The times, they are a changing

As you can see there is a different look and feel to the Practical Wellbeing website. This reflects some changes in the focus of my therapy work in Practical Wellbeing.

After a six months of soul-searching and reflection I have decided to focus my work on helping people develop compassionate self acceptance. It’s taken a bit of time for me to work out that this is the kind of work I am here to do. At the grand old age of 50 I finally discovered “what I want to be when I grow up”.

Now that I’ve discovered this interest it seems obvious to me looking back along the road how I have worked my way towards this all my adult life. First with Person Centred Counselling, meditation, Buddhism, yoga, NLP, EFT, hypnotherapy and many other steps along the way as I have worked towards a sense of self acceptance for myself. I’m fascinated in this work and it seems only right that I should put such fascination to good use.

So what’s the problem with lack of self acceptance?

The short answer to that question is that there is a lot of it about. In this culture a great deal of our early socialisation is about making us feel bad about ourselves. To have us fit in with our family, friends, colleagues or society at large and to motivate us to be good little consumers. After all “we’re worth it”, but only if you buy the right product.

A few years ago the Dalai Lama attended a gathering of some Western Buddhist teachers. At one point one of them was talking about self-criticism and the Dalai Lama stopped to ask his translator to re-translate because he hadn’t understood what had just been said. The translator obliged, but the he still did not get it, in fact it took a couple of goes before he understood.

The misunderstanding wasn’t because of faulty English but because the idea of treating oneself with contempt was completely alien to him. This attitude is much more common in the West (to the point of being endemic) than it is in the East.

What are some of the symptoms of lack of self acceptance?

  • You give yourself a hard time as your own worst critic. It says a lot that ‘he is his own worst critic’ is a very common turn of phrase.
  • You treat and speak to yourself in a way that you wouldn’t dream of using on anybody else.
  • Your relationship with yourself is poisonous, if you could get away from yourself you would. Unfortunately wherever you go, there you are.
  • You use every problem or difficulty you have as a stick with which to beat yourself up. However many problems or difficulties you work on there are always more to use to give yourself a hard time.
  • You think that you deserve all this because you are a ‘bad person’

What’s the good news in all this?

You weren’t born this way. No-one is born hating themselves, it is a learned behaviour.

Just imagine for a moment that at birth there was a mix up at the maternity ward and you went home with the wrong parents. Luckily for you, they were the perfect parents, they loved you, cared for you, taught you and you grew up a happy well-balanced adult.

That’s possible isn’t it?

If that was the case you might be reading this article and thinking “What’s the big deal? Doesn’t everyone like themselves?”.

If this article is ringing bells for you then it probably didn’t happen that way.

We get the parents and life we get and everything that went with that.

If you learned it, you can unlearn it, you just need to know how.

Just imagine for a moment that you:

  • could be a calm compassionate advisor to yourself
  • could treat yourself with the same kindness, courtesy and respect that you would treat anyone else with.
  • have a good relationship with yourself; being kind, encouraging and productive.
  • see problems and difficulties as just that, something to work around or accept and not use as a stick to beat yourself with.

Does that sound good to you?

OK, so how do you get more self-acceptance

There are three broad strategies

  1. Resolving inner conflict between the parts of you that are at war. We express these kinds of ideas as ‘I hate myself’ or ‘I can’t forgive myself’
  2. Changing unhelpful beliefs we have about ourselves. We express these ideas as ‘I am a bad person’ or ‘There is something wrong with me’
  3. Learning how to bring compassionate acceptance to yourself and your experience.

All these are achievable using NLP, EFT or other strategies. This is what I have worked on directly for the past six months and indirectly for the last 30 years. In following newsletters I’ll be covering various aspects of self-acceptance work and more general aspects of EFT and NLP training.

If this is of particular interest to you then you will be interested in the Self Acceptance Workshop on June 19th in Newcastle.

In case you think that I had abandoned everything else. My general purpose NLP and EFT work will continue and I will continue to run EFT and NLP trainings

EFT Café: Healing A Case Of Mistaken Identity

Vitruvian ManIn May’s EFT Café I am presenting a new EFT process for compassionately releasing ourselves from unhelpful beliefs about our identity. If you’ve done any EFT or NLP you will know that beliefs powerfully influence our behaviour and experience.

The most powerful of these beliefs are our identity beliefs – what we belief about ourselves. Completing the sentence ‘I am … ‘ will let you know what some of your identity beliefs are.

Some of them are useful: I am confident, I am capable, I am a good person, …

Some of them are not so helpful: I am lazy, I am incompetent, I am not good enough, I am scared, …

Many of these beliefs were learned in our early life experience and now guide our behaviour and perceptions. Addressing these beliefs with EFT alone usually needs a lot of detective work and tapping.

This new technique based on EFT, NLP and compassion work – quickly and easily takes you to the heart of the belief and lets you release it comfortably and easily so that you can at last put down this old identity.

The EFT Cafe is on May 12th at St Oswald’s Hospice Teaching Centre, Regent Ave, Gosforth, Newcastle. From 7pm to 9pm. The cost is just £10. You will need some experience of EFT to get the best out of this event.

EFT Level 1 in Newcastle – June 5th 2010

On Saturday 5th June I will be running an EFT Level 1 training in The Teaching Centre, St Oswald’s Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle. This is the introductory level of EFT training equipping you with the skills to use EFT to work on your own issues and those of your family and friends.

This training is fully self contained and open to all, after attending you will be able to use EFT confidently for a variety of issues. If you want to go further, developing your EFT skills for working with other people, it serves as the foundation for the Level 2 / AAMET EFT Practitioner course.

It’s a hands-on training with lots of supervised practice, you’ll soon be using EFT for yourself, and you may be surprised at just how quick, effective and painless it can be for a wide variety of issues.

The cost of the full day’s training (plus extensive manual) is just £75

Email me andy@practicalwellbeing.co.uk for an application form or call 0754 700 9116

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