We are beginning a whole new feature today: Video Blog Posts.
I will be melding personal videos with additional content of a normal blog. I know crazy huh? But these our the new video times. This is a lesson in itself: don’t live in the past. Take the time to constantly evolve, to change how you work, explore and communicate in life.
Today’s Topic: Self Help
I have written about the self help industry before.
Also the Personal Tao site covers many angles in healing.
Self help in theory means becoming your own healer and ultimately your own master. Help isn’t only healing: help includes teaching and the personal evolution of your being.
There is more to self help than you might expect!
The Healing Aspect of Self Help
Understand healing isn’t treatment! Treatment is just a tool of healing.
Healing is the process of becoming whole.
Modern culture has confused healing to only be about treatments.
Self help is incredibly important today because we all too often get lost in the numbers. As the health industry gets more disconnected and pushes people into being numbers, we have to take the time to be our own advocate. The trap of course is the health industry is great at helping people who are average but sucks at helping those who fell outside normal problems. Once you fall outside the average box, the average problem, the modern health industry really doesn’t know how to deal with you with grace. Sadly people can get hurt by the health industry because they often get thrown into the wrong box, the wrong category of illness and then receive a wrong treatment.
This means it’s truly critical and important to keep track of your own baseline and health status. You have to protect yourself. I remember going in to a doctor to get a wart removed from my nose only for him to take a different bump off and he missed doing the wart all together.
So self help is good right? Well you have to remember we can be blind to our own problems with biases that cause us to place ourselves in the wrong category of problem to be solved also.
So this means we need a balance in working with self help. We need both to be able to help ourselves and use outside appropriate expert assistance.
Our Evolution in Self Help
Another interesting trap of self help is to give away our power. We will start with the intention to guide our own process. Yet once we begin reading a self help book or resource, all of the sudden a person will often give all their power to that resource or book. For the average person it’s easier to fit themselves into the self help book box and use it as an absolute road map rather than to hold strong to only use the resource as a guide for ideas.
So be careful.
Be your own advocate, know your situation and then adapt what you find to help you grow gracefully with time. Don’t do the reverse and force yourself to fit the box within each book you read.
Power is to be able to define yourself.
Always remember your power when on the self help path.