We are hardwired for Wellness
Why is someone compelled to write their book, to share their story, to pour their heart and soul and all their most deeply held secrets in this most public way? Perhaps I’ve discovered my reasons in these words taken from The Aquarian Conspiracy, in the words of Tarthang Tulku quoted at the beginning of Chapter 8, Healing Ourselves, to quote ”Complete health and awakening are really the same.”
I’ve lived through many years of pain, unhappiness and hopelessness, which I blamed entirely upon my own behaviour, my appearance, my lack of something, but I knew not what it was, I only knew that somehow I had not quite measured up and now I was dealing with the consequences. Imagine how I felt when I began to grasp some understanding of why those thoughts were not real, why those thoughts were false, and that it was neither my behaviours nor anything else about me that was the cause of my distress, it was simply due to a series of events and the behaviours and understandings or lack thereof, of others, older and more experienced than I was. I was also exposed to individuals who had some serious psychological issues that I could not have possibly understood, that had contributed substantially to my lack of confidence, and struggles with my life, and ironically, but totally predictably to my health.
Finally, as I aged, and became conscious of the world beyond myself, and found that not only was I not alone in these situations, but that there was a way out. Initially, I thought that it was simply by leaving that difficult situation that would create the peace I needed, but that simply meant that I was physically safe, but not free, nor psychologically safe. Then the search and the journey moved out of the country where I’d been born and into a greater place, a place where I would begin to understand the greater picture, the greater destructiveness, but also the greater healing, and as in the words of Tarthang Tulku “Complete health and awakening are really the same”. So, when I began to try to find the answer to my health problems, I also became aware of the psychological issues that were influencing my life, and my wellness.