This Simple Formula Holds a Key To Wellness
Dec 01

This Simple Formula Holds a Key To Wellness

This Simple Formula Holds a Key To Wellness

I would like to talk to you about combing two ideas; the first is about the etymology of the word, education. The second is a quote by Dr. Christian Hollj. These two ideas, when woven together, appear to hold a sort of formula to wellness.

Ok, so the first idea is this: The word, ’Education’ is derived from the Latin, ‘educare.,” meaning to draw out.’ Given this etymology, is it possible that our ancestors believed that somewhere within each of us lies an internal “knowing?” And further, isn’t it also possible (probable, even) that this could be the place Carl Jung suggests is our collective conscious? So, perhaps we have a storehouse of knowledge residing deep inside of each us that can be accessed. But how? I would like to suggest that mindful meditation practice, Hypnosis and Art Therapy (to name but a few) are paths that directly lead us to our inner knowing.” Try this: if the ‘k’ in ‘knowing’ is silent and if left off the word entirely, it becomes:


Add to this idea a quote from Dr. Christian Hollj, from North Carolina State University's Design Program (,

“The practice of Mindfulness Meditation is entirely about living in the now.”

                                                                                                Dr. Christian Hollj

It is said that “the key to the ‘Mind’s Eye’ is drawing.” After all, archeological artwork indicate humans have been drawing for years to record events. This predates text/writing. So, if one reads the previous sentence it can mean a variety of things,especially if you understand the word, “drawing” as a metaphor. For example: Re-read the quote above and this time think about the etymology of the word education. (to draw out). When both ideas are integrated, it appears that if the Mind’s Eye is accessed by drawing (out), again we find ourselves with a fundamental connection (read pathway) to our inner ‘now’, our inner knowing.’  This leads us right back to Socrates who said, "Know Thyself." It sure is a good place to start.