"[Self] is a fluid and changing gestalt, a process, but at any given moment it is a specific entity." - Carl Rogers
Identity: for most people, the culmination of their past failures.
The Star of Bethlehem by Edward Burne-Jones
"The moment a child first says 'I' marks an important step on the road to self-realization, because it records the initial break between himself and the infantile identity with all creation into which every new babe is born. This magical phase of identification with all nature is sometimes referred to more poetically as participation mystique." (S. Nichols, Jung and the Tarot, p. 113)
I believe that a core component of your future purpose is found at the heart of your childhood daydreams. That inner poetry originates from a reservoir deep within that is endless. Metaphorically, I feel it is no coincidence that the shaming of little Pinkie (Roger Waters?) resulted years later in the formation of one of the most famous rock bands in history. The deepest wounds give you your greatest power when you process through the hurt to uncover the gold within…
Men Living with Meaning is going to take you into nontraditional and misunderstood fields. I do not ask that you readily accept such things as the Truth, because I do not know that I fully do myself, but rather to simply try on different perspectives; a new lens to peer into an unknown paradigm. Some individuals, like Alan Moore, play with the flexibility of perception and paradigm, and this is what the cutting edge of discovery demands. You don't have to become an eccentric character like Moore, but you can be yourself... the paradox.
The 4 Stages of Growth by Brian Buffini - a real estate industry trainer. According to Buffini, in the real estate profession (and I would say in life in general) most people begin in a survival mode and only by changing their habits, can they move into a stability mode. From here, by changing their mindsets they can shift into a success mode, and later by changing their heart (what I interpreted to mean their values and principles) could they experience the significance mode.
By the time we complete the 3rd Module, I hope to have you out of
survival mode regarding your emotions. By the end of the 6th module, I
want you to be experiencing stability in your relationships with men and
women. By the 8th module, I want you on your way to success, and by the
10th module I want you focused upon your significance. Now these are
probably unachievable goals to reach within 10 months, but I’m looking
further out. My goal isn’t to have you involved in MLM for only 10
months, I want you to participate for the rest of your life because this
program will continue to evolve and you can peel back the onion layer