"Do I contradict myself?  Very well, then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes)."   -Walt Whitman

I am new to My Trending Stories so I think it is important to take a step back for a minute to provide some insight into my project as The Self–Help Sucker. The continuing purpose here is to read self-help literature, apply the ideas to my daily life, and then write about my experiences. I sincerely want to be an equal opportunist when it comes to psychological, spiritual and personal development theories.

This gets me to the most essential point of doing this work- to practice radical openness and responsiveness to ideas that I would not have entertained in my previous, more empirically or “rationally” minded days. I want to live comfortably in a state of unknowing while resisting the very human urge to fill the void and achieve certainty. Instead, I prefer to think of the unknowing, not as a void at all, but as a condition for potentiality and growth.

With that, I do not want to assume the role of teacher here, but the role of learner. Many bloggers/writers/thinkers feel the call to teach, and do so intentionally. This is a beautiful service to provide for the world if done so in earnest. But for me, I feel a deep desire to grow, not just through the readings that I do, but through the interactions I have with people in the blogging community. For this reason, I encourage all contributions, as long as they are not hateful or disparaging of other people or their ideas. So please, think of this as a safe space for exploration of new (or more traditional) ways of knowing. I believe that we all have special, esoteric knowledge to share with others, just by virtue of our own unique situatedness in the world.

On my site The Self-Help Sucker, I started out focusing on Law of Attraction theory because I am fascinated by it. I also thought it was appropriate to begin a blog about openness and learning using a more fringe, though commonly held set of ideas. I am committed to exploration, no matter how wacky and weird the concepts might seem. But, I also welcome the ideas of more traditional religions and spiritual practices as well. With that, I reserve the right to contradict myself, or change my point of view at any time, all in the service of radical openness and the state of unknowing.

If you would like to read more from The Self-Help Sucker, please visit: https://selfhelpsucker.wordpress.com​

(This post was adapted from the original for My Trending Stories)