12/20/13

Self Help Books and Motivational Programs: Why Do We Need It?

images (1)I am quite fond of reading self-help books, as I have seen a dramatic impact of those books upon my own life. My personal favorites are Anthony Robbins, Jack Canfield, Brian Tracy, Joel Osteen, Paul McEnna, and Robert Kiyosaki. All these authors are part of my shelf. Some of my apprehensive and naïve friends ask me the benefit of reading all these books. Questions and comments such as “can’t you get ahead in life without these books?” or “is it mandatory to waste time reading these books?” are quite frequent. Some even go to the extent of saying that this is all crap and even they can write a motivational book.

But, I have seen that the people, who refuse to accept the need of self-help books, are mostly living monotonous and boring lives and are cynical about life. They are frustrated and derailed though some of them have accumulated a sizable chunk of money. So, before I describe the importance and impact of these books, tapes and motivational seminars, I would like to throw some light on the theory of positive energy of the universe. Lots of people and recently Lynda Byrnes of “the Secret” fame have realized the value of this positive energy in our lives.

The source of positive energy may be the universe, the sunlight, the amazingly beautiful nature, a fresh breeze, an oceanic tide, a smile, a beautiful face or even some inspiring positive thoughts. This positive energy clears the “dust, gloom and darkness” present inside of you and prepares a positive, healthy and pleasant mindset. Yoga is also a wonderful art of wellness, where breathing techniques are using to create positive energies in our body to cure of its ills and keep it healthy and glowing. Yoga experts also link the negative energies with many illnesses and the most common among them are skin diseases, depression and hypertension. Skin diseases have found their best cure in Yoga rather than using ineffective Allopathic ointments, which cause the allergies to grow and further alleviate our miseries. It also leads to asthma. So, it has been proved that treatment of skin diseases is best possible through Yoga breathing techniques.

Our present topic though, is not dedicated to Yoga; it’s to do with self-help books. We have tried a lot to create a huge buzz around materialistic gains in our lives, but our souls are wounded and hurt. Our society or the governments do not provide a therapy for those unhealed wounds. The irony of our times is that our parents and families are also so preoccupied with their own affairs that they are unable to dedicate some of their valuable time and attention to understand our issues, suggest the right way and cure the wounds and bruises on our psyche inflicted by the cruel world during our endless quest for success. We need a messiah, a caretaker, an expert and an adviser, who can understand our problems and suggest us the correct path. He should also be able to heal some painful memories hidden in our subconscious mind. Unless it happens, we will continue to live a life of misery, regardless of how much money we have.