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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Kirjailija

Urani ja elämäni aikana on ollut paljon sellaista, mitä en ole ymmärtänyt ja joka samalla on kiehtonut sekä herättänyt kysymyksiä. Ihmettelyn ja jäsentelyn tuloksena on usein syntynyt kirja. Sen kirjoitettuani ymmärrän jotain mutten vielä kaikkea. Siksi lähden kirjani aiheesta luennoimaan. Kierrettyäni vuoden, pari puhumassa, syntyy kokemus, että alan ymmärtää.

 

Siinä vaiheessa nousee uusi aihe uusine ihmettelyineen, ja kaikki alkaa alusta. Koska olen kirjoittanut yli 30 kirjaa ja kiertänyt maailmaa niistä kaikista puhumassa, on tietysti ollut paljon sellaista mitä en ole ymmärtänyt ja siksi ihmetellyt. Niinpä diplomi-ihmettelijän ammattinimike sopii itse asiassa erittäin hyvin, vaikka pilke silmäkulmassa sen alun perin loinkin.

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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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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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Teologi

Olen Helsingin Yliopiston teologisesta tiedekunnasta valmistunut teologian maisteri. En ole pappi, mutta minulla on pappisvihkimykseen oikeuttava loppututkinto. Aikoinaan kyllä mietin papiksi ryhtymistä, mutta se jäi, kun terapiatyö ja omat prosessini imaisivat minut intensiivisesti mukaansa. 

Teologian opinnot ovat kuitenkin olleet se kivijalka, jolle olen ajatteluni ja urani pitkälti rakentanut. Kaikessa terapiatyössä olen jatkuvasti pohtinut hengellistä ja henkistä ulottuvuutta.

Suureksi haasteeksi ja jopa elämäntyöni punaiseksi langaksi on muodostunut, miten onnistuisin sanoittamaan hengellisiä paradokseja lankeamatta vanhoihin, sementoituneisiin uskonnollisiin käsitteisiin ja sanoihin. Teologisuuteni, jos sellaisesta voin puhua, on kai ensisijaisesti näkynyt juuri tässä pyrkimyksessäni.

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