October 20, 2011

Why healing, personal development and spirituality are really the same thing.

Kiwan and Jai, two Masters of Simplicity

Sometimes, life seems so damn complicated, doesn’t it?! I have an intimate relationship with my wife to maintain and nourish; my child to educate, support, and nurture; my work to soak up my passion and creativity… and all the while the whole world seems to be trying to sell me something.

But lately, more and more, I’m feeling like everything is actually incredibly simple. Because the root of all these various and complex problems is the same – me!

When I get myself in order, everything else falls into place. Life becomes, once again, very joyful.

I used to think that I had to do lots of different things in order to get myself into that joyful space: Yoga; meditation; eat just right; get a balance between work and play; personal development work so that my relationships would work (as long as my partner also did personal development work!)… God, when I look back at what I was doing I cringe.

Now I realize that there is only one thing I need to do, and all the labels I used to apply really boil down, in essence, to this one thing:

Healing is this one thing.

Personal development is the same as this one thing.

Spiritual growth comes about as a result of this one thing.


I’m not talking about the word ‘healing’ as it’s come to be used so much – as a kind of band-aid. This healer and that healer who do this and that, and eventually, after a while, you realize that actually, nothing has been healed!

I’m talking about profound, permanent transformation.

The reason why healing, personal development, and spirituality are the same thing: because we are already perfect.

There is nothing to do, to achieve, to get. It’s all there already, right there, inside you.

All we have to do, is let go of what’s blocking it from coming out!

When Buddha said: “Be a light unto thyself”, I’m pretty sure that’s what he meant: ‘just look at yourself, you’re perfect!’

When Jesus said “All these things, and greater, you shall do too”, he was saying that he was nothing special – just an ordinary human being like you and I, who had realized his perfection, and through it, was able to achieve miracles. And that we all can do that too!

We’re all so beautiful, amazing, and perfect. But we don’t love ourselves enough. And that’s the crux of the matter. We simply have to let go of the blockages that stop us from loving ourselves.

That’s healing (and it’s really very simple).

It’s also personal development and spiritual growth.

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