Beyond “Self-Help”


When I was a teenager, my mother joined AA, started doing the twelve steps, and introduced me to the concept of “Self-Help.”    I became a sort of addict.  In any bookstore – shiny and new, or dusty and used – I could be found perusing through the “Self Help” section.  I devoured the works of Shakti Gawain, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Dorothy Corkville Briggs, and Seth, just to name a few.

So the term “Self-Help” held a certain nostalgia for me – or more accurately, a comfortable familiarity.  But recently, while going through the process of what to name this blog, I realized I had thoroughly out-grown it.  In fact, I no longer even like it.  I’m fine with the “self” part, but “help” implies there is a problem that needs to be fixed – or worse, that if there isn’t a problem (that is, we don’t need “help”) then we need not engage in personal development.

It all boils down to this:  after numerous decades of “fixing” my “problems,” I’ve now discovered that it’s more evolution I seek than solutions to my “problems.” How do the two differ?  Quite simply, “helping” yourself or “fixing” means going from a negative state to homeostasis of some sort, whereas evolution is endlesssssssss.

I know I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

So welcome to “Personal Evolution”  – a blog about personal possibilities and all the modalities you can access to be the best possible you!

Just to give you a heads up, I will be writing about each of the seven, main chakras over the coming weeks – describing their characteristics (chakraristics) 🙂 and suggesting ways to boost and/or balance them.  If you are curious as the current state of your chakras, here is a quick and interesting chakra test you can take (warning:  take it quickly; don’t overthink!): Chakra Test

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