Please allow me to introduce myself 😈😈😂
Here is my brief life story.
I was born a poor black child… Just kidding.
But close: try a family with Jewish background amid communist Russia, a country with anti-Semitic politics. I’d say – close enough.
I grew up in the family of a military doctor, who always hoped that I would continue in the legacy of medicine. And although I took some medical courses as part of my extended high school curriculum (special concentration), after I graduated high school and was deciding on college, I felt I liked literature better.
Let me tell you what literature means to me. I see incredible emotional intelligence value in fiction (a genre where many people do not see any practical value at all).
One thing that always fascinated me about books, is how fiction is able to reflect and oftentimes even explain our deepest thoughts and emotions. Fiction books do this by putting what we feel into a story, by providing an illustration of how things can go in life sometimes. A good story is able to make you FEEL what the author wants you to feel: disgust, fear, love, and so on. It gives us an amazing ride, if you think about it this way: we can experience things alongside with the main character. In other words, literature presents for us a library of emotions, from which we can borrow romance, sorrow, curiosity, heartbeat elevating chills, escapes from reality, and so on -- and experience them. And we can borrow life lessons from there as well. You know how the saying goes: smart people learn from their mistakes. Well, smartER people learn from mistakes of others – and books is a great place to find information on that, complete with a full picture of an emotionally charged, realistic setting,
And so, after graduating from high school, I started as a student of Liberal Arts at the University of Saint Petersburg in Russia, with a minor in World Literature.
Liberal Arts, however, is a pretty broad subject. And at first, this really irritated me.
I remember my first day at this school. During one of the introductory lectures, one of the professors was literally bragging that the graduates of this University stood out from other college graduates because they had a “very broad base of knowledge”.
This struck me wrong.
“BS, I was thinking. Have you ever heard of a Jack of all Trades?”
The professor continued to explain that the University covered a very wide spectrum of knowledge in different disciplines. He said that it made the graduates fit for any challenge that life may throw at them in the future.
I remember feeling a bit frustrated. At that point, I just wanted some very specific instruction in just one thing: how to teach literature. However, later in life I remembered that day many times – humbly. The way a rebellious child remembers their parent advice when they outgrow that stage.
Today, I cannot be more thankful to this school for giving me the priceless insight into how all things – oftentimes seemingly unrelated – connect and interplay, forming one undividable Universe. Today, I appreciate the opportunity to be able to see that: these connections are hidden from most specialized disciplines, which consider only one very narrow subject in depth.
And you know what happens when you consider only one specialized subject in depth? A Buddhist parable explains this very well:
Three blind men wanted to know what an elephant was. So, an elephant was brought in and put in front of them. Since the men were blind, the only way they could explore the elephant was by feel.
Later, when discussing their experience, the three men got into a heated argument, and could not agree on what an elephant was like. One of them had been feeling the elephants leg.
“An elephant is like a pillar”, he argued.
The other one was feeling the elephant’s trunk.
“No!” – he exclaimed. “How can you say that? An elephant is like a big hose! Don’t you know the difference between a hose and a pillar?”
The third man was feeling the elephant’s side, and he argued:
“I have spent twice the amount of time exploring the elephant than both of you taken together – and I cannot see where you’re coming up with your conclusions. An elephant is like a wall!”
I wonder if this is the nature of most arguments today – since most disciplines never study the whole picture, but select specialized branches only.
And so, besides my beloved literature that I was fascinated with, I proceeded to have to take classes in psychology in the theory of a revolution (remember – we are talking Russia during the communist times), economics and so on. Back then it felt bleak.
But now that I have found my specialization, again: I cannot be thankful enough for this broad variety of knowledge. It was among this variety, that I discovered psychology, studies in leadership and my present calling: Acmeology, the Science of Success.
When I happened upon Acmeology, I felt I found a real-life version of literature: a new, practical application to the understanding of different life situations and the language of emotions.
So, I continued to work towards my Master’s degree in Acmeology, while working somewhat unrelated side jobs, such as marketing and interpreting.
And what do you know? Shortly after graduating, when I should have been well done with school after the six years that it took to get my MA… I took interest in herbs and natural healing.
I guess, I finally saw the light, SAW THE BIG PICTURE and began to appreciate what my family was trying to teach me regarding medicine and health.
So, instead of being done with school, I proceeded to take further classes in different branches of alternative medicine. I started with in-depth studies and certification in Metabolic Typing, then – after realizing that a diet is not just about weight loss, but is a foundation of your health and longevity, I expanded my studies to herbology and aromatherapy, and then Holistic Medical Studies in general… finally narrowing them down to anti-aging treatments, natural cosmetics and weight loss.
By the time I was beginning to wonder if I was going to be a professional student, I was struck with a fascinating realization. I could suddenly see how all these “seemingly very unrelated things”: making money, health, the way you look, how long you live, what you eat, how are you feeling emotionally, what is the nature of your personal relationships with the people around you, and so on and so forth were indeed connected, and cannot fully exist and/or reach their full potential without each other.
Thank you, St. Petersburg University! This is where I truly appreciated the wisdom, which that professor shared in his introductory lecture: as important as it may be to study every subject in detail and to look at it in depth, it is equally important to not lose sight of connections between things.
And isn’t this the foundational principal of Holistic Medicine – as opposed to the specialization of different branches withing the mainstream approach?
At this point I felt like I have come a full circle. I felt that I had both a very clear picture of how things interact and how they are connected and work together, as well as the tools and the approaches to fix the disconnects when they occur. Not to mention that the approaches of Acmeology made it possible for me to expand my potential and go both into the depth and the width of the things that I studied.
And I want to invite you to the amazing journey of self-discovery and self-realization by using these principles as well!