Self-awareness is key to self-empowerment

By Jenniffer Weigel

Chicago Tribune

We’re all looking for answers on how to be healthy and happy, especially at the beginning of a new year. Best-selling author Caroline Myss (“Sacred Contracts,” “Anatomy of the Spirit”) says that a good place to start is by ditching a “me-me-me” attitude and being honest with yourself.

“We have a lot of mythologies that are promoted about the American way and the American way of life,” said Myss, whose latest book, “Archetypes: Who Are You?” (Hay House), hits stores this month. “There’s a theme of perfection and entitlement that has always been promoted up until now, and it’s coming crashing down.”

Most people are conflicted because, Myss said, they are living someone else’s idea of what their life should be.

In her new book she describes the personality types and challenges of 10 archetypes, such as “The Caregiver” and “The Queen/Executive.” By being honest about our personal prototypes, Myss said we can better connect “our heads and our hearts to build our personal and spiritual power.”

Cultivating self-awareness is hard work, she added. “Truth is simple, (but) living it is not easy ... But the rewards come from connecting to your true self — to who you really are.”

Here are some of Myss’ tips for an enlightening 2013:

Myss uses dieting as an example. “It’s not important if someone looks and says, ‘I’ve got to lose weight.’ That’s the caboose in the train of your life. You have to understand the principles governing your life. If I find myself eating too much — I know I will replace that with an abundance of self-hatred, and that serves nothing. So I need to strive for balance. It’s not about food. It’s about balance.”