"[Real transformation] must go deeper. Lasting transformation must call forth the image of God latent in each of us, bringing it to incarnation in our lives, giving concrete expression to the absolutely unique and unrepeatable glimmer of divinity that each of us is called to be."
From the penpal a while back. I am actively, and lastingly, transforming as I write this.
So, this whole "change" thing has me thinkin' (uh-oh). A Guide told me recently that a huge change was occurring in my life and I believe that wholeheartedly. I am learning so much about myself and my place in the world. About how I can draw forth what's inside of me to help others. And then I went and found this:
"The individuation process is a term created by the famous psychologist Carl Gustav Jung to describe the process of becoming aware of oneself, of one’s make-up, and the way to discover one’s true, inner self." "The unconscious tries to bring man back into balance." "These unconscious tendencies can be stronger than our conscious, and can even go against our will
I spent years getting to know the why's and where's of all the dirty unconscious damage I had (not even aware that I had been living my entire life unnconsciously), a year making excuses for it, and then I went looking back to events in my past that affected who I am and what was the lesson I was supposed to learn? It wasn't always a fun or painless process but it had to be done and it was worth it. I think this was the getting to know The Shadow in the Individuation process.
That was the beginning of the transformation. Because that led to understanding and forgiveness, which then led to a deeper understanding of myself. I realized I had absolutely no reason NOT to have healthy self esteem. From that simple realization, I started to grow by leaps and bounds with occasional stalls. But no more. Because I've developed a much deeper comprehension and appreciation for who I am and what I can offer others to help them.
Going to go research more on the process..