Wellness is an encompassing term that describes the entire person, not just their physical health. A well-balanced mind, body and spirit, is essential to overall wellness. Studies show that people, who suffer imbalances in any area, will find it more difficult to establish and follow through with healthy lifestyle improvements.
In order to help more people stay physically well, it becomes vital to help them create balance in the other areas as well. This is part one of an ongoing series, designed to help readers identify true nature and align with purpose. When working in the flow of alignment, it becomes easier to do the healthy behaviors that most already know would be beneficial to wellbeing.
Shift Happens author, Robert Holden, makes the case: “Some people “go” through life, and other people “grow” through life.” This becomes an identifying factor to whether someone will lead a satisfying and fulfilled life, or will just get through it. Throughout this insightful book, the author guides the reader on a journey of personal discovery, designed to create personal shifts in thinking and purpose.
He states many ways in which these shifts can happen, one being “when you consciously reconnect to your wisdom and light.” While it may sound farfetched, it is simply a deeper understanding of self. He also suggests, “Healing occurs during shift.” The first step to create shift comes from identifying what he calls the “unconditioned self.” This is someone at their original potential, before they encounter the stuff of life.
Much like an onion is layered with skins, so people are layered or conditioned with events, experiences, and encounters. At the heart of this “onion” is the unconditioned self. If you were able to peel back all of the layers of conditioning you would find your essential self, the one that holds your natural inclinations, your learning styles, your gifting, your talents, and your personality style.
While the outer layers merely interpret these things, through the perspectives of your life events, experiences and encounters, your essential self is pure and unconditioned by such things. It is you, with a clean slate. Many people get hung up on verbiage, and lose the concept. That is a bit like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
Whether someone is receptive or not to understanding this concept, may depend on how it is explained, or what it is called. If it is named or described such a way that it seems new age, religious based, or foreign culture, it will repel some people. So it is a challenge to describe it in a way the makes the concept clear, without attaching unnecessary baggage to it.
The concept of the unconditioned self, can help people to improve their thought processing and in turn, life direction. You may call it your unconditioned self, essential self, deeper self, soul, heart, essence, spirit, true self or any other host of descriptive terms. What matters more than the name, is the concept itself. It allows someone to reveal more of what they were meant to be, as they shed what they were conditioned to be.
Many of those people “going” through life, not “growing” through it, are seeking a deeper purpose. Often they look for things outside themselves to find happiness. For those who attempt this, it begins a never-ending pursuit. Even after obtaining, what they perceive would make them happy, they still feel something is missing.
It is as Robert Holden explains, “Happiness is not an it. Happiness is not in things; it is in you.” He goes on to associate happiness as your “inner light that has no off switch.” Those seeking happiness from outside sources have lost faith in their inner light and have lost touch with their unconditioned self. This can lead them into dark places, resulting in dark stories.
Creating a way for people to reconnect with their unconditioned self, allows them to reach deeper into what they know about themselves. Within each person is a true heartfelt purpose, one that is in alignment with his or her natural inclinations, learning styles, gifting, talents, and personality style.
Living in alignment with your soul purpose creates that link to your inner light. It is like flowing with a current, versus paddling up stream. When you are in alignment there is flow, there is happiness, and there is fulfillment. Alignment brings people into abundant happiness, regardless of their circumstance. Alignment to deeper purpose IS the something missing that so many seek.
This can only be achieved through personal discovery, peeling back the onionskins. Once you start peeling back, you will begin to reveal your hearts longing. The unconditioned self is restless when not in alignment, it always seeks to be restored. You can create this alignment through making small-targeted shifts toward your life purpose. While seemingly small in nature, these shifts will begin to reduce your struggle and increase your joy.
About Author: Lisa Schilling is the author of “The Get REAL Guide to Health and Fitness-FIVE STEPS to Create Your Own Personal Wellness Plan” She is juggles life as a doting wife and the mother of three boys, who keep her feet firmly planted on the ground! Lisa is a Registered Nurse, author and recovering pageant queen, who spreads hope with her Get REAL approach to wellness. She empowers women, caregivers and groups to unleash their fullest potential by helping them to see their true beauty and discover their REAL value.
She feels passionate about spreading this message of hope and acceptance to help others be PROactive about their health and not simply REactive. Lisa uses her enthusiasm to inspire people to value and appreciate who they are. She helps people build a bridge from where they are, to where they want to be. As an outspoken advocate for wellness and prevention, her motto is: “See one, do one, teach one!” Visit Lisa’s website http://www.getrealwellnesssolutions.com to claim your FREE Bonus Gifts!