|11-01-2010, 03:29 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Leeds, UK
Next Level of Personal Development
I've started to get a bit bored of personal development. I've thought about it a lot over the last couple of years and definitely made some improvements to my life but now I think that my reality, my map of the terrain or whatever metaphor you chose to use is pretty solid and empowering. The question is, where to take this.
Further refinements to my map seem pointless and petty when there is so much wrong with the world that can't be fixed by a simple 30 day trial. Example 30 day trial of Israel and Palestine manning up and just sharing.
Also, until recently I found myself quite judgemental of other, less actualised, people. I don't really think this is a good mental state to be in and kicking myself out of it has been a breath of fresh air.
I think the next level of personal development is to develop the world. By this I don't mean to point everyone to Steve's blog but take steps to affect meaningful, sustainable and positive change in the global community.
There are three levels of development I believe. 1 - No understanding of self, walking around in a reactive daze. 2 - Understanding yourself and your flaws and taking steps to fix them (aka Personal Development). 3 - Becoming developed and seeking a greater purpose or calling.
By this I don't mean going vegan to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide the industry creates but working to find ways to reduce or counteract the carbon produced by the industry. Not driving a hybrid car but seeking to find better ways to fuel cars or make hybrids more desirable. Not by sitting by our computers reading empowering messages and being all up ourselves over it but taking these thoughts and using them as fuel to change the world for the better.
Whether you believe in god or not (and I'm an atheist) we are the stewards of the earth and need to start behaving as such.
Seriously, some of the topics are getting ridiculous. Topic about the optimum temperature for steeping tea, I'm looking right in your direction. I'm sure I could find plenty of other topics too. Does knowing this really make you a better person, contributing more to the world? I made some tea in the same way I always did before reading that post and it was good. As good as it was before in fact.
Like the guy who said in a previous topic in this part of the forum, there's a point where you can get too much information and that information will paralyse you.
I think so much of this is about ego. The more information you have, regardless of what that information is about, the better you are. I believe this now because it is how I used to think at a subconscious level. The biggest leap that I made was that I was good enough without all the nonsense cluttering up my brain. Self esteem or enlightenment wasn't something that I had to find or learn, it was something that was always in me. It had just gotten lost amongst all the other crap floating around in my subconscious.
So this is my challenge. To proactively make the world better on the large scale for the sustainable future. As a group of intelligent and self aware people we should be able to make this happen. The system is broken, let's try and fix it. We need to start by brainstorm ways to do this and ways to put these ideas into action.
Over the next day or two I'm going to re-do a lot of my website and re-focus it in this area. I'm also working on getting into a job where I am researching alternative fuels and low carbon technology.
|11-01-2010, 04:36 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2009
I'm really glad you've found your purpose.
Every person goes their own way. Some of us believe that bettering the world is about taking proactive stances on major issues (such as alternative energy). Some of us believe that you better the world by bettering yourself, and the influence of that spirals out of you like a flame and ignites others. And some of us believe that the concept of "bettering the world" is nonsense. In fact, that could be more of that ego that you talked about. The idea that one person thinking that we, as people, are having an effect on the planet itself could be the epitome of ego because the planet is fine.
Things like alternative energy are not bettering the planet. They are bettering our survival as a species.
What is the next step in personal development to me now that I've moved beyond the general topics of personal finance, social relationships, career, etc. and am staring at the edge of examining personal beliefs?
The next step for me is exploration of things that exist outside myself, touching and connecting with those I come into contact with, and finding work that expresses the nature if my life in such a way as it outlives me and touches others lives. Essentially I view the world as a gigantic playground now. And I recognize that my footprint is miniscule in the grand scheme of things, despite the ideas that the things I choose are somehow harming this great planet.
|11-01-2010, 06:58 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2009
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|11-01-2010, 10:09 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Estonia, Tallinn
I love where this topic goes to and in fact I wanted to make a thread about something similar, only the title would have been What Kind of World Do You Want to Build?
My perfect world is a world without cars, without money. The main areas where people try to become more knowledgeable and better are health, nature, relationships (also traveling), art, music, cosmology. The world would be much smaller in terms of people. Computers and such would exist but their impact would be much lower. All in all, I truly feel that a lot of the evolution we as human beings have gone through is only for the worse. It seems that people appreciate things (such as iPad etc.) much more than immaterial.
|11-01-2010, 10:18 AM||#5 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2010
|11-01-2010, 12:16 PM||#6 (permalink)|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Well PD is an ongoing process which needs to be constantly worked on, but I agree, things only change with action. Your strategy sounds like a fantastic one, if you discover a way to produce energy with less C02 then you have really made a step towards alleviating the problem.
|11-01-2010, 10:15 AM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Best post I've read on these forums. I couldn't agree more.
I've often wondered why, when people learn about the law of attraction, and come to believe that they can influence all of reality with their minds, they use this power to get money and sex for themselves. Why not use it to reduce carbon emissions, slow/reverse population growth (in a peaceful way!), make society more other-focused and connected to each other, etc etc.
Good luck on the job hunt too, glad you're looking into getting a job that fits in with your values. I'm doing the same (job hunting) at the moment, and I've been applying exclusively to charities so far!
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