Know Thyself. These two words have been said by many of the great sages, philosophers, and gurus. I want to modify this saying a bit for the purpose of this post. Know Thy Complete Self, strengths and talents as well as weaknesses–those messages we’ve learned about ourselves that diminish our confidence and power. When we understand what undermines our abilities, we are then free to change. Particularly helpful in this self-reclamation process is Dr. Bob Murray’s article about post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, which you can read at www.upliftprogram.com/article_ptsd.html. I refer to it on my Feb. 1, 2011 blog post “About PTSD: Some Sources.” I want to single out this article because it explains a complicated psychological condition in a simple way.
Everyone should know about PTSD. Many children and adults suffer from this condition and don’t realize it. This ignorance keeps many of us from being the successful people we could be. PTSD should be explained in schools, and the medical profession should educate the public about it. Self-understanding is key to both emotional and physical health. To me, these two are not separate but because our society often separates them, I refer to both for the sake of clarity. In truth, our minds and our brains are in constant communication with our bodies, a system beautifully attuned. Once we know when PTSD is affecting our systems, we can control our response to it. We can manage it. In fact, we can replace PTSD with emotional health. If we make this intent a priority, we can heal ourselves. Know thyself. Heal thyself. It is possible.