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Time For Action!

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Action

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When you are really ready to become new and cast off the old, and when you have accepted that you will necessarily change and are prepared to do so, you’re going to have to actually do something about it. We’ve already discussed how good intentions alone are not sufficient to bring about change. You’ll have to take action. One way or another you’ll have to set a plan in motion. In Chapter Six, we will look at numerous actions you can take to reach your goals. At this readiness stage, however, the important thing is the willingness to take action. And perhaps the very first action you take on your journey is to begin the self discovery stage of energizing.

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Having an Open Mind!

 

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An Open Mind

This requires having an open mind. You may have to say, “I don’t know all that I am to be, but I know what I am not, and I desire to be rid of my old self. I am willing to try something new.”

I call this openness forming an empty cup. This means you are willing to regard your body and your life as an empty vessel ready to be filled with the new. The Bible expresses this idea in this way:

No one sews a patch of un-shrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins. (Mark 2:21-22)

These words tell us that transforming your life does not mean patching up or fixing the old. It means starting over. It means getting a new vessel to hold a new you. You need a new mind and a new body to create a new life. Sometimes in my classes I actually bring a full cup of water to class and show my students what happens when you try to pour new water into a full cup. The full cup simply overflows and cannot hold anything new.

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I also say have a large empty cup! Let your cup be ready to hold many new things. If we focus only on looking for a pearl, we miss the diamond at our feet. It’s good to have a specific goal, but also be willing to receive all kinds of new ideas, new feelings, and new visions. The only way we can ever truly learn something is if we are totally open and receptive. The greatest obstacles to our learning are our own doubts, suspicions, and self imposed limited judgments.

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Having a large empty cup means you are willing to fill it with anything and everything good, not just one thing. You may start on a self discovery journey to lose weight, for instance. But if you limit yourself to just that you may not let your spiritual growth open other avenues for you. In the process of losing weight, for instance, you may develop interests that remind you how much you like reading. What may have begun as a journey to lose weight could end up being a journey to become the librarian you were meant to be, and had always wanted to be.

 

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Learning Something New!

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I love watching children because they can teach us so much about the process of learning. They are focused when they learn something new, as they drink in every drop of information. Why do we so often stop learning and growing as we become adults? Why is it so much more difficult? Isn’t it because we stop questioning or examining what’s around us? We become satisfied that we’ve learned enough. We get comfortable with the habits we’ve acquired. Some people refer to this as a comfort zone, which describes how we tend to hang onto worn out, ineffective attitudes and habits simply because they’re familiar. Things that are familiar don’t stimulate or scare us the way new situations might, so we tend not to question familiar patterns. But the price we pay for familiarity is that we stop experiencing, and instead repeat old habits over and over.

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We also avoid new experiences by being overly judgmental about people and events. We make up our mind ahead of time about how something will be instead of remaining open to the unexpected. In order to find a new you, you’ll have to put aside all your perceived limitations and problems and look at yourself with new eyes. You will have to look at yourself as if for the first time, looking with the eyes of a child discovering something new.

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Be Willing to Change!

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Next, after commitment, you must be willing to change. You must be willing to become a new person, a different person. And you must be willing to give up old concepts of yourself even before you see your new qualities. The autumn leaves must fall before spring can bring new growth. Death of the old is necessary to prepare for the new.

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Commitment

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 Commitment

Here’s an illustration I use when talking to students about the importance of commitment and setting priorities at the beginning of their journey.Dr. Tae Yun Kim QuotesImagine that you are lost and alone in a Fiery Hot Desert, the sun beating down on you as you trudge through the burning sands. You’ve gone for days with no food and little water, and your body is weak with exhaustion and exposure. Heat waves are rising in front of you, blurring your vision, and there is nothing but hot, dry sand all around you.What’s on your mind? What are you thinking about? Are you still worried about what color you’re going to paint the kitchen?Most likely there is only one thought in your mind, and that is getting what you need for survival: water. Desperately you need water. Only this thought keeps you moving, and keeps your feet wading through the scorching sands. Whatever else you may have wanted at other times in your life pales in comparison to this one goal.All that’s left in your mind is an overwhelming thirst, a need for the one substance that will save your life. What are you willing to give in order to get it? What are you willing to sacrifice in order to get it? Aren’t you resolved to commit all your resources at the present moment to get water the thing that will save your life?

