It amazes me when the perception sometimes associated with the personal growth and personal development industry, can still, in today’s culture of awareness and consciousness – be characterized or perceived as disingenuous ‘rhetoric.’ Even when those of us in the field are authentically speaking, writing, blogging, channeling in ways, which at its root foundation is premised on positivity, healthiness, wholeness, inclusivity, intuitiveness, expansion, growth and such…yet can still at times be met with resistance, scrutiny or even outward hostility. I find this to be quite fascinating.
I understand that we have all encountered many unique and different life experiences, which would naturally play a drastic role and have a major influence and profound impact on the shaping and moulding of how it is we are inclined to each view ourselves, our relationships, and the world at large. I am certainly not oblivious or insensitive to this fact nor would I pretend to be. I can relate and identify with this truth myself as no one is immune from social pre-conditioning which has instilled many individual false beliefs and concepts for us all. Added to this list is often skewed thinking patterns and counter-intuitive thought processes, which can perpetuate the sphere of scarcity, lack, self-doubt, insecurity, which many tend to self-admittedly, grapple with. This is evidence based and statistically a proven fact due to the consistent volume of people who find themselves gravitating toward self-help books, those who are in need of ongoing counselling and therapy, those who belong to a myriad of support groups, those who are on prescribed psychotropic medications, and those who even feel desperate enough to take their own life or who violently lash out because of what they inwardly struggle with. Living life in a state of fear although not always consciously aware of doing so, tends to be one of the worst epidemics of all. We as people often recycle what we have learned or what we have been taught and have immediately accepted and embraced it as truth without ever deeply dissecting or questioning the validity, merit or legitimacy of passed down information. We often choose to disregard weighing other peoples held beliefs against our own truth – our own opinions, viewpoints or perspectives for (once again) fear of possibly offending others, coming off as adversarial, or wishing to avoid being judged and misunderstood at all costs.
Many who flock to the personal growth and personal development industry – who have become the leadership forerunners via their books, webinars, speaking circuits, coaching and mentoring practices, have done so based on their innate calling/purpose with the intent to anchor others and by doing so – introducing others to a new perspective, a new mindset, a new way of thinking which only serves to empower others to empower themselves. Although differently styled messaging may be used to express similar type sentiments…what a breath of fresh air and liberating it is to know that there exists a smorgasbord of yumminess for each us to help ourselves. Not only are we ‘allowed’ to go up for seconds…we are encouraged to do so over and over again knowing that the delicacy of menu items provided are enriched with sustenance, nourishment, pure core ingredients for what healthily fuels our minds, our spirits, and our bodies. I have personally and professionally reaped the benefits from many of my peers and colleagues within the industry who because of their individual wisdom, insights, vulnerability, candidness, and symbolic, purpose-driven story-telling has reinforced for me… that I too, am not alone. When individuals graciously and generously are willing to expose their souls, reveal their hardships, battle wounds, scars and do so in a way which reaffirms how their own journey of healing, perseverance, resiliency, and fortitude brought them to where they now are in life (lighter and brighter) as compared to where they once were (heavy and dark) how then can you not derive inspiration, and momentum to want to do the same for yourself in your own life and eventually pay it forward and be of service to others with your own individual messaging, and imparting of life lessons? It is the gift that keeps on giving. It is the gift everyone stands to gain from. How lovingly kind it is to be offered a piece of the universal pie! How beautifully rare it is for everyone to receive an invitation to the same table of worthiness and deservability if you feel so inclined to RSVP and claim your seat! How lovely it is to belong to a community and a culture that only purports to raise and elevate the well-being of all humanity and from a place of cohesion, harmony, love, kindness, growth and evolution without the necessity or warranting of fine-print disclaimers, hidden criteria factors, statute of limitations, or mixed messaging? There is no us and them checklist – all are welcome and without sub-category based- acceptance. Personal growth and personal development does not discriminate nor turn anyone away. Humans of all faith groups, colour of skin, gender, language, geography, upbringing, socio-economic status, educational backgrounds…are welcomed with open arms, open minds, and open hearts and with no expiry date attached to the open-standing invitation to participate, to learn, to grown, and to contribute. There are no membership fees associated with your vibe attracting your tribe. Universal alignment and genuine connection is free of charge. You are welcome to come and go as often as you wish and are free to stay for as long as you desire. No one will kick you out for being either a silent or a vocal participator. What a gift to be invited to a place premised on raising you up rather than tearing you down. What a sanctuary of safety to have free access to whereby you are validated, supported and encouraged as opposed to mocked, ridiculed and shamed. What a treat it truly is to belong to a space where you are celebrated for your commitment to want to thrive, flourish and blossom and are inspired to always want to be the most improved version of your best self every single day!
In my humble opinion and life experience, the world of personal growth and personal development has embodied only what is right and what is paramount to creating the life we all equally deserve for ourselves. It is for this reason that I do not equate the word, ‘rhetoric’ or its definition to be synonymous with the core principles and key concepts which are consistent with both growth and development. I am proud and humbled to be a part of anything which stands to improve and enhance the lives of others. It is an honour, a privilege, and a pleasure!
Uplifting you to fear less and to live more!