by Diane Brandon


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The human potential development movement also springs from a move toward wholeness.  As we develop talents that have lain dormant and acquire new skills, we develop more parts of our selves – and thus become more of a whole.


As we start to reclaim disowned parts of ourselves and truly develop ourselves as whole human beings, wholeness is not the only result.  Self-development can also lead to self-acceptance, self-esteem, and self-empowerment.


We can also apply wholism and new forms to the personal area of career.  I first found myself expounding the following idea during a reading and was surprised by what was coming out of my mouth.  An idea had formed, unbeknownst to me, and it was an idea that I could apply to myself.


Basically, I found myself saying that one could assess one's talents, abilities, and interests and come up with a career that combined these, thus drawing on one's wholeness.  That perhaps we err in trying to think of having a job or career that already exists in our economic structure -- of trying to fit ourselves into a pre-existing hole, instead of carving out and creating a career that suits us.  A new form customized for us specifically.


In our one-dimensional society, we tend to think of people as being or doing only one thing.  But this, of course, is the antithesis of wholeness.  The eclectic person tends to be whole.  And that eclecticism can be incorporated into how one earns one's living. This idea runs counter to our era of narrow specialization, but I feel that we are truly moving toward just this sort of whole living and career, and away from specialization that cuts us off from things.


Wholistic living does not imply a closed system.  The moment we think we have all the answers and stop seeking and questioning and adding to our whole -- we close down and cease learning and growing.  Closing down -- not being open -- also implies separation.

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