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Or to look at it more positively, we become open to change when the opportunities that growth presents are more enticing than the comfort and safety of remaining the same. Trina Paulus: "How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."
It was upon this basis that I wrote the book, Transforming the Mind, upon which the Trans4mind site was based in 1997.
Transforming human nature means transcending the very instincts and impulses that we were born with. To transcend we first need to accept and integrate what exists and then move beyond. Fear and resistance don't cut it.
Like an actor who transforms into the character that they're playing, you can transform into yourself.
Personal growth is not about amassing knowledge, it's about becoming more conscious, more one's true self, mindful of inner knowing.
When we listen to our heart, our life is transformed. Then, as Henry David Thoreau said, "Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined."
As Michael W. Smith said, "Transformation in the world happens when people are healed and start investing in other people." And Marianne Williamson: "Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one."
Transformation occurs when existing solutions, assumed truths and past decisions are exposed as unrealistic or unnecessarily self-limiting. This new insight allows you to view your life from a more appropriate and empowering perspective.
One of the foundations of transformational psychology is Abraham Maslow's theory of human needs. He believed that people are not merely controlled by their circumstances nor by their unconscious instinctual impulses. Maslow preferred to focus on our potential for creativity, believing that humans strive to express their capabilities fully, that they need this expression, and that fulfilling this creative need is the basis for happiness.
Whatever our astrological sign, our cultural conditioning, our numerological disposition, our parents' genes, our situation and circumstances, our education or lack of it -- we may consider these as limitations, or we may be more open-minded. The truth is that these factors really don't matter if we have a vision that inspires us enough and provides the energy we need to overcome any obstacles, so we can manifest our creation in the world we share.
For a vision or dream to be inspiring and energizing, it needs to be what we really want. Not something designed to please others or to fulfill their expectations.
The incredible thing here is that what we actually want, what is true to our highest aspirations, what is an expression of the true nature of our consciousness, is always an expression of unconditional love.
That is our highest, spiritual nature - the wonderful aspect that we each have as a human being. Yes, every single one of us, even our dotty neighbor and especially our rebellious child. And it is the challenge we each have, to rediscover and express our true self in this life. Only then will we die content.
I felt exhilarated and more powerful than at any time in my life, like I'd broken free of the bonds that were tying me down. I felt grateful to be alive and full with love. Sounds corny, but actually this was one of the best moments of my life. I realized that underneath all of this trauma was really a tremendous opportunity; it was clearing the decks for me to do what I'd always really wanted to do, what I was born to do. Continues...
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