Re-Creating Your Self by Christopher Stone
You are more than you know. The person you call your self is only part of a more expansive self. When you get to know your more expansive self, you’ll discover that your personal consciousness is vast, flexible and multi-dimensional. At that point, you’ll stop underestimating your personal potential. For one thing, you’ll clearly discern the difference between your mortal self, and your eternal validity as a spiritual idea, created by God, or the original Source of all being. Also with this realization, self-limiting attitudes will dissolve into their native nothingness.
Most importantly, as regards the Re-Creating Your Self process, you will know, not simply believe, that you possess within you everything that you require to become the person you want to be, living the life you desire.
Your expansive self is a powerhouse of creativity with infinite potential, but you can’t fully use its godlike power if you’re unaware of its existence. Your goal, then, is not to expand your consciousness, per se, but to expand your knowledge of the expansive consciousness you already possess.
Limiting your current knowledge of your expansive self are the false beliefs you have accepted about the nature of personhood in general, and about your self in particular. I’m referring to the philosophies that deny the inherent goodness, value and purpose of the individual, attitudes that deny or diminish individuality and encourage homogenization, beliefs that cause you to label your self, thereby limiting your experiences. Among he most damaging of these philosophies is the religious concept that selfhood is born sinful – inherently and irrevocably tainted.
How awful that so many of the beliefs that diminish our personhoods are spoon-fed to us by some of society’s most powerful and respected organizations. Tragically, these lessons in self limitation are among our earliest and strongest memories. For as long as we allow others, even highly influential others, to define and limit our personhood, we will overlook our amazing potential beyond the boundaries we’ve accepted.
To develop a broader knowledge of your expansive self, you must first reject the limiting beliefs that diminish and degrade the very nature of selfhood. You can do this by: learning to trust and value your self, acknowledging and expressing your individuality, and, peeling off the “labels” that limit your experience.
TRUST AND VALUE YOUR SELF
You are inherently good and trustworthy; you are valuable, and you have purpose. These are basic qualities of selfhood, but, sadly, tragically, the world is often anxious to deny your goodness and worth. I highly advise that you reject any philosophies that deny your goodness, value and purpose.
We live in a time when a belief in the basic goodness of the individual has been sharply discounted, if not totally discarded – an era when the beauty and value of selfhood have been replaced by the idea that we are born sinful and flawed.
When asked to trace the source of their belief in a flawed, untrustworthy self, many Re-Creating Your Self students discover that they first accepted these ideas during early childhood from a strong source of authority, most frequently a religious authority. Mary’s remarks are typical:
“I was told that I was born sinful. Apparently, God had forgiven me for the transgressions of my original ancestors. Even as a young child, I believed this was carrying the concept of guilt-by-association to an absurd extreme, not worthy of any God, much less the perfect God my religion promoted. Besides, wasn’t erring supposed to be human and forgiveness divine?
“I was taught that the Son of God died for my sins! ‘What sins?’ I asked myself. Was existence sinful in itself? Is the very state of being a damnable one? What kind of sadistic Divinity would demand His Son’s blood to ‘save’ the species He created? And what brand of masochistic Son would comply with this morbid, tyrannical mandate?
“My religion went on to tell me that my body was dirty; my mind was Satan’s playground. Accepting these ludicrous beliefs, even half-heartedly, made my life a hell on earth. Later, I ex-communicated my church, but its brainwashing lingered. Too often, I have to remind myself that I’m basically good and trustworthy.”
A Re-Creating Your Self Thought: Beware of philosophies, religious or otherwise, that touts a perfect spiritual God, but simultaneously promotes the idea of a flawed sinful self. Perfection could not, would not, create anything that doesn’t reflect its image and likeness. Mortal man may be flawed, but God’s spiritually-created man is perfect, unblemished.
Next time: Explore and Express Your Self.
Have a comment, observation, or question about Re-Creating your Self? Please send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Copyright 2009 by Christopher Stone