Personal Development is the buzzword of the new millennium. Self improvement has never been bigger business. It would seem that in an attempt to improve their prospects in the ever increasing pace of this new technological world we are having to focus more and more on bettering ourselves. People launch into self improvement courses and try out new personal development techniques in order to "improve" themselves. However, what most people fail to realize is that the personal development ethos is that "you are perfect already". What personal development is really about is the uncovering of your true identity - your unlimited potential.
However, the belief that you can change and adapt to new environments and develop greater skills gives a new personal development trainee hope and encouragement. Many "newbies" believe that the techniques incorporated into personal development are merely designed to convince themselves that an untruth is in fact true and by convincing themselves of this truth eventually becomes fact. They believe the task of a self improvement product is to convince them that their goal has been realized before it actually has, and in doing this they then will do what is necessary subconsciously to realise the dream.
This is merely a half truth. Re-read the above paragraph again and notice the word "realise". A dictionary definition of the word realise is:
- To grasp or understand clearly.
- To make real; give reality to (a hope, fear, plan, etc.)
Although this second explanation is the one most people would use for the word "realize" being used in the above context I am proposing that it is the first of these explanations that is the more accurate.
Quantum physics tells us that everything is just energy - one vibrating mass of energy. Nothing is separate. We are all a part of each other. The only reason why we see separation is because of the rate at which the energy vibrates. However, at its most fundamental level we are all just a part of this One form. We can never be separate from it. We are and always will be a part of it because we are told that energy cannot be destroyed - only its vibration can be changed!
To understand this better let us look at the ocean. The Ocean can have different wave lengths in different places but every drop of water makes up the ocean and only appears as a separate drop when we remove it and look at it! Therefore while that drop of water is part of the ocean it is at one with every other part, whether it is aware of it or not.
So, we are a part of this ocean of vibrating energy, that we call the Universe. That means that everything in existence is a part of you just as you are a part of it. You are one with everything you see, hear, touch, smell and all those things of which you are consciously unaware. In order to bring about a desirable situation, circumstance or physical thing into your existence, all you have to do is "realize" that you already have it because it is as much a part of you as your arm or leg. All you have to do is re-focus your attention to that vibrational pocket within the ocean of energy. This is not just about manifesting "things". It is a spiritual exercise that will bring you closer to understanding the nature of The Creator.
The tools to accomplish the task of "realizing" a goal are numerous. They vary from hypnosis to binaural beats and subliminal messages to computer programs. With this kind of technology at our disposal we are a generation that can truly explode humankind's spiritual evolution. In the rush of the 21st Century where time is of the essence and getting "the edge" is essential for succeeding in the "rat race" personal development has become big business. Good! Because the main aim of personal development and self improvement is to remove our own self-imposed limitations and to take us to Realization and a deeper connection to the Divine.
It is our limitations, which only exist in our minds, that hold us back from knowing The Divine. To become aware of our own self-imposed limitations we must set goals. When we set goals we are immediately confronted with "the demons" of our own psyches which then must be removed if we are to achieve success. Removing each one gives you a clearer understanding of your creator and a deeper connection to The Divine. You therefore owe it to yourself to achieve your goals and you owe it to the world!