Things I've learned
What are The Antidotes?
I've made some big and unexpected discoveries over the past few years, through my own self-study, and it seems like it’s time to share them. I didn't expect to find that self-study and self-love would be the antidotes to my problems, but they were and they are. And I don't find too many people around who practice them consistently, probably because they are skills and they take serious effort to get going. But they are the big shiny opposite of the silly scary world we find ourselves in today. So I'm starting this blog now, and a 6-month self-study course in September. I'm hoping to create a little community of people who are interested in committing seriously to their own development over the long-term. And I'm wondering if we could make a new type of soldier. A self-study soldier, equipped with the internal skills to manage life better, and to investigate their own potential.
Let's see what happens!
Self-study is the technical, i.e. technique-based, study of yourself. It is a skill and a discipline and it is very different to our normal education model, which only trains a part of the intellectual side of the mind. Long-term self-study expands the limitations of normal awareness, and encompasses much, much broader learning. Aside from the incredible business of gaining an overall understanding of how we operate, and the actual causes of our own health and disease, self-study also allows us to start to tap into our hidden creative potential, which is inherent in everyone.
The most important thing about self-study is a long-term, disciplined approach.
I believe pretty strongly in that, because I have experienced the results for myself. Discipline is a tricky word, because it implies all sorts of boring and restriction, but it's really a totally liberating, amazing and magical thing.
Yoga and EFT are the techniques that I practice and teach, but really it's all about the approach. There's a lot of amazing stuff to investigate! The self-study course will allow for systematic investigation of the layers of the personality:
Self-love is a skill, most people don't have much of it, it's not so easy to acquire, and it takes a while to build up. I certainly didn't expect to find that developing self-love would be so practical and involve so much work, and I also didn't expect to find that it was and is the ultimate antidote to my difficulties. So I think it's worth talking about.
I think self-love is so challenging and misunderstood because we are not trained in it or in self-awareness as children. Without those skills, we take on our various negative emotional behaviours and patterns, and keep them. The emotional layer is a messy one! So as adults there's a lot to unlearn. I've made a little cartoon strip to illustrate what happens when we don't process emotional difficulties.
So how do we remedy this? Well, we can't really expect to apply self-love if we don't understand what's going on with ourselves. Most of the time our awareness is following the whim of the mind and thoughts, so we don't notice the useful signals constantly happening in the body, energy states, and emotions. So the first job to do is to start training our self-awareness. A bit of diligent and consistent self-study is the game-changer here, and is the path to self-love.
More about self-love.
It seems a giant pity that many people don't practice self-study properly, when there is so much excellent scientific research already done on it. The results are already in! I've compiled a selection of research studies on my website which clearly demonstrate without any doubt the positive impact that Yoga and EFT have on health. Clear and positive changes have been measured in all types of diseases, in brain plasticity, and even in the expression of genes. I have also compiled a list of research studies that show how unprocessed mental and emotional difficulties cause physical disease in the body: inflammation, autoimmunity and unhealthy epigenetics. More on that in later blog posts.
If all of this compelling research is lying around, you might be wondering why more people aren't practicing self-study? Well, one answer is that there are some pretty dark reasons why this research hasn’t been better incorporated by healthcare and education systems into the mainstream yet. But things are gradually starting to improve. More on that later too.
However, another and more fixable reason people don't commit to self-study is that there is a major gap in training formats typically provided to the public. In the Yoga-world, there are a lot of weekly classes, and there are a lot of teacher training courses, but not much in between. This is such a shame. The middle-ground of individual self-study is where all of the real transformation happens.
People don't have much awareness of or much access to structured training formats that encourage them to do regular self-study themselves, with a technical approach which is adapted to meet their individual and changing needs, and with guidance at key points over the long-term
I hope my course will help a little bit with that issue.
I've recently started messing around with drawing cartoons. It's the best craic ever! I like words a lot, but I love visuals, and I hope that the Kaztoons will be a helpful way of summarising some otherwise complex stuff. View Kaztoons.
My own development has come about through consistent self-study, which I have carried out like an experiment, and still do. I've seen some amazing changes, and learned some big lessons, which have been antidotes to my previous false and harmful understanding of myself and the world. To my mind, it's like an equation: apply the tools and results are inevitable. I've learned some incredible stuff along the way, which I will talk about in my blog, but I don't expect people to just accept my truth. The only way for them to know for certain is to do the experiment on themselves.
I hope you'll find the blog interesting and useful. Sign up if you like it, and don't if you don't!
And if you are interested in starting the self-study course, get in touch and I'll be delighted to tell you more about it.
From the front-lines of self-study,