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Prerequisites for Growth and Authenticity

by Karl on June 10, 2010

1.  Among many native traditions, it is said
life is simple if you:

*Show up.
*Pay attention.
*Tell the truth without blame or judgment.
*Are open to outcome, rather than attached to
outcome.

2. To begin the process of personal growth,
engage your self-observer and:

*Delete the need to understand.
*Make no comparisons.
*Release all judgment.

3. Maintaining a viewpoint of accountability. Accountability is the willingness
to maintain the point of view — whether or not it is yet your experience — that you are
a part, cause, agent or source of your experience and everything around you.

4. Living courageously is taking action in the presence of fear. Making a
growth choice rather than a fear choice.

5. Personal growth requires the surrender and transcendence of
addictions, laziness and reactive behavior.
This means facing your emotions
rather than avoiding them.

6. Personal growth requires the surrender of denial, a commitment to
telling the truth about reality, the truth about where I am and what I am
doing in my life right now.

7. Personal growth requires the willingness to defer immediate
gratification.

8. The true-self is revealed in the stopping of the mind. When you face your
emotions they become allies, dive into them and there is dissolution, and beneath
infinite silence. Silence mirrors back the neurotic condition of the false-self created by
fixation in the attachment to form. The gift of silence is that it reveals who you are not.
Silence reveals the veiling of pure consciousness through the actions of ego
identification.

9. Self-realization requires “mastering” the observer state of
consciousness.
This is a “focused” state where one identifies with the
“silent-inner-true-self,” the divine, rather than the stories of the ego and rational
mind. From this silent state there is no rational action required “you” are the
observer, what is observed and the process of observation. The silent-observer
simply views inner and outer sensations, judgments, thoughts, breath and
behavior without ascribing meaning to what is seen.

The silent-self-observer is like the film in a camera. It “objectively” records what is
seen without comment. It becomes apparent that no matter what is seen in the world,
it is first projected onto the outer landscape from within. You have a thought. Your
mind projects the thought onto the outer world. You then experience a “perception”
of this thought projection. This is how thoughts create reality and become
self-fulfilling prophecies. Self-observation allows you to face what is seen and
penetrate the projection. As if by magic the act of observation results in dissolution
of the projection. One’s true nature is seen to be independent from ones thoughts.
Our true nature, source and power is in the silence.

10. The process of “Personal Growth” requires the participation and
support of others of like mind, the cultivation of honest and sincere
relationships and community.

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