Considering the rise in health-related challenges, Many people search for alternatives to the common medical system. It is becoming clear and clearer that Personal growth is a significant aspect in establishing health due to the association between the "person" and disease.

According to the Oxford dictionary, to develop means to grow larger, fuller, more matured and more organized. It also means to transform something from a simple to a more complex form.

Development is the basic principle that affects all aspects of nature. Nature is characterized by constant transformation of form to more complex form. Death is the result when growth fails. Seeds germinate developing into plants, fetuses develop into babies which become adults and eventually elderly. Out dated technology is replaced by new technology. Road systems, social groups- everything must develop in order to survive.

Personal growth can be assessed using three main parameters:
1. Processes of growth from baby to elder
2. Mental and emotional maturation
3. Expansion of the Person

Expansion of the person means facilitating more personal potential facilitating new experiences and more complex ways of dealing with life situations. Choosing from broader resources increases the chance of establishing better health and resourceful life situations.

With that said, it must be understood that personal development is not about skills. Skills give you the ability to do more. True personal development expands who you ARE and what you experience. {It is a process of awakening not acquisition. It's an awakening of who you are not an acquisition of skills taught by others.

The aspects of the Self that are ultimately expressed are usually those that are aligned with one's beliefs and adhere to social norms.

For example: If you are failing college and believe you are incapable of acquiring an academic degree, the underlying belief is that you can't finish college. This belief blocks the aspect of having an academic degree even though you may carry this aspect as a potential at the core level of your Self.

Broadening yourself and what you can experience doesn't change your basic make-up. It allows you to awaken and draw from your existing core potential and make aspects that were previously unavailable become available.
It's not about acquiring something that you don’t have but rather awakening something that you had all along but couldn’t access. You expand who you are and the ways in which you can express yourself and experience life. This provides new ways of being in the world and of dealing with life situations.

Health conditions are physical manifestations of specific aspects. Based on clinical evidence, it is apparent that healing by means of awakening the Self is a valid and resourceful approach.

The drawback of this method is that development is not achieved in a single session. It requires you engage in introspective work. You must be willing to change your beliefs and the way you do things and be open to new experiences. In this sense it is not suitable for all health conditions because it requires time and effort.

The outstanding benefit is that by awakening aspects that were previously unavailable, you initiate new experiences of yourself and your life and old patterns fall away and vanish.

This does not imply that you will never experience any type of physical symptoms. Physical conditions don't automatically introduce an experience of disease and often are an indication of very essential and healthy processes. This in itself is an entirely new perspective.

Author's Bio: 

Joan Jacobs is a holistic healer with 25 years experience as clinical healer, educator, speaker and author.Joan teaches at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the Leo and Matilda Recanati school of community health professions at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and has held senior teaching and program directing positions at leading schools of complementary medicine in Israel. She teaches certification programs for Bach Flower practitioners and holistic healers and has personally trained numerous clinical practitioners. Joan developed and instructed a Holistic back-to-life program for breast cancer survivors at the breast health center of the Soroka University Medical Center, Beer Sheva, Israel. In 2010 she created an international healing and personal transformation workshop program called The Light Within and published her first book titled Messages from the Soul- A Holistic Approach To Healing."The Light Within- Awakening The Inner Healer" Radio Talk Show she hosts airs every Mon 10AM PST on Variety Channel.