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Chris Johnstone Chris Johnstone bio-physician. pond builder. whole person.

Dr. Chris Johnstone is an author, bio-physician, and coach. He writes and teaches about resilience, happiness, and positive change. [www.chrisjohnstone.info]

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As a child, I was fascinated by pond life. I loved paddling in streams with my little fishing net, collecting tadpoles, water beetles, and stickleback fish. I’d take them back home and keep them in a bucket, but many would die. The breakthrough came when we dug a pond in our garden. Now my new friends had a home.

Learning how to keep a pond healthy was an education for me. I came to understand how different species acted together to keep the ecosystem of the pond in balance. More than a decade later, when I was a medical student in London, I came across this same principle applied on a vastly larger scale. Gaia Theory, a new idea from science, proposed that life on Earth, like life in a pond, could be seen to act together as a whole.

At that time, I’d become interested in the holistic approach to healthcare. Rather than focusing on individual cells or organs, “whole person” medicine involves recognizing how each element contributes to a larger whole that’s more than the sum of its parts. A heart is more than just a bunch of cells, a person more than just a collection of organs. My medical training had been teaching me a lot about cells and organs, but missed important aspects of dealing with people. The holistic approach filled in some of those gaps, particularly when it came to understanding how people can play a role in healing themselves.

If your skin gets bruised or cut, within a few weeks it’s likely to have repaired itself. If you get a cough or a cold, your body’s natural self-healing abilities act to bring you back to health. The ecosystem of a forest has a similar restorative capacity, bringing itself back from the brink after a fire, flood, or drought. Gaia Theory proposes that life as a whole acts with its environment to regulate itself. So does the living Earth have the ability to self-heal after trauma? If so, could that ability act through us, its parts?

The word Gaia tells a different story about who I am and what my purpose is. On one level I’m an individual with my own dramas and concerns. But on another, I’m rooted in something much larger than myself. There’s a bigger story going on, and I’m thrilled to be part of it.

– Chris Johnstone

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