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Self Discovery

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Certainly, one of the goals of self-discovery is to be able to enjoy this natural energy of Love and share it with everyone.  You may wonder why we often feel such a lack of energy if we are indeed one with the Life Force behind the whole universe.  The answer is that our own negative thoughts, attitudes, and emotions act like filters to keep this mighty river of energy down to a trickling stream.  One purpose of the Jung SuWon training I teach is to purify this filter – to purify your thinking and feeling – so that energy flows more freely and powerfully.

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For example, one of the black belt instructors in my school told me how his teaching changed when he began to approach it with this natural Love.  Before he began to feel his spiritual energy increasing, his teaching consisted of making sure the students did every move correctly or learned at the proper rate.  This is part of being a good teacher, of course.  But when he began to feel more of the natural Love within him, his teaching went beyond this physical instruction. He listened and responded with more awareness and sensitivity to everyone’s special needs and unique feelings.  He not only desired to see the students learn the correct moves, but desired to help them defeat their weaknesses and shine with self-confidence and self-esteem.  He cared about every step of their growth with as much enthusiasm as his own growth.  In short, he began loving the students as well as teaching them, and it made his job more joyous and fulfilling than he’d ever known.

 

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Energizing

2) Energizing

The readiness stage is like getting a clean sheet of paper ready to write on.  Obviously you don’t want to write on paper that’s already marked up.  You are ready to move further on your self-discovery path when you’re open for development, like the clean sheet of paper.  You are then prepared for the next stage:  energizing.

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This stage involves getting your energy under control – purifying it, increasing it, and directing it toward goals and activities that promote your growth and development rather than self-destructive or limited ends.  Because you are unique, it is important not to compare yourself with others or have unrealistic expectations for what you want to accomplish.  There is already within you a quiet recognition of the goals that are appropriate for you.  An unrealistic goal will make you feel “pushed” or anxious, whereas a realistic goal will bring a sense of excitement and eager anticipation.

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What is energy?  I want to show you that energy is an expression of the Life Force of the whole universe.  And you and this Life Force are one!  Being at one with the Life Force of the universe, you are energy.  And the sun, wind, water, and all of nature is also energy.  When you cannot find this energy within yourself, often you can go into nature to feel and connect with the Life Force.  This Life Force – this energy – is Love in action.  When you start feeling this natural Love within you, It will change how you see and respond to the whole world.  You will start feeling a warmth, buoyancy, and enthusiasm that flows out of you as naturally as breathing.

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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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Have an empty cup!

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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An Open Mind

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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 unshrunk 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).

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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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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.

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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Priorities

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

Continued…

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.

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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.

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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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Commitment

In my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:

Commitment
Tae Yun KimHere’s an illustration I use when talking to students about the importance of commitment and setting priorities at the beginning of their journey.

Imagine 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.

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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?

To be continued…

 

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