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Whatever people are up to in their lives…. we stand for moving it along

What you can count on:

The way and process of transformation leading to greater self-awareness and capability

Transformation into mastery

“Transformation” gets bandied around and over-used yet is poorly understood.  In simple terms, think grub into butterfly.  Now, overlay this process to personal development and mastery and you’ll get some idea of complexity and what’s involved.

To help get head around exciting possibility (An expose – Transformation, an empowering ground for a world of difference – Karlfried Gras von Durkheim) provides a wonderful explanation combined with some of our changes [  ] for better understanding.  Suggest read through carefully and more than once.  There is much at stake as well as great opportunity:

“The person who, being really on the Way [toward mastery], falls upon hard times in the world will not, as a consequence turn to that friend who offers them refuge and comfort and encourages their old self to survive.

IMG_6647 Rather, they will seek out someone who will faithfully and inexorably help them to risk themselves, so that they may endure the suffering and pass courageously through it, thus making of it a “raft that leads to the far shore”.

 Only to the extent that a person exposes themselves over and over again to annihilation, can that which is indestructible arise within them. In this lies the dignity of daring.             

 Thus the aim of [self-study or reflective] practice is not to develop an attitude, which allows a person to acquire a state of harmony and peace wherein nothing can ever trouble them.

On the contrary, practice [daily experiences; challenges; what troubles us most; our-lot-to-deal-with] should teach a person to let themselves be assaulted, perturbed, moved, insulted, broken and battered – that is to say, it should enable them to dare to let go their futile hankering after harmony, surcease from pain, and a comfortable life in order that they may discover, in doing battle with the forces that oppose them, that which awaits them beyond the world of opposites [transformation].

Butterfly metamorphosis

The first necessity is that we should have the courage to face life and to encounter all that is most perilous in the world. 

When this is possible, [reflection and awareness] itself becomes the means by which we accept and welcome the [inevitable] demons, which arise from [within] – a process very different from the concentration on [acquiring or holding] some object [or thought process] as protection against such forces [borne out of fear/survival, self-imposed limits; playing not too lose verses playing to win].

IMG_6499Only if we venture repeatedly through zones of annihilation [discovery/waking-up] can contact with [our true selves], which is beyond annihilation, become firm and stable [upright (un-cowed), purposeful, strong, resilient, responsible, accountable].

The more a person learns whole-heartedly to confront [and lean into] the world that threatens them with isolation, the more are the depths of the Ground of Being [true sense of self] revealed and the possibilities of new life and Becoming [personal mastery] opened.”

Karlfried Gras von Durkheim [our changes]

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Adding critical insight to von Durkheim:

1. Metaphorically, started-out as a grub – simple, functional, full-on, childlike, aligned with purpose
2. Life evolved or just happened; an exciting, daring adventure
3. Advent of language, onset of abstract, conceptual thinking – unconsciously slipping; fall from grace – falling asleep – retreating into a small, noisy, confined slumber, inside our heads; forming very own walled ego-concept, sense of self (who we think we are) – bye, bye – “the day the music….  died”
4. That’s you – image above – the one in the middle, inside the cocoon
5. No, good try.  Don’t fly.  Never learned – how.  Missing wings
6. Accepting without pausing or pushing-away, letting-go of long-held, fixated views and frames of reference, really, really  steppin’ out;  awareness of a fundamental question arises –  how to be a butterfly?
7. Nice work –  starting to wake up
8. Now, we can talk about who you are

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What transformation really means

That which existed before, does not exist now  (the grub)

That which exists now, did not exist before  (the butterfly)

If haven’t questioned until this point, then ask now –  can “I” do this?

Yes, you can