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Of Refined Wisdom and Positive Change

by Rajgopal Nidamboor(more info)

listed in psychospiritual, originally published in issue 224 - August 2015

 

It is an oft-repeated cliché as also the timeless truth - that we represent our personality, with no facsimile or prototype. In other words, each of us is as unique as our signature, or fingerprint, with no duplicate or replacement key. This credo is just as much wired to our totally customized, or ‘bespoke’ brain, mind, thoughts and responses, as our emotional, or environmental, patterns or stimuli. This explains why all of us with the same experience, as others, seem to amplify certain features of the same experience in our own distinctive modes. To cull a paradigm - it is our individuality that helps us with our choices, or what we aim to be - in life, academics, or career.

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While it is agreed that one cannot really compute one’s personality type with a compass, what celebrates our persona is that it is not completely one, or the other - it is the part of the whole and also the sum of the parts. Besides, what moulds us in more ways than one is our cultural landscape. It opens up a new window of opportunity to our personality type, at every step, unless we freeze the whole expanse with our flawed precepts, or bias - the latter being the result of someone else’s perception, not our own conviction. Yet another factor that ‘factors’ such outcomes relates to our habits, patterns of behaviour and focus, besides the manner in which we conduct ourselves - in word and deed.

What we make of ourselves, from deep within, is more than just the everyday expression of our own mystifying feelings and thoughts. Such idioms, or issues, lead to a habitual, kneejerk behaviour, or anxieties, and ‘fleeing from the situation’ kind of responses, which are not so much based on logic, but craggy, unfiltered emotions. They tend to usurp the righteousness in us, leading to reactions without validation when faced with most of life’s familiar issues, for example, a cricket match - not development, or progress - between rival nations. It clogs every layer of realistic thought and action; it also leads to internal squabbling, acrimony, anguish, and also repulsion, depending on your success, or ‘setback quotient.’ If only each of us would remember, that, there is always one, handy filament of reason in every absurd action, our world would become a much better place to live.

On the other hand, when we allow our logic to get the better of our emotions, most of our so-called impossible personal problems would appear irrelevant in the wake of existing dangers that intimidate us. For example - the thought of a stranger lurking somewhere in the bend, the dread of brutality enveloping a calm locality, the gun-toting terrorist cutting his way through the security apparatus, or a vicious rapist waiting to unleash their heinous intent. This is where we need to bring in change, a big change, and expand on our faculty of rational thinking and active, collective behaviour - not to speak of shared responsibility.

When such a change for everyone’s good, not just the individual’s good, emerges it becomes possible for us to reconnect with rational corroboration. Call it refined wisdom that allows us to awaken our emotional energies - or, the engine that powers rationality that resides in us and enables us to free ourselves from shackles and be strongly resourceful, coherent and mindful of a cogent, potent thread of animated, realistic action, and not just the promise of success. This can arouse and guide us to steer clear of our own personal incapacities and bring about a revolution for positive change - while achieving harmony without fear, or favour.

 

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About Rajgopal Nidamboor

Rajgopal Nidamboor PhD FCCP M-CAM is a Board-Certified wellness physician, Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians (FCCP), Member of the Center of Applied Medicine (M-CAM), writer-editor, commentator, critic, columnist, author, and publisher. His special interests include natural health and wellness, mind-body/integrative medicine, nutritional medicine, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality. His focus areas also encompass contemporary research and dissemination of dependable information for people concerned about their health. He feels that it is increasingly gratifying to see most individuals, including physicians, thinking outside the box – especially in areas such as natural health, where the body knows best to heal itself from the inside out. His published work includes hundreds of newspaper, magazine, Web articles, four books on natural health, two coffee-table books, a handful of E-books, a primer on therapeutics, and, most recently, Cricket Odyssey. Rajgopal Nidamboor lives in Navi Mumbai, India. He may be contacted via editor@theintegrativepost.com 

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