UNDERSTANDING IS THE KEY…
One of the biggest problems I have with ‘lofty’ concepts and ‘spiritual’ ideas is that I am left wondering how any of them change the way I actually “butter my bread.” Don’t get me wrong – I love the great feelings that these ideas can generate within me when I read them or hear them.
However, at root, I guess I believe I am a ‘doing’ kind of a guy. I believe that good ideas should change the way we are with others and the way we do what we do. In other words, great sounding ideas and important concepts are really only significant if they have a beneficial impact on the world we live in. A really good idea will change the way I do the next thing I am planning on doing, or the way I talk to the next person I meet. This is how we make the world a better place. Unless this happens, then frankly, such spiritual sounding ideas are just ‘hot air’ to me.
So in this video, I talk about how easy it is to think that all that we need in order to be content or fulfilled or happy lies “out there.” This materialistic approach to personal growth and happiness is certainly what the advertisers would have us all believe. Judging by much of what I read on social media, even the famous ‘Law of Attraction’ has been contaminated by the idea that I must “attract” to me the things I need for my happiness from “out there.” All of which suggests that the core psychological belief that many of us are operating from contains strong elements of “I am not enough.”
Of course the simple truth is that we are enough within ourselves. But then how does this profound idea – that we are enough just as we are right now – translate into everyday life? As nice as the idea “I am enough” sounds, if we wish to “butter bread” with this idea, then the first thing that needs to happen is I need to understand just how come I have spent so much of my life believing that I was “not enough.” This means only one thing…I must stop looking “out there” and instead, look within.
To me, looking within means UNDERSTANDING who I am and how I came to be who I am and why I am the way that I am. We cannot truly accept ourselves if we do not know “who” it is that we are accepting. Without this understanding, our self acceptance can simply become an empty exercise where we just mouth hopeful platitudes. No amount of positive thinking will actually change this – our unconscious is way too smart for that!
The models that the psychological professionals have developed over the last 200 years enable us to truly incorporate a good idea into our everyday behaviour. This is why I created my psycho-educational programme, THE KNOWLEDGE – to provide this necessary psychological information for those of you who wish to truly “butter bread” with all these great ideas.