Starting a journey of healing, self-empowerment and discovery can be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. However, when you start this journey, it can be confusing to know what is a priority, what you need to know and indeed even where to start. When I look back when I started on my healing journey there are three things that stand out - 3 healing tips I wish I knew when I started that I want to share with you.
Your healing journey may challenge you but the results can often surprise and far outweigh the effort you put in.
Imagine a life where you are free from the things that drain you. Where you can enjoy life and go with it’s ebbing and flowing with grace and ease. It really can be that good! When I reflected on the start of my journey I could still feel the emotions I felt back then. I had a strong desire to stop the cycles of suffering I was experiencing and to learn how to create a life that I wanted. It took me a long time to learn through experience and also from knowledge, I actively sought from many different sources. With hindsight, I now see that there were three key tips that I wish I had known right from the start.
When I reflected on the start of my journey I could still feel the emotions I felt back then. I had a strong desire to stop the cycles of suffering I was experiencing and to learn how to create a life that I wanted. It took me a long time to learn through experience and also from the knowledge I actively sought from many different sources. With hindsight, I now see that there were three key tips that I wish I had known right from the start.
I know you probably have heard this before, but what this means is that there is no ultimate end to your journey. It is very easy to visualise yourself as being whole and perfect (and intention is very important), but try not to focus or create a point where you think you have achieved your goal. There will always be something new to discover, which keeps you growing and moving forward.
There are a lot of well-being experts out there who do great work. They may have overcome their trials and seem to be leading a life that you want. The danger in emulating someone is that it is their truth and not necessarily yours. Trying to force yourself into someone else's box will limit your potential and perhaps even prevent you from moving forward. It is better to learn from, rather than blindly emulating someone. As an example, when I started, I was very much into Buddhism and Reiki. I wanted to learn as much as I could, which is, of course, great! The problem was that it wasn’t just about learning, I thought it also meant I had to act the way I perceived a Buddhist or Reiki Master to act. I actually changed my look and behaviour to better fit into these boxes (What Box Are You In?). This just was not the person I was. What I had done was not only define myself as a Buddhist and Reiki practitioner but also bound myself to it. I had inadvertently limited my ability to grow and discover.
When you first start your healing journey, you will rapidly realise that everyone (well-being experts included) have their personal view on the same things. Who is correct? I covered this in What Does Truth Really Mean. There is undoubtedly a lot of room for different perspectives and approaches. But one thing that is not always mentioned is that as you learn and discover you will also realise a new truth. The more you move forward, the more your truth will change. I mention this point as it is very easy to hold on to a view as the ultimate truth when you first start. This is probably the main reason why many on this journey face challenges. If you can realise this early on, your journey will be far more comfortable!
Starting a journey of healing and self-empowerment is one of the most difficult things to do, and you have done it! Well done! I hope that these three healing tips I wish I knew when I started will help you as you move forward.