21 July, 2018
DISENGAGEMENT . . . A BARRIER TO SUCCESS, HAPPINESS, AND GOOD HEALTH: GLENVILLE ASHBY, Ph.D.
Many of the 7.6 billion souls who occupy this space and place we know as Planet Earth begin and end each day of their lives in a state of “disengagement”. They are emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually disengaged from their neighbors, co-workers, and even their children, spouses, and significant others. To be truly successful and live a fully empowered and happy life, one must be fully engaged – emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. One must be a “whole soul”. When we emerged from the womb, we emerged as “whole souls” -- souls who fully embraced life – souls who were fully engaged – emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Something happened to us during our journey from childhood to adulthood, that forced us –perhaps, for our own survival -- to became emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually disengaged.
We drag our “disengagement” with us everywhere. It is literally an emotional, psychological, and spiritual “ball and chain” we are dragging around day after day. It controls our decision making that may lead us to engage in self-destructive behavior – such as self-medicating – which negatively impacts our mental and physical health. We drag our spiritual, emotional, and psychological “ball and chain” to work, into the lives of our co-workers, into our relationships with our spouses, neighbors, significant others, and family members, and into the lives of our children. Our lives are supposed to be magical. We are supposed to live a life that is fully empowering and purpose-driven -- a life in which we are fully engaged --- spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. We are supposed to live our lives as “whole souls”. It is how I live my life.
I believe that we have the capacity to create happy, successful, and healthy lives for ourselves. Day after day, I encounter souls who have so much potential but cannot tap into it because they are burdened by a spiritual, psychological and emotional “ball and chain” they have attached themselves to. My belief in the human potential and my daily encounters with souls who are not being – and may not know how to be – their “best self” moved me to create blueprints for healing and empowerment and pathways to atonement, ‘connectedness’, forgiveness, rebirth, reaching our full potential, and transforming our communities and our world into an emotionally, spiritually, and psychological vibrant oasis.
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