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Out of Balance?

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Jonathan  Ellerby Ph.D.
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Aug 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Inspiration Deficit Disorder sounds a bit funny, right? It seems clinical but comical. The term is meant to be laughable since it suggests that the very normal process of being human and falling out of balance is somehow a “disorder.” That is intentional; it pokes fun at our obsession with labeling people’s troubles and challenges and turning everything into a syndrome, disorder, or condition. Inspiration Deficit Disorder is a play off the term attention deficit disorder, which gets wildly overused, in my opinion.

It reminds me of a cartoon I once saw of a serious and concerned-looking physician standing before a panicked-looking patient. The patient appears healthy, but sits shocked and afraid on the edge of the examining table. The caption shows the doctor’s comment, which was something like: “This may take some time to treat, and I’ll need to see you again. You have Symptom Deficit Disorder!” Of course, this means that the problem is that there is no problem. The meaning behind Inspiration Deficit Disorder, however, is no joke.

Inspiration Deficit Disorder is about losing your vitality and purpose, and forgetting your original source of love and potential. It’s about the cost of being disconnected and unaware of your own unique talents, needs, and destiny. It’s about a life of reaction (driven from the outside in) and the difficulties in communicating with others and finding a lasting sense of calm. In one way or another, it’s about all of us.

These days people don’t often take their stresses, choices, and challenges seriously enough. Instead, they wait until the costs become painful, hopeless, or overwhelming. The symptoms of this pattern of disconnection, although common, aren’t really necessary, nor are they the way we were designed to live. That’s why I call it a “disorder.” My goal is to draw your attention to the fact that you really don’t need to have high stress, bad habits, or imbalance in your life. Much of what you’ve come to accept is common but not natural in the sense that it isn’t optimal or somehow inevitable. Understanding Inspiration Deficit Disorder will change the way you view health and healing, as well as the way you make choices about managing stress and seeking success.

Please seriously consider this: Prolonged and exaggerated experiences of an inspiration deficit can lead to loss of relationships, severe health problems, and mental illness. I have no doubt about this, nor do I make any apologies for this claim. Extreme cases result in symptoms much like addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, compassion fatigue, and often worse. Inspiration Deficit Disorder can make a bad situation worse, and I believe that it’s the source of the high levels of stress that the medical community now widely agrees is the number one cause or aggravator of illness in America. Inspiration Deficit Disorder is serious.

Some people think that treatment for this disorder should solely be in the hands of medical professionals. On the contrary, it’s fundamentally a spiritual condition, which medical doctors and psychologists can heal only certain aspects of. At the heart of the high stress, low energy, and bad habits is a misunderstanding of self, energy, and original creative source. When you heal your awareness of these things, you can energize and heal your life.

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Jonathan  Ellerby Ph.D.
Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D., is an important guide to inspired living in today’s hectic world, bridging cultures and professional disciplines to help people find what works. Featured as an expert in film, print, television, and radio, Jonathan is the aut Continue reading