TOMMY HELLSTEN

I am Tommy Hellsten. I grew up in an alcoholic family, from where I set out into the world. Within me there was a growing sense of anxiety. It took me a long time to find out where this anxiety was stemming from. I didn’t understand that I was FEELING bad - I thought I WAS bad! That is - I had a massively shame-bound identity. 

    The anxiety forced me to confront myself and dive into my past, to the root of the illness. This journey became an exploration into my inner self. Slowly, my own identity began to reveal itself with increasing clarity. 

    My whole career has actually sprung forth from that exploration. I’ve openly shared the details of my experiences in books, lectures and media. Why? - Because it seems that thousands of other people have been - or are - going through similar experiences. I want to encourage others to believe that it is possible to be set free from one’s past and be born as oneself to live one’s own life!

    My most important book Tähän olen tullut, a book about finding meaning, seeks to describe my inner journey. It focuses specifically on the significance of spirituality in the story of my life. This book is a sort of conclusion and a manual to my life philosophy. My three most important books are as follows: Virtahepo Olohuoneessa, Saat sen mistä luvout, and Tähän olen tullut.

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Author

During my career and life, there have been many things that I have not understood and which have at the same time fascinated me and raised questions. The result of wondering and structuring is often a book. After writing it, I understand something, but not everything. That's why I'm going to give a lecture on the topic of my book. After traveling for a year, talking to a couple, the experience arises that I begin to understand.

 

At that point, a new topic arises with new wonders, and everything starts over. Since I have written more than 30 books and traveled the world talking about them all, of course there has been a lot that I have not understood and therefore wondered about. So the professional title of diploma-prodigy actually fits very well, even though it was a twinkle in the corner of my eye that originally created it.

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I am Tommy Hellsten. I grew up in an alcoholic family, from where I set out into the world. Within me there was a growing sense of anxiety. It took me a long time to find out where this anxiety was stemming from. I didn’t understand that I was FEELING bad - I thought I WAS bad! That is - I had a massively shame-bound identity. 

    The anxiety forced me to confront myself and dive into my past, to the root of the illness. This journey became an exploration into my inner self. Slowly, my own identity began to reveal itself with increasing clarity. 

    My whole career has actually sprung forth from that exploration. I’ve openly shared the details of my experiences in books, lectures and media. Why? - Because it seems that thousands of other people have been - or are - going through similar experiences. I want to encourage others to believe that it is possible to be set free from one’s past and be born as oneself to live one’s own life!

    My most important book Tähän olen tullut, a book about finding meaning, seeks to describe my inner journey. It focuses specifically on the significance of spirituality in the story of my life. This book is a sort of conclusion and a manual to my life philosophy. My three most important books are as follows: Virtahepo Olohuoneessa, Saat sen mistä luovut, and Tähän olen tullut.

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I am Tommy Hellsten. I grew up in an alcoholic family, from where I set out into the world. Within me there was a growing sense of anxiety. It took me a long time to find out where this anxiety was stemming from. I didn’t understand that I was FEELING bad - I thought I WAS bad! That is - I had a massively shame-bound identity. 

    The anxiety forced me to confront myself and dive into my past, to the root of the illness. This journey became an exploration into my inner self. Slowly, my own identity began to reveal itself with increasing clarity. 

    My whole career has actually sprung forth from that exploration. I’ve openly shared the details of my experiences in books, lectures and media. Why? - Because it seems that thousands of other people have been - or are - going through similar experiences. I want to encourage others to believe that it is possible to be set free from one’s past and be born as oneself to live one’s own life!

    My most important book Tähän olen tullut, a book about finding meaning, seeks to describe my inner journey. It focuses specifically on the significance of spirituality in the story of my life. This book is a sort of conclusion and a manual to my life philosophy. My three most important books are as follows: Virtahepo Olohuoneessa, Saat sen mistä luvout, and Tähän olen tullut.

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Theologian

I have a master's degree in theology from the theological faculty of the University of Helsinki. I'm not a priest, but I have a final degree that entitles me to priestly ordination. At one time, I did think about becoming a priest, but I stopped when the therapy work and my own processes absorbed me intensely. 

However, theological studies have been the cornerstone on which I have largely built my thinking and my career. In all my therapy work, I have constantly considered the spiritual and spiritual dimension.

A big challenge and even the red thread of my life's work has become how I would manage to express spiritual paradoxes without falling into old, cemented religious concepts and words. I guess my theology, if I can talk about it, has primarily been reflected in this very pursuit of mine.

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