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Ernie L. Vecchio asks individuals to examine where they were internally before COVID-19. He suggests that COVID-19 (like any trauma) brought down an egoic veil, awakening people to a truth about their culture and lives they couldn’t see before. He considers this newfound awareness an opportunity to choose to stay awake because people are more keenly prepared for guidance. In the abrupt trauma population, he notes that 3-5% out of 100 people make this choice. While the mental health profession has focused for decades on neuroscience, he feels they have been neglecting our emotional intelligence.
Ernie L. Vecchio is a psychospiritual mentor and thought leader offering contemporary wisdom on human suffering. As a trauma psychologist whose career spans 30+ years, he has treated over 10,000+ patients who suffered severe trauma that ranged from amputation, head injury, sexual assault, and paralysis. He discovered a common theme in their suffering and developed a healthy way for people to cope with adversity. Vecchio reveals a developmental understanding of how adversity becomes an opportunity for self-correction, growth, and healing. By acknowledging the human ego is only one-third of a larger system, people learn not only what is observing their life, but why and where it is intending for them to go.
Vecchio is the author of four books that includes his latest release, Feelings & Reason: Activating Your Heart as Compass Despite the Ego’s Interference, an international best-seller. In the book, professional helpers and seekers are introduced to a developmental and new psychological theory about human suffering that merges with secular spirituality. It is the missing piece in the mental health model and advances the mind, body and spirit movement. In essence, when one utilizes the heart as a compass, the road less traveled (inward journey) presents us with a reliable map toward self-recovery and our fullest expression.