I know the importance of self-awareness — the need to know our passion, recognize our gifts, understand our needs and define our core values. The better we know ourselves, the more aligned are our choices. But when I came across the concept of self-transformation, it called deeply to me. It’s so powerful and empowering. What is the difference between self-awareness and self-transformation?
To transform is to reshape
Transforming ourselves takes us beyond self-awareness.
It’s like being a potter, holding a ball of clay in your hand. You have shaped it to the best of your ability through your self-awareness; now you must take the additional steps to turn it into a cup or bowl or vase. There are the transforming steps. For instance, pottery requires steps like glazing and firing.
If I want to transform my life, where do I begin?
The first step is to know that you can. You can change anything — how you act, what you say, what you think. All of which shape your life experience.
Begin there. In particular, get rid of the beliefs of self-doubt and know that you can change, you can transform.
Let it unfold
Self-transformation. What does that look like? Feel like? Just be still and listen to the voice within and shape whatever shows up.
Begin with the work within
What calls to you? What do you want to learn, to explore, to try?
As I deepened my connection with the voice within, I could hear it and interpret it more clearly. It required stillness and receptivity on my part for several weeks before any direction began to emerge. Now the signs and ideas and opportunities are emerging clearly and rapidly.
What shows up, what evolves, what changes, cannot be planned for. It can only appear as it will. Work with what you are given.
Be willing to change
Your actions and choices will automatically transform your life. That means you make a choice, watch what shows up because of it, and choose and re-choose until you feel you’re closer to the right place, the center of your being, the core of who you are.
You’ll have to let go of some things, adjust others, and push through perceived barriers in order to achieve new understanding, move in new directions, rise to new heights.
What is your next step?
You embrace the concept of being willing to transform — to be responsible for your choices, to actively take part in deepening your inner life and broadening your reach. Be present. Be aware.
That’s the beginning of self-transformation.
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