Dis-ease Of Self Improvement
By Paul Bauer
The old sage Vernon Howard once coined
the phrase "psychic sleep" which he used when
he described people who went through life "going through
the motions" without even being aware they we're going through
these "motions' (or why they go through them).
of The Mind
People who struggle their way through life after a while become
exhausted from these struggles and begin to seek
Over the past 100 years, a series of "experts", pundits,
"teachers" and "leaders" have appeared who
pretend that they have all the answers to life's questions. Many
of these so called experts are male. These well intentioned
(but misguided) souls have more power (ego) in mind than the
well being of your soul or mankind (let alone our precious planet).
Like many males, I was once under the false illusion that my
mind was in charge and that all I had to do was plan more, strive
harder, work harder and all my problems
would be solved.
Does this sound familiar?
The "work harder,
then I'll get what I want,
then I'll feel
But, as Vernon Howard states so eloquently, we're beginning to
get a perception into the deception. The deception
that the male-centric ego energy has been foisting upon the world
for centuries that's created the wars, the struggle, the poverty,
and the heartache that people seem to continue to fall into.
(and since I'm a Male, I can see this insidious effect more clearly
then ever - and it's time for us to let it go :
We're now at a crossroads of
our civilization - one where we can continue raping the land,
wasting our precious resources and watching our children suffer
from lack of love or we can wake up from our "psychic
sleep" and live in harmony with Mother Nature instead of
Your Own Compass - Your Own
What's this got to do with the Disease of Self Improvement? As
the old sages have taught us, it's important to understand where
we've come from in order to know where we're going.
If we've come from a male dominated (fear-based) past where few
(if any) of the leaders were truly happy with themselves, isn't
it vitally important to examine (question) the principles they've
passed on (in other words brainwashed society into
The Disease of Self Improvement means that many of us have bought-into
the false notion that in order to feel
happy, we have to be more, do more, make more,
strive more, push more... until we're so
exhausted, so dis-connected from our True
selves that even if
we found our True selves again we may have a hard time recognizing
(or feeling) if it's the real thing.
In todays society, these fear-based principles have wound their
way into every family, every school, every organization and have
wound themselves so tightly into the structure - the very
fabric of the culture that we're unable to even notice
it or the effect that this fear-based struggle
has upon our bodies, our energy, our society or our children.
As these experts continue to spread this fear-based mentality
like a contagious disease, many of us are still caught off guard
because we're so caught up in the very same struggle that they
are. These experts are afraid - afraid that they'll lose control
- that they'll lose power and lose their dominance in the marketplace.
So what can we do to see beyond these so called "experts"?
really are is enough."
The way out of the trap of self improvement is to become your
own compass - like having your own roadmap.
Instead of asking directions from "experts" who haven't
even dealt with their own core issues, you can ask the best source
Your own self
Your True Self
As you re-discover the simple pathways of discovery
(and the sheer joy of self discovery) - you'll notice
that you'll pass these "experts" on the highway of
life. You'll recognize them very clearly, they'll have that scared
look on their face - like their losing their power over you.
You'll continue on your path. And you'll never need to look back
How do you begin to live your life without the need for "self
improvement"? Begin by understanding that you already
are whole. Already ok - already loved by all of us who
support you. You don't need anything more to complete
YOU. You already are special.
You are already divine.
(from "The Dance")
But what about all those books and videos and seminars Paul?
"Aren't any of them good?" YES, of course there are
many quality authors, speakers, and visionaries who will support
you and your Spirit. I'm challenging you to be discerning. I'm
challenging you to question the point of view of many of the
supposed experts and gurus. When you hear some of them saying
"You have to work harder and strive harder to reach your
goals" (if I hear that phrase one more time, I think I may
get sick : - ) - Stop
and NOTICE their energy.
Watch how they treat people. What does your gut say about them?
Do they make you feel accepted and understood or pushed and manipulated?
Just stop and Notice...
Your guidance system (your intuition) will tell you.
As you become more aware of your True Nature - Your Spirit, you'll be able to re-connect with
your passions, your joy, your Life's Dreams.
And so it is...
b - r -
e - a - t - h - e
So today, just...
Take today to free yourself from
the dark side, the male-centric ego struggle that has had so
many of us caught in the mind-trap of motivation
B r e a t h e, and take a moment
today my friend...
You don't need self improvement, you're already
complete. (and the solutions to your biggest problems are within
you - not in some guru).
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