What we stand for
We live in challenging and interesting times. Great changes in the conditions for individual and societal development are taking place. At the same time the world is becoming smaller and our society has become profoundly multicultural.
This not only affects the way we think we should live our lives on earth but it also affects our life philosophies, spiritual truths and perceived connections between the material and spiritual worlds. Holism is a comprehensive way of thinking – an overall philosophy built upon the understanding that everything is connected, and that we all are individually and collectively responsible.
A changing World
Just as laws, ethics and lifestyles are changing, so our perception and understanding of existence are changing. We live in a world where existing belief systems are dissolving, new systems arise, old ways of thinking are reborn and new ways of thinking develop. This provides opportunities and fertile ground for new and more profound insights.
Our understanding of the world and of the relationship between spirit and matter is ever changing – this is a fundamental principle of the Holistic Society.
Spirituality and Religion
The Holistic Society distinguishes between spirituality and religion. We see religion as a system of beliefs confined by the frames of dogmas and doctrines, while spirituality is unconstrained by these.
The Holistic Society seeks to strengthen the individual’s right and freedom to pursue deeper understanding and comprehension of the meaning of our existence, without insisting upon one, and only one, truth.
Spiritual Reality can be experienced
The Holistic Society promotes endeavors that seek clarity and diversity by stimulating lively reflection on spiritual issues, free of preconceptions. Our key message is that there exists a spiritual dimension that can be experienced by human consciousness, and that we can improve our understanding of this spiritual reality.
The Holistic Society believes that mankind has potentials that far exceed our present level of development.
The Relationship between Reason and Spirit
The Holistic Society looks upon both spiritual enlightenment and scientific research as valuable contributions to increasing our understanding of ourselves and our relation to the universe. Together they form a whole that offers greater opportunities for development and awakening at all levels, from the understanding of the smallest parts to that of the individual’s role in their communities and our relation to the universe.
The Holistic Society believes therefore that spiritual development and enlightenment are not contradictory to a rational and scientific way of thinking.
The Holistic Society believes there is a need for ethical renewal and redevelopment on various levels. This applies to political and economic systems as well as to inter-human relations and spiritual understanding. We believe that political and economic structures should be based on holistic thinking with love and respect for all life.
The Holistic Society believes that building bridges between different philosophies, different religions and different cultures is critical to the development of a global ethic and a peaceful world. We therefore believe that conflicts should be solved through dialog and peaceful means, and that respect for all life supersedes desire for profit, greed, and hunger for power.
The Holistic Society seeks to create possibilities for improving our understanding of the unity and interdependence of all things in such a way that will benefit humanity as a whole, animals and plants, the whole earth and the universe.
Holism and holistic thought also implies a responsibility for the planet of which we are an intrinsic part. We therefore wish to promote a more holistic lifestyle.
The Holistic Society therefore supports ethical animal husbandry, ecological agriculture, and better access to ecological food and other health-food products. The Holistic Federation also works for the use of environmentally friendly energy and ecological construction methods.
The Holistic Society considers it to be a human right to be able to choose health-related treatments in accordance with one’s own convictions. We promote complete acceptance for alternative treatments and medicine, and a holistic focus on the human as a whole.
The Holistic Society sees it as necessary that alternative medicine and traditional medicine are given equal status. We would also like to stimulate a better dialogue and cooperation between these disciplines in order to meet individuals’ needs in the best possible way.
Rituals and Ceremonies
The Holistic Society values the importance of rituals and ceremonies for life’s transitions.
We will therefore try to meet such needs by creating, counseling and conducting rituals and ceremonies for transitions including infant to child, from child to teenager, from youth to adult, from adult to senior, etc.
The Holistic Society also develops its own rituals in connection with special events such as confirmations, weddings, births, and funerals.