I recently facilitated a personal development workshop for a group of highly passionate sustainability advocates at the Australian Campuses Towards Sustainability Annual Conference.
Like all of my workshops I covered things such as our belief systems how the mind works and how to successfully move through change. I find these topics to be extremely powerful as they help people to understand more about who they are at a deeper level. It gives me great joy when people find out just how powerful they are and how the results they currently experience in their world can be changed.
During all of my workshops I cover a very powerful concept that has been around since the 1930s, a concept that was first created by Dr Thurman Fleet, it’s a powerful and simple diagram to help understand how the mind works, the functions of the conscious and subconscious mind and how they are related. The image has been around for a long time, and continues to evolve as science makes new discoveries. It was first introduced to me fifteen years ago by the great thinker himself Bob Proctor. It clearly shows how our thinking is linked to our results.
I love what I do because it helps people like you to understand at a deeper level how you can affect the results in your life once you understand how thoughts, feelings and actions determine your results. The most powerful part of this entire process is in understanding that the cause of the things happening in the world around us is a direct reflection of our thoughts and our feelings. This information and an understanding of the universal law of vibration helps to build a high level of self-awareness, self-awareness that leads to greater results in all areas of life. Stop for a moment and think about your relationships, your health, your wealth and your personal happiness. The results that you're getting in your life right now are a reflection of your past thoughts and feelings.
This information has been around for eon's and here I was with a room of 40-50 people ready to refocus and renew their mind. As I spoke I noticed the energy shift in the room as the participants begun to understand this new information and realise they have the ability to change not only themselves but the results in the world around them, it was a wonderful thing to witness. They were beginning to see that they could have a direct impact on the things they were passionate about, the things that brought them to the conference and into my session. There was a newfound air of confidence and awareness in the room.
Change Yourself to Change the World
What I loved about this session (and all of my workshops) was that during the break and at the end of the workshop people took time to thank me for opening their mind to a new way of thinking, they are eager to know how they can continue to impact change within themselves. This really excites me because once you change yourself, you then have the ability to understand others and affect change in other people and the flow on effect can be enormous. Self-awareness is like a pebble that you throw into a big pond causing a ripple of change in the world we live in.
This concept makes perfect sense to me because I've been studying it for over 15 years and I've seen amazing changes in people and their world simply by adopting the simple principles that I teach. So I was rather surprised at the conclusion of this workshop to receive some rather interesting feedback.
You're Teaching Selfishness
While I was talking to the participants, and they were thanking me and asking questions on how they could practice what they had learned in their daily lives I noticed a gentleman waiting patiently to the side of everyone else. I simply thought he was another person waiting to ask questions or perhaps to thank me for the information I had shared. But no, he was not waiting to thank me, this gentleman was genuinely concerned that I was teaching people to be selfish. This concerned me as I thought that perhaps I hadn’t articulated clearly the link between self-awareness and sustainability. We chatted for some time and he kept reiterating his concern that I should not be teaching people to be selfish and to think about what they want for themselves. His concerns were noble, he wanted to know how we could stop being selfish and think about the greater community the environment and sustainability. His feedback got me thinking that perhaps there are more people out there who are unable to make the link between self-awareness and it’s affects on the whole.
I totally understood where he was coming from, you see the thing is I was indeed teaching selfishness. Let me explain. If you and I are not selfish enough to find harmony within ourselves then we have nothing to give anyone else. If you are not paying attention to the way you think, the way you feel, then you will have no basis of knowing which direction to go and how to help others. If you look around you’ll notice that many people are looking at the results they are creating in their life and they either like them or dislike them. What some of us neglect to fully understand is that your thoughts and your feelings are creative energy. If you're thinking about the things that you want or like while at the same time making judgments on the things that you don't want or like you are creating a mixed vibration. A mixed vibration cannot create what you truly desire. Understanding yourself and knowing that your thoughts are creative is the surest way to create a better world for yourself and the community you live in.
Self- Awareness Builds Compassion
The way I look at it is; We need to be a little bit selfish, we need to understand who we are as an individual, we need to understand what it is that we want in this world, because as we understand more about the good that we desire and how we can create it, that little bit of selfishness actually turns to selflessness. Because as you understand who you are you will know that at your deepest level we are all connected through love, kindness and compassion.
Any level of unity and community takes place as a bottom-up phenomenon. And for this to happen individuals must understand their unique potential and power. When we’re all aligned with the same thinking and linked in to a collective consciousness great things can happen, we stop looking to the past, we let go of blame, we move out of victim-hood and open ourselves up to a world of possibility. We then align our actions with a new set of intentions, if every person who attends one of my workshops begins to commit on a daily basis to demonstrating their personal best and overcoming limiting beliefs and selfish states of mind (That are usually driven by stress and lack of awareness), then together we can begin to change the world, but it starts by changing ourselves.
The information and the principles covered in the programs and workshops I deliver help people to become whole human beings. The flow on effect has the potential for everyone to embrace a world of possibility through a new way of thinking. Once you remove outdated beliefs that hold you back, begin to think uplifting thoughts and make more inspired choices, you will begin to be more altruistic in your actions connecting you to something greater than yourself.
So in the beginning you need to be a little bit selfish, to gain self awareness to become selfless. Once you truly know who YOU are you can easily be the change you want to see in the world.
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