The truth regarding any individual organism can only be found within that organism by attunement to the ‘wisdom of the body’ as made available to consciousness in any particular ‘now’.

Complementing the findings of the biochemists, psychologists have determined that no two persons see, taste, touch, smell or hear an event in exactly the same way. Nor does the same person perceive similar things or happenings in the same way from moment to moment.

Each of our conscious acts of perception brings about an irreversible change in us and thereby increases our individuality.

When we make full contact with ourselves or our environment in this way we become more differentiated, we learn, we grow. Teilhard de Chardin has described this process of growing individuation in the following phrase: Union differentiates that which it brings together.

Some assumptions underlying integral development

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