In the past, I thought that innate health or resiliency (two ways of expressing the same concept) was a personal or individual characteristic intrinsic to all human beings. This was only after I learned that it existed at all. Before that, it didn’t even register as being relevant to me. In fact, the notion of innate health was as fantastical to me as fairies or garden gnomes (no offence intended to those who are believers!!).
As I have gradually learned more about the workings of the Mind, I have come to appreciate that what exists within me as a constant, must exist as a constant in the universe as well. The implication of this means that resiliency or mental health is part of all life – not just part of each one of us as individuals. By virtue of being alive, we are all blessed to be recipients of this offering. It is genetically encoded into the blueprint of the universe.
This week I read a powerful essay by Lord Jonathan Sacks, the previous Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, author of over 30 books and the recipient of the 2016 Templeton Prize, which beautifully expressed this idea…
Lord Sacks writes that after a lecture he gave a number of years ago at Cambridge University, he was handed a book by Sir Martin Rees (now Baron Rees), President of the Royal Society, winner of the 2011 Templeton Prize and widely regarded as Britain’s most distinguished scientist.
The book – “Just Six Numbers – The Deep Forces that Shape the Universe” – explains how the universe is shaped by six mathematical constants which, had they varied by a millionth or trillionth degree, would have resulted in no universe or at least no life. In Lord Sacks’ words: “Had the force of gravity been slightly different, for example, the universe would have expanded or imploded in such a way as to preclude the formation of the stars and planets. Had nuclear efficiency been slightly lower, the cosmos would consist only of hydrogen; no life would have emerged. Had it been slightly higher, there would have been rapid stellar evolution and decay, again leaving no time for life to emerge.”
Lord Sacks proceeds to explain how, in the Bible, there is incredible attention given to the precise dimensions and workings regarding the construction of the Tabernacle. (This is important to know lest you think this is a matter of God being pedantic in an OCD kind of way.) Lord Sacks further points out that the Tabernacle was a microcosm of the world God made. “It was meant to signal, powerfully and palpably, that God exists throughout the cosmos; a man-made structure to mirror and focus attention on the Divinely-created universe.” What existed in the Tabernacle existed in the world.
This brings me back to resilience or innate health. The “resilience coding” is inherent within me and it is also inherent within all individuals, families, schools, communities, institutions and governments. And, wait for it, this coding is also inherent within the world. What makes a resilient individual is the same coding that makes a resilient world. It is not personal. It is a constant.
The false barriers we erect that betray or make this coding feel like the property of the lucky few, will be the same barriers that society, schools, institutions and countries are erecting. Fear, confusion, anger, discord, conflict and insecurity are borne of the same fabric – whether you are little me or big old Russia. They are borne of Thought but are erroneously and dangerously attributed to outside factors. (For me, that appears in the form of work-life balance and speaking engagements. For Russia, that most likely looks like Ukraine or the USA, though you would have to ask Russia to be sure as I am no expert on this topic.)
Here is a further, crucial point: innate health does not mean we feel good all the time. In fact, it has nothing to do with how we feel. It is not about a feeling. It is not contingent on feelings. Feelings come and go as our thinking changes. But how our systems operate does not. We are now looking at a constant. Something that is always there.
When I stumbled onto the Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness, I realised I was learning about something that accounted for much more than my own well-being or resiliency. The more I have learned, the more apparent it has become that the Principles account for a genetic coding of the universe. And, like Sir Martin Rees discovered, the implications of this discovery is for the world, not just for us as individuals. This is a truth of a deeper nature or order than existing theories or philosophies about the mind.
We also cannot deny the Mind’s resilient nature. The single direction of the creative process of the Mind means that we could only ever feel our own thinking in each moment not the impact of others or the past. Me and thought, you and thought, the world and thought. Nothing else can squeeze in and affect us psychologically. This is a spiritual and scientific fact.
The implications of this discovery are enormous if seen. And potentially catastrophic if not. But there is always hope, because something that is constant works whether we are aware of it or not. So ultimately, all it takes is to open our hearts and minds to what is already there.
No person is excluded from the blessings of that which is constant. And that makes me hopeful.