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Understanding Wholeness

Gabor Maté Explores the Root Causes of Our Modern Malaise

In our quest for health and happiness, we often tend to associate normality with well-being. But what does it really mean to be normal in today's Western world? Renowned physician, addiction expert, and author, Gabor Maté, MD, challenges this notion and delves into the underlying causes of our collective malaise. Recently, I had came across this video, where Dr. Maté shared his insights. In this blog post, I aim to explore the key takeaways from this thought-provoking discussion.

The Impact of Illness and Trauma

Dr. Maté highlights the profound influence of illness and trauma on our lives. It's no secret that our modern societies are grappling with various health issues. Shockingly, statistics reveal that 45% of Europeans suffer from high blood pressure, while almost 70% of Americans rely on prescription medications. These alarming figures indicate that there is something fundamentally amiss in our approach to well-being.

The Three Brains: Head, Heart, and Gut

In his session, Dr. Maté introduces the concept of our three brains: the cerebral brain (head), cardiac brain (heart), and enteric brain (gut). When these three brains are in sync, we experience true wisdom and genuine awareness. However, the disconnection between these brains can result in a fragmented state of being, where we are cut off from our full intelligence.

Understanding the Head Brain

The head brain, associated with our intellect and logical thinking, plays a significant role in how we navigate the world. However, Dr. Maté warns that when the head brain becomes unbalanced, it can lead to a disconnection from our emotions and intuition. This dissonance creates a sense of emptiness and confusion, preventing us from accessing our authenticity.

Unveiling the Power of Gut Feelings

Following one's gut feeling is of utmost importance as it serves as a powerful compass guiding us through life's intricate paths. Often arising as an instinctive response rooted in deep intuition, our gut feelings encapsulate a wealth of subconscious knowledge and experience. Ignoring or dismissing these inner whispers can lead us astray, while honouring and trusting them can lead to profound insights, wise decisions, and a sense of alignment with our true selves. By heeding our gut feelings, we tap into a wellspring of inner wisdom that can illuminate our path and bring us closer to a more authentic and fulfilling life.The degree to which we can tune in to our gut feelings is intricately connected to the ways in which our nervous system has been wired in response to past experiences, shaping our coping mechanisms.

Embracing Wholeness

My approach, Allowing Wholeness, emphasizes the importance of integrating our three brains to achieve a state of wholeness. By cultivating awareness and reconnecting with our emotions and sensations, we can tap into our innate intelligence and find our true Selves.

In conclusion, Dr. Gabor Maté's enlightening video sheds light on the critical issues plaguing our modern society. By recognizing the role of illness, trauma, and the disconnection between our three brains, we can begin the journey towards wholeness and true awareness. It is time for us to challenge the conventional notions of normality and embrace a holistic approach to well-being—one that honours the interconnection of our physical, emotional, and spiritual selves.


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