Tips on Holistic Self Assessment
If you know who you are you’ll get where you are going.
I have always lived, what I call a holistic life. I balance mind, body, and spirit. Holism is a very important concept for the extraordinary individual seeking to create an effective life game strategy.
To live well, you need to know who you are. This requires a bit of self-awareness which comes through self-assessment.
There are many valid methods of assessment that are generally ignored or largely rejected by mainstream psychologists, physiologists, and those committed to a more linear and rationalistic approach to human potential, wellness, and self-actualization.
Sometimes in life, many diverse elements come together to produce something that is obviously greater than any of the qualities in the individual parts. It is as if two plus two was to equal five. The doctrine that explains this phenomenon is known as synergistic holism. Synergistic Holism emphasizes the priority of a whole over its parts.
In my own holistic self-assessment process, I was greatly influenced by the concepts of body awareness and self-dialogue. Some of the most important theorists in these areas include Wilhelm Reich, Carl Jung, Moshe Feldenkrais, Ida Rolf, Rudolf Steiner, Randolph Stone, Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir, and Ira Progoff. Dr. Progoff, a peer and friend of Joseph Campbell, is known for his development of the Intensive Journal Method while at Drew University. Progoff was particularly interested in how Jungian ideas could be used to explain the lives of ordinary people.
“The properties of mind are not purely mental: They are shaped in crucial ways by the body and brain and how the body can function in everyday life. The embodied mind is thus very much of this world. Our flesh is inseparable from what Merleau-Ponty called the “flesh of the world” and what David Abram refers to as “the-more-than-human-world.” Our body is intimately tied to what we walk on, sit on, touch, taste, smell, see, breathe, and move within. Our corporeality is part of the corporeality of the world.”
― George Lakoff
I found that by applying these holistic self-assessment tools daily, I could harness my mind and body ever more effectively, and turn them into tools for playing the game of life with greater skill and with less and less unnecessary struggle.
Of course from the perspective of science and logic, the idea that the sum might be greater than the parts makes no sense. Still, the concept of holism and synergy has been embraced in many of the social sciences but is still considered a radical concept in the mainstream scientific community, though many physicists have embraced it.
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