Yes, wholeness and here's why. It is time for us to all become introduced to the idea of seeing our lives as a journey to wholeness. We are physical, emotional, thinking, sexual and spiritual beings. From birth on, we are on an on-going, growing journey to become our most whole SELF and create a life that reflects self-responsibility and choice. But few of us have been taught to know ourselves in this way . Instead, we've grown up in a world that for the last 100 years has focused more on disease/disorders than on wholeness. Consider the DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual)--a thick book that defines thousands of mental and emotional diseases and disorders. It has ruled the helping professions for quite some time now.
However, a shift began to emerge in the 1990s. Wellness and wholeness came into view as a new way to work with clients. At the Life Puzzle Center, we fully embrace this new direction. As a result, we start from the premise that 'wholeness' is the desired state of all humans and if they are not expressing wholeness, it isn't necessarily because they have a disease or disorder but because they have not been taught what they need to know to achieve wholeness. Our work then is focused on helping them learn what they need to know and as we work together, wholeness begin to emerge. Lives become more vibrant and proactive. As they express this new state of wholeness, old behaviors that are no longer necessary are replaced with more positive and useful choices. We move on to flourish in our lives.
Yet, this change is slow and the grand majority of practitioners in the psychology/counseling field remains tethered to the old model. There are cracks in the system and now, even long-established psychologists and counselors are entertaining change. As noted by Martin Seligman, past president of the American Psychological Association said in Time magazine in January 2005: “For most of its history, psychology has concerned
itself with all that ails the human mind: anxiety, depression, neurosis,
obsessions, paranoia, delusions. The goal of practitioners was to bring
patients from a negative, ailing state to a neutral normal, or, ‘from a minus
five to a zero’*. I realized that my profession was half-baked. It wasn’t
enough for us to nullify disabling conditions and get to zero. We needed to
ask, What are the enabling conditions that make human beings flourish? How do
we get from zero to plus 5?
Here at the Life Puzzle Center, Using the Life Puzzle framework, we start with the enabling conditions that make human beings flourish! This new, positive model is proactive, solution-focused and grounded in self-responsibility and choice by the client. The Life Puzzle reflects this as it is a tool to guide one in being able to build a whole life.
So, yes, wholeness! And if this makes sense to you too, come join us and enjoy learning new information that will help you on your pathway to wholeness too.