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- What are ideals?
- A list of "ideal archetypes."
- The purpose of ideals.
- Techniques for managing our relationship with ideals.
- Beauty. The ideal of sensory state.
- Aesthetics. Artistry. Attraction due to sensory pleasure. Evocation of pleasure.
- Responsibility. Dharma. Intuition-based action.
- "Movement" includes more than just physical activity; it also includes mental and emotional activity. Mobility. Opportunity. Choice.
- Joy. Emotional pleasure.
- Physical health. A functioning machine (e.g., a car or computer).
- Balance. Lawfulness. Fair exchange. Karma. Laws. Police. Punishment. Revenge.
- Completion. Resolution. fulfillment. Fullness. Wholeness. Maturity is both a completion and a beginning; maturity is the end of youth.
- Hierarchy. Consistency.
- Attainment. Success. Manifestation. Ability to succeed.
- Morality. Integrity. Conformity to values.
- Money. Abundance. Ownership.
The purpose of ideals. They provide goals for which we can strive. However, ideals are unattainable by humans; they are complete only in the world of archetypes (i.e., the world of spirit). If we strive for ideals with the belief that we can attain them, we become perfectionistic (i.e., we believe that we can attain a perfect expression of an ideal); and when we realize our failure, we become shamed (i.e., we believe we are innately flawed).
- Archetypal field-work.
- Self-talk. For example: "I strive for the fulfillment of ideals." "I accept myself when I attempt to fulfill ideals."
- Directed imagination. For example, we can visualize ourselves being happy when we have performed well in our attempt to fulfill ideals.
- Energy toning. We can develop the energy tones which are associated with each of the ideals.
- The "as if" principle. We act as if we can attain ideals; i.e., we give our best effort (although even our best effort will never attain absolute perfection).