Re-Creating Your Self by Christopher Stone
As I pointed out, last time, when it comes to personal development, and most probably to most areas of your life, you can learn from everyone, and from everything, but there is no better teacher than your personal experience.
As you transition from the false, negative and outdated beliefs, the ideas you described much earlier in your My Now Self Adventures in Inner Space, into the re-created you described in your Blueprint for Personal Change, you will see an acceleration in what you are capable of learning from your every experience. Perhaps this has already entered your experience. If it hasn’t already, it will happen soon.
As you come into acceptance of your new beliefs, you are literally transformed from the other-created person you wrote about in your Re-Creating Your Self Notebook, into the self-created individual you described in your Blueprint for Personal Change. Your new, positive beliefs, reflecting truth, not falsity, unlimited and up-to-date, will create better personal experiences in all areas of your life, automatically attracting other positive beliefs in the process.
Over the years, students have asked me, “How can I reconcile your Re-Creating Your Self philosophy with my strong Christian beliefs?” To them, I point out that numerous Christian scholars claim that Jesus performed His “miracles” by casting out “evil spirits,” that these same scholars also interpret as “false beliefs.” There is nothing to be reconciled between Christianity and the principles and processes of Re-Creating Your Self. The two philosophies are compatible and harmonious.
If you’ve followed this process faithfully, then your re-created self is, indeed, new and improved – as Madison Avenue might put it. However, your re-created self is never perfect. Knowing the rules of a game, you will better play the game, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll ever achieve a perfect score. Similarly, knowing the rules of the game of life helps you to re-create your self, living a more fulfilling, healthier life. It doesn’t mean you’re going to become the perfect person.
In truth, “perfection” doesn’t exist in the physical world; it’s an illusion. Think about it. Perfection implies completion. – Something that is finished and done. Check your dictionary: Perfection is a level of accomplishment beyond which there can be no further development and improvement. Thank goodness, no such “perfection” exists in this world. You really wouldn’t want to be perfect, finished and done, beyond further development and growth, would you?
Life engages you in the process of continually becoming more your self. For as long as you’re alive in the material world, you’re never done and finished – you never reach a point beyond which there can be no further development and improvement. Instead, you are changed somewhat by every action, by each experience. Becoming better tomorrow than you are today is always possible. This process is endless, and it’s up to you to make it endlessly exciting, beneficial and fulfilling.
Even as you become the person you want to be, the new self you described in your Blueprint for Personal Change, you will automatically, naturally outgrow some of the goals you had set for your self; you will seek even higher levels of expression and achievement. Possibilities for further growth, development and creativity always exist, no matter how lofty your present accomplishments.
I’m always re-creating the latest edition of my new self, and I’m always laying the foundation for further development and growth. Much of this foundation setting for future accomplishment is accomplished on the metaphysical, not the physical, level.
A Re-Creating Your Self Thought on Perfection: Many people are obsessed with achieving perfection; we call these individuals perfectionists. Some so-called perfectionists make themselves ill, both physically and mentally, in their pursuit of “the perfect job,” the perfect spouse,” or even “the perfect house.” The quest for perfection almost always ends in disappointment. That’s because the very concept of perfection is an abstract ideal toward which we strive; it is not an obtainable goal. In truth, we never reach perfection; at best, we move closer to that abstract ideal.
Although perfection is an abstract ideal, and not an obtainable reality, there are times when you may believe that “this job,” or “that lover,” is perfect for you. In truth, the job or the lover may be “perfect for you” at the point in your life that it has come into your experience. Chances are, after a period of time, as you develop and grow, and as the impetus for fresh challenge kicks in, “that perfect for you job,” or even “that perfect for you lover,” may be outgrown.
How about you? Are you going to be fulfilled, satisfied becoming the new self you described in your Blueprint for Personal Change, or will a never-ending impetus toward development and growth make that new self “old hat” even before you’ve completely achieved your goals?
Coming September 1: Your Best Self.
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Copyright 2010 by Christopher Stone.