EXPLORING THE SELF: BEING TO BECOMING
EXPLORING THE SELF: BEING TO BECOMING
Who am I? Why am I here? What am I doing? How can I know? Where do I start?
Human beings ask their self these questions over and over again, and especially when we are in a confused and fragmented state of being. This course attempts to approach the core foundations of the self and offers a simple, intuitive and philosophically informed pathway to go from a fragmented to an integrated self-understanding.
Self-understanding is the most astonishing and greatest of all faculties one can master in this life. This is because everything else flows from the self. If you have money, fame, or power but no self-understanding, then meaning and purpose may be empty, or still far out of reach. However, if you do have self-understanding, then all the things that are aligned with your deepest truth can emerge on your path of becoming.
Try out this introduction to “Exploring the Self: Being to Becoming” to see if you can go from fragmentation to integration.
The pathway offered in “Exploring the Self: Being to Becoming” is informed by high level philosophy but presented in clear and intuitive steps. These steps will take you from an initial being map of your self knowledge, to applying this self knowledge in a direction that realizes new desired states of becoming. When we have a low or unclear self-understanding life can feel confusing and overwhelming. We may feel that our desires are a curse and that we will always be at a distance from our truest self. However, when we learn how to build higher