In these ways holistic scientists embark on a transformative journey towards wholeness by cultivating their intuition, sensing, feeling and thinking in the practice of science as a kind of alchemical journey, as a refinement of the soul. In the process one becomes able to skilfully apply these four ways of knowing in any given situation.
For example, in some cases it might be necessary to temporarily adopt a mechanistic style of thinking to solve a problem, or to use the reductionist approach, or even to sideline the qualitative aspect of things altogether. A holistic scientist will use these approaches with the awareness that they are merely tools to be taken up and set down as is appropriate, for ultimately we discover that it is our intuitive perceptions (often supported or even triggered by mathematical reasoning) that provide the most rewarding and profoundly healing insights into the wholeness of nature.
Written by Stephan Harding