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Suddenly you come to a patch of sand that’s darker, harder, and firmer than the rest. Your heart beats faster with anticipation as you mind contemplates the possibility that water is there. You fall to your knees, and tear at the sand, digging deeper and deeper as your fingers scratch and bleed. Then the ground goes moist and you feel within yourself a burst of energy that you didn’t know was possible. With renewed strength, you dig faster and harder until you feel the cool liquid on your hand, and you take it and splash it quickly into your parched mouth.

This story is a picture of how priorities form. In a desert situation like this, you become completely focused on what you want and what you need! This is what I mean by commitment. Are you possibly in some kind of desert situation in your life right now? Are there some situations in your life that stubbornly resist a solution? Then you will need to look for the solution with the same commitment as the person in the desert did.

This desert traveler was totally committed to the goal of finding water. As a result, he found it! Was he thinking of the pizza parlor during his search? His girlfriend? The movie he saw the week before? No, there were no distractions here. Just the commitment to find water, and the perseverance to keep going until the goal was won.

In the same way, when you decide you want to find your true Self, you will need to commit to the process. In this illustration, the person’s commitment was forced on him by circumstances. Like the rabbit in the previous story, he had to find water or die! Although this seems like an extreme example, your need to know your real Self can be just as great. Even if you don’t have a life threatening situation that could be healed only by the power of your real Self, it would be a terrible waste to let your life slip away without realizing your full potential.

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The Four Stages!

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Whatever your motive for seeking your real Self, there are four things you must be willing to do if you are ready to seek and find your true Self. You must be:

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Willing to commit

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Willing to change

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Willing to have an open mind

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Willing to take action

 

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Spiritual Nature

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And so it is that many of us aren’t ready to discover our spiritual nature until we feel we have to. Suddenly you may have a life threatening illness, or perhaps experience some kind of loss. At these times you generally feel the need to search for a way to cope and a deeper meaning to life. You naturally turn within yourself, looking and listening for a feeling of something true and real. That something is your real Self, your Silent Master consciousness.
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This is why adversity can be a blessing in disguise. It turns you to your true self, where you not only find healing, but more of your undiscovered potential as well.
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Readiness

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1. Readiness

There’s a story about a Rabbit that fell into a hole in the woods. He hopped up and down inside the hole time after time after time, trying so hard to get out, but never succeeding. Many other woodland animals came and watched this show, feeling sorry for the rabbit and expressing all kinds of sympathy and concern. But of course, that was no help. Finally they all left. The next day when they returned to continue watching, they found the rabbit sitting calmly by a tree covering the hole. “You got out!” they exclaimed in amazement. “How did you do that?” “Well,” the rabbit replied, “there was this big tree falling down over the hole, and well…I had to.”

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The Four Stages of Self-Discovery

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THE FOUR STAGES OF SELF-DISCOVERY

Self Discovery is going on every moment of your life. The question is: Are you sitting in the driver’s seat? That is, are you guiding the process so that you discover a self that has freedom, energy, and love? Or are you discovering a more limited self every day?

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I have learned there are four basic stages in true self discovery. These four stages may recycle over and over again as you grow and rise to higher levels of knowing yourself. As a tree grows, doesn’t it create more than one branch? To some extent, of course, the four stages may overlap or happen at the same time. But for the sake of discussion, we can talk about them separately to see what the main challenges are at each stage.

I call the four stages of self discovery: Readiness, Energizing, Life Examination, and Rebirth. We will discuss these stages in depth in the following chapters, but for now we can just define them.

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Overcoming!

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I had to overcome centuries of prejudice against women in my country just to devote my life to martial arts. Everything in my oriental environment said it was impossible for a woman to become a martial arts master, let alone a grandmaster. Women were supposed to cook and sew and look after children. The pressure to conform to this “law” was enormous. But I did not listen to that, and instead focused all my energy on my goals. I succeeded. When I arrived in the United States, I had more obstacles to overcome learning to live in a different country and establishing my school. But again, I worked until I succeeded. Even today, I have more goals and, therefore, more obstacles. But I use my understanding of Jung SuWon to help me build my life, and to help others develop using the same principles.

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