Self-Development and the Making of the Self

In the big, fat, ugly world of corporatism there has been a saying circulating amongst the high-flyers and go-getters for some years now. It has permeated its way down the corporate ladder and is now emblazoned upon the lapels of the mass of apparitional go-getters.

As as saying its is horrible, crass but sadly has become widely accepted as a basis upon which to orientate a life set around greed and false values.

However, from a spiritual perspective it does actually contain more than a germ of truth. With a little gentle modification it reveals the truth behind reality and our connection to it.
<H2>A Devalued Society</h2>
There is no doubt that we live in a society based upon some extremely false values and beliefs. The two main ones that serve humanity no good whatsoever are that there is a limited availablity of abundance and that we have the duty to oursleves to make sure that we get to what is available before the next man – even if this means stepping on him in order to get there.

These two paradigms estabilsh the way the majority of the population approach their lives.

However, they create problems within themselves for they manifacture the twin deadly sins of greed and envy. Set into the hearts of all great men these eat through any moral fibre and turn formerly human beings into mere industrial machines.

In this false world of competition and struggle a phrase has emerged that has proven popular with those who would give their last ounce of breath to rise materially above and beyond their fellow man. Recently I have come across it in a number of publications – some of which have been written by well-known commentators who should know better!

So what is this all-powerful snippet of wisdom and insight into corporate success?

Well, it is this. In order to get anywhere in life you simply need to ‘Fake it Till You Make It!’

Sadly, in my business dealings over the years I have seen this belief to be responsible for the downfall of more than one good man. A bit like the hippys who completely misunderstood Aleister Crowley’s ‘Do What Thou Wilt Shall Be the Whole of the Law’ as licence to indulge in sexual and drug excess – and which was responsible for psyhological burn out, this axiom is completely mistakenly interpreted to mean that lies, deciept and covert lifestyles simply form a part of the necessary process to improve personal life.

In many cases the striving has proven to be financially costly with millions of people caught up in debt simply because they believed that ‘to fake it’ meant buying brand new consumer items to impress the neighbours and co-workers – even if the money had to be borrowed.

Life does not like liars very much and so eventually the schemes become revealed and the house of cards comes crashing down to reveal that the fakery created an illusion, a smoke screen that ultimately was unsustainable.

<h2>The World WIthin</h2>
Faking it, as a precursor to making it, is simply an action of an ego-dominated persona. It forms an approach to life that is based around those same concepts of struggle and limitation that I discussed ealrier.

Sadly, we appear to be moving increasingly into a world where the lines between who we really are and the impressions we want to give to others of what we want to be are becoming more and more blurred. Into the space that resides between these two poles we draw influences that can manipulate and control us if we are not careful.

Over the past few decades a whole science of marketing and promotion techniques has evolved around methods of selling goods and products to the less accutely aware members of the consumer society who buy into this illusion.

OK, so with the necessary resources it is possible to fake a lifestyle in order to improve the appearance of the quality of life that we enjoy. A big enough bank balance or credit card balance might just bring it off but its a risky venture with manay hazards to be overcome.

There is another approach, however, that is far less risky. It is far less egocentric in its approach and is based upon a rejection of the idea that we have to trample over our fellow man to get there. It refutes the idea that abundance is limited or that we need to enter into a competitive frame of mind in order to make material progress in our lives.

This is where it is necessary to make a small tweak to the belief that in order to make it in life it is necessary to fake it. For the aspirational perosn with a spiritually inclined mindset the call to arms is simply this;

‘Become the change you want to see’

In many ways this is similar to the idea of faking it but is different in one simple way – it orientates focaus away from the extroverted mindset and towards the world of inner power and wisdom.

<h2>Changing the Rhythm of Life</h2>
What exactly does becoming the change you want to see mean?

Well, it simply states that there is a process by which everything that we experience in life comes as a result of what we choose to express and the methods by which we manifest our desires.

Whilst it was once a sacred secret it is now becoming increasingly accpeted that we are the centres of our universes and that we merely operate an internal guidnace system to bring us into alignmnet with those things that we wish to experience.

Understanding that what we give out is what we get back is important for it strengthens the idea that we all have the ability to determine our lives in what ever way we so choose. The important thing to realise is though is that everything we need in our lives is already within us. There can be no limitation to either what we can dream or desire or manifest. The source is infinite and easily accessible.

There are many ways to access this inner power of abundance. There are an equal number of variations on how to enable the creative process and to get it to work. However, if you want a consistantly effective approach to getting on in life without the attendant hassle of making deep inner changes to your internal dynamics then simply ‘becoming’ the change you want to see is an invaluable approach.

In the second part of this two-part article I’s show you how this is achieved.

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