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It’s Never Too Late for a Happy Life


Last night I attended a talk on ‘Understanding Genetics’ by Kat Arney and Oliver James. Despite the excellent presentations, I suspect the majority of the audience left only with the understanding that genes are very, very complex. And almost certainly beyond their grasp.

I was actually more interested in listening to Oliver James, a psychologist and author, who writes about the crucial role of nurture – or the lack of it – in the development of mental illness. He gave the example of the risk of schizophrenia rising almost 200 fold, from the norm, for the most abused in our society. One of his suggestions was that the government should move towards the Danish model where nurture of vulnerable children is a key focus.

Since the chances of that happening anytime soon seem vanishingly small, it made me very grateful for the work I do now. This enables people, irrespective of past emotional trauma or abuse, to embody  the fundamentals of mental wellbeing and happiness at any stage of life.

For over 5 years I have studied and taught the 3 Principles. I have brought at least some of the skepticism arising from 30 years in law to my observations. The results from colleagues and in my own work are consistently outstanding. Over 80% of clients or participants notice very significant improvement. Initially I spent a lot of time talking to doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and so on, only to realise they had no interest whatsoever. One eminent child psychiatrist said to me, ‘Christian the results are too good. It makes me suspicious.’ Fair enough, be suspicious. But surely it makes sense to keep an open mind? In fact, contempt prior to investigation is far more common than open mindedness.

I began to realise that there is a vast ring of professional helpers – doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, CPNs, support workers etc – charged with helping people with problems, who are stuck in the middle of this doughnut. Despite the vast resources of time and money, outcomes for the ‘people with problems’ are surprisingly poor. And the professionals in the ring around them, while well motivated individually, are innocently perpetuating a system that gives them a comfortable living, while their clients stay stuck.

So now I work with the human being or human beings in front of me and leave the big institutions to it. And if each individual can discover their own mental health, isn’t there something revolutionary about that?

This lovely positive video by one of my teachers, George Pransky seemed appropriate to share:    I hope you enjoy it.  Rebecca’s story is much more dramatic and very compelling:

And if you are intrigued to learn more give me a call.

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