Oneness – A Foundation for Excellence

You can learn a lot about people by watching how they reach for something they want.

Did the hand stretch out while the shoulder pulled back? If so, there’s a conflicted intent. Or did the shoulder and hand move together in unison? If so, intent and action were consistent. Aside from armchair psychology, health is affected. Oneness matters because without it, the body/body connection doesn’t fully express itself.

Without oneness, compressed or twisted joints may take root as the body pulls against itself in different directions. Soft tissue may become hard and inflexible. An observer may conclude that this person doesn’t know where he/she is going.

You can see oneness in the body. The eyes, feet, legs, arms and all other body parts are unified in the direction of intent. Body movements aren’t disjointed; instead they work together. Feet are aware of what the shoulders are doing. Walking incorporates a balanced crisscross pattern. The head nods gently with each step. Eyes (and interest) open to the periphery rather than squeezing inward toward the nose.

Movement and purpose are unified. This person “knows where he/she is going”. The words “wholistic” and “integrated” come to mind.

People who exhibit oneness tend to get sick less than those who don’t. They enjoy life and have plenty of energy for work and play. It’s not that they generate more energy. It’s that energy isn’t wasted by the body fighting itself through contradictory movements.

Three useful guidelines are offered for improving oneness (there are obviously many more).

First, extend and contract with the whole body. Don’t leave anything behind. Use everything to accomplish your intention. When reaching out with the arms, let the hips and feet contribute.

Second, use the rule of periphery. Visualize that the finger tips control arm movement and that the toes control leg movement.

Third, move through your center, not around it. The center is roughly three finger widths below your belly button, and at the front of the spine. This corresponds to your center of gravity.

Enjoy the ease-of-being that oneness provides. Excellence becomes easy, even if the task is difficult. Every part of the body joins the team. Whether healing or wellness is your goal, oneness is an ally.

Wholistic science embodies these concepts. Physical therapy, movement therapy, Yoga, Tai Chi, self-healing, jogging, Pilates, Rolfing, dance, movement exercise, weight lifting, Qi Gong (and others) embody this understanding.


Jack Menear