I hadn’t heard of More To Life before, although I have had friends who’ve done the Lifespring and Actualizations courses, and more recent versions of the original est training called Landmark , The Forum, and The Six Day Training. It’s not always possible to point to particular ways that these courses have changed our lives; some people just found them to be positive “peak” experiences, or just another general “food for thought” or therapeutic undertaking. I’m glad to hear that you found your experience to be valuable to you. As they say, “Thank you for sharing.”
I had one friend comment on MBTI, equating it to astrology. I feel that MBTI is based on what I recognize as scientific, as relating to the field of psychology, rather than the astrological systems of zodiac signs, either the month-based one or the Chinese year-based one, even though I have always very strongly identified with my birth sign of Sagittarius. I don’t read the daily horoscopes. I did occasionally when I was a kid and noticed how very non-specific they are, and how seemingly interchangeable they are, but for whatever reason, I still feel a kinship with people who share my “sign”. I don’t examine the pragmatism behind it, I know there is no factual scientific basis for it, and I don’t try to claim it as any kind of objective “truth”.
One interesting note about that is something that resonated with me. I have kept diaries since the age of 12. A theme that often kept coming up was the idea of my view of the world. I commented more than once that I felt I saw the world (metaphorically) at different times through a microscope, or through a telescope, but never through what I felt was the “normal” lens that other people looked through. This theme surfaced again and again from High School days, through college, and into adulthood. In 1998 I came across a book called “Archetypes of the Zodiac”. I looked at it briefly, and in the pages about Sagittarius, it said that the goal of the Archer is to reconcile the two views of the near and the distant, in order to shoot the arrow “true”, and reach the target. I was so excited to find something that spoke to me in this way, because it felt like a validation and an explanation of a personal truth.
I think that a person doesn’t have to “believe” in a system like astrology or the Tarot, or Jungian theory, or any religious or spiritual path in order to find something within that structure or construct that has meaning for them, or that they can attach/assign meaning to. I trained to be and became a licensed massage therapist, and I was very comfortable with Western explanations of cell structures and biochemistry, organ systems, and the familiar medical terminology I had grown up with. I was very uncomfortable (to the point of frustration and tears in many classes) with my required studies of shiatsu. I never “got” it. But I have friends who have been helped by so-called “alternative” therapies like acupuncture, and I’ve been helped by chiropractic and massage myself, and I feel there has to be something useful in these therapies even if Western medical science can’t quantify what that might be.