Holistic law approaches “legal” problems as most often resulting from an egoistic orientation toward the world. An “egoistic orientation” can be understood as a delusional belief that one is a separate entity apart from the whole of life. Insofar as the ego is constructed mainly through learned conditioning, it convinces most people that they “need” this or that to be happy, to eliminate pain, etc. This approach, however, is fundamentally flawed, as actions arising from the ego seldom provide more than short-lived pleasure or symptom relief that is soon eclipsed by an underlying sense of lack. This sense of lack results from one’s basic failure to realize that we are part of, and not separate from, the life that surrounds us. Actions arising out of this egoistic sense of self directly lead to most legal problems.
In the context of divorce or marital breakdown, very often one or both partners have entered the relationship based on egoistic beliefs that the other spouse, the relationship itself, having children, etc., would serve to alleviate one’s underlying sense of lack.
In the case of criminal behavior, the perpetrator has often become deluded into thinking that obtaining a specific item, exercising power or domination over another, etc., is critically important to his or her survival.
In bankruptcy, debtors often have lived their lives according to an underlying delusion that their “self-worth” is largely dependent on their ability to acquire and possess material goods, place themselves in societally envious places and positions, etc.
Even in cases of personal injury, very often an accident will directly result from a negligent party who, being caught in his or her thoughts (ego), has failed to pay adequate attention to his or her direct, real-world experience.
In this light, conventional attorneys need to ask themselves whether they are truly acting for the betterment of society by embracing an approach that marginalizes the importance of a client’s basic orientation toward the world in which he or she lives. In contrast, the holistic approach works to address these underlying issues in a way that not only resolves a client’s current legal issues, but helps the client recognize past egoistic thoughts and behaviors that, if left unchecked, are highly likely to produce similar problems in the future.