Urges and Desires
It has been said that the most primal desire of the heart is to be understood, and the most fundamental desire of the human body is oxygen.
Roughly 75% of women on the planet suffer from uterine fibroids. What’s interesting is the number of women within that percentage that have never given birth. Passionate debate surrounds the medical question of
whether fibroids cause infertility or if never giving birth is a contributing cause of fibroids.
Think about it. Looking back at the evolutionary history of the female gender, the most primal job of the female uterus is to do what? Grow something, presumably, a fetus. What urge, then, could be more fundamental to the human body than even respiration?
The urge… to grow.
Hormones secreted by the body’s endocrine system regulate many types of growth. And genetics is a dominant factor in determining how much and how fast we develop. Many physiological growth processes slow or stop during late adolescence to early twenties. Teeth, bones, organs. American psychologist, Abraham Maslow, most known for his Hierarchy of Human Needs model, theorized about the human or existential urge to grow. From a humanistic psychology perspective, this growth surpasses just biological and also encompasses psychological and spiritual growth as we develop toward our potential.
The Dalai Lama teaches that meditation practice is the very heart of spiritual evolution and growth. That to deepen a connection with our inner selves grows and evolves our connection to our own innate Divine wisdom.
So let’s presume, for a moment, that the primary and most fundamental urge of the human body, mind and spirit is to grow. My theory, then, is that abnormal growths, like benign uterine fibroids or more perilous malignant tumors are caused when we stop growing in some other way. Even if parts of the physical body reach maturity in early twenties, the idea is that we continue to grow and evolve our minds and spirits to develop our personalities, learn to manage our emotions, and deepen our connection to our selves and the external world. And when those processes stop or even slow, the body’s natural drive to grow kicks in and forces growth to happen another way – abnormally, in the form of imbalance, illness and disease.
Now, I’m by no means suggesting that human beings consciously cause their own cancer or fibroids. There are multitudes of studies on the biological causes of cancer and other pathology. In 2008, Harald zur Hausen received a Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery that the human papilloma virus was a cause of cervical cancer. The bacterium, Helicobacter Pylori (H. pylori), has been discovered to cause stomach cancer. Alcohol and
liver cancer. Tobacco and lung cancer. My contention, rather, is based on a more global and cosmic examination of what happens to the human body and why.
This is the first in what will be an ongoing examination in several parts. Please subscribe to this blog to be notified of the next installment, and I welcome your comments.
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Every man has in himself a continent of undiscovered character. Happy is he who acts the Columbus to his
own soul. – Sir J. Stephen