By taking a comparative approach to holistic philosophy, a universal model emerges that transcends the boundaries of time, culture, discipline, and defies rigid dogma. For although expressed variously across myriad cultures, all such models teach the same message of ‘unity amidst diversity’, the underlying baseline or mantra of all holistic thinking.
With the importation of eastern ideas into western culture, many people have become familiarized with holistic philosophy from an eastern perspective. For instance, such vehicles as the philosophy of yoga and its assorted practices, Buddhism and Taoism have all become increasingly popular in the west. The assimilation of traditional holistic health methods such as Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, acupressure, as well as the benefits of meditation have also done much to re-introduce the west to holistic thought, and brought renewed respect for ancient wisdom traditions.
Yet even though holistic thought has made a resurgence in western culture, awareness of holism both in ancient Egypt (Kemet) & Greece is far less familiar to the general populace, nor taught in academia – with few exceptions. Finally, an understanding of Egyptian philosophy is rare indeed, yet it provides the earliest, most ancient documentation of holistic thinking with texts dating back over 4,000 years ago, and should not be overlooked.
On the surface, these diverse cultural and conceptual worldviews may appear utterly different or only superficially similar. Yet philosophical parallels are evident to those who take the time to observe and study them. Once you learn to identify the core elements of holistic thinking, you will be able to recognize these pivotal themes, the use of recurrent imagery, how each of these philosophical frameworks actually complement each other, as well as how they parallel other holistic ideologies in different historic periods and cultures.