Health improvement self-help programs are experiencing an explosive growth.
Book writing on this hot subject, conferencing to large audiences and coaching self-help programs are growing exponentially as well.
Yoga, meditation and other similar practices are not only great relaxation tools, but by helping to eliminate daily stress, these practices are very effective health maintenance tools as well. Even more, those engaged on their own self-healing path with enough enthusiasm, devotion, willpower, time and energy, most probably will succeed one day.
However, while health improvement and self-healing programs are not necessarily doomed to fail, the chances of them failing are substantial. Those engaged in an emotional self-healing journey through spiritual awakening will soon realize that this is not an easy-going and fast done process, but a time and energy-consuming lifelong battle. Whith time, they will discover that whatever feeling arises against your will, most probably it won't succumb to your reason. Because only what is born of reason can eventually be banned by the reason alone.
Help-yourself practice enthusiasts will probably discover during their self-healing journey that Western culture mistakenly considers traditional healing therapies and self-healing practices as nothing but a set of easy-to-learn specific techniques and procedures, the same as Western allopathic medicine actually is. The effectiveness of self-help programs is conditioned by the ability of the self-help practitioner to effectively focus on his practice. This task is not easy to achieve when the mind is crippled by overwhelming fearful or painful feelings, or by pain. Therefore, self-help programs are not the best option to consider when you are facing serious or life-threatening health conditions, as help-yourself programs are time counter-efficient.
Mindfulness and spirituality have a long traditional practice path and a very short laic (secular) history. The teachings of Lao Tzu, Confucius and Buddha have undergone profound changes during the last 2500 years, as they evolved and moved over an extensive geographical space and through large cultural diversities. During the late 60s, the concepts of meditation and mindfulness were hijacked by some enthusiasts of Ulrich Neisser’s cognitive model and were shifted from a spiritual practice to a mere cognitive exercise. Therefore, these days the meditation and mindfulness are obsessed about cognition, thinking and intellect. Yet, traditional mindfulness, meditation and spirituality is all about quieting the mind and focusing on perception, feelings and intuition.
As an example of how traditional concepts have been manipulated to the benefit of the cognitive model and its derivative products promoters, everybody knows the Mahatma Gandhi quote: “Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your behavior. Your behavior becomes your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” What people don’t know is that originally, this quote starts with an extra line which is systematically erased in the process of hijacking and manipulating the traditional teachings. This extra line is “Your beliefs become your thoughts”.
Adding this first line to the above quote is restoring the truth and is completely changing the message by shifting the interest from your thoughts to your beliefs as the main source of your life reality. As well, when Lau Tzu says 'If you correct your mind, the rest of your life will fall into place.’ by “mind” he means soul and spirit, not the brain and the intellect. Although you are the creator of your reality, your life reality does not necessarily emerge from your desires. Your reality springs from your behavioral programs deeply rooted in your subconscious and governed by your beliefs. Your mind tends to create coherence between what you really believe and the life reality you experience.
Although the time-effectiveness of self-help programs with regard to serious health problems is questionable, these techniques are definitely very effective tools for relaxation and health maintenance. While Ericksonian hypnotherapy is used successfully as a self-help tool, it is not advisable to use traditional or somatic hypnotherapy as self-help tools.
For the irreducible enthusiasts of the practice of self-hypnosis, I have to mention that the induction of hypnosis by itself does not bring any health benefits, except the relaxation. It is the suggestion contained in a hypnotic framework which leads to health improvements. These suggestions represent the hallmark of each type of hypnotherapy.
Intuitively, people feel that there must be something beyond the limits of the observable world, they just feel that it might be something beyond the so-called death and they genuinely want to discover and take advantage of it. Reading books or attending conferences on spirituality will definitely bring new knowledge but it will not necessarily help you to attain a spiritual awakening.
Spiritual awakening is a profound change and may happen only if you truly believe and practice. It looks like the rational mind and the intellect were given to us rather to trigger our existential curiosity, to motivate the search for answers and spirituality, than to help us to rationally understand the spirituality.
Spirituality is not necessarily about intellect, cognition or understanding. Spirituality is all about quieting the mind and focusing on perception, feelings and intuition.
Or, to quote Lao Tzu, "Stop thinking and end your problems"
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Disclaimer: The above content is intended for general informational purposes and does not constitute any psychological or other medical professional advice. I don't diagnose conditions, nor do I interfere with any treatments given by your medical professional.
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