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Heal Thyself

One of my favorite movies is about an author who realizes she is broken as she finds brokenness revealed in her failed relationships. I remember reading the book Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert many years ago and thought what a great way to find healing as she travels to Italy to eat, India to pray, and finds love in Indonesia. Obviously, we would all love to travel around the world seeking wisdom along the way, but most of us tend to seek wisdom within walking distance of our homes or online. Sadly, wisdom is not always readily found and opinion is not the same as wisdom. Wisdom is seldom found because most of us don't know what we are looking for and will seek alignment over knowledge. In other words, we don't know how to look outside of ourselves and can't find wisdom from within.

In psychology there is a term that means to increase one's internal vision: Insight. When working with clients my main goal is to increase perspective to the way someone experiences their life, their actions, their choices, their behaviors, their desires, and their goals. When they learn why they do what they do, believe what they believe, and act upon those beliefs they can have, "AH HA" moments that lead to a better understanding and change becomes possible. Long ago, Hippocrates was considered, "the father of medicine" and he once said, "Physician, heal thyself." In therapy, healing very much occurs when the patient becomes the doctor and learns to care for themself.

Towards the end of the movie Eat, Pray, Love, the main character summarizes her journey to self-discovery, which she calls, "Quest Physics":

“In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call the ‘physics of the quest’, a force in nature governed by the laws of gravity. The rules of quest physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting and set out on a truth seeking journey either internally or externally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared most of all to face and forgive some of the most difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you” Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love


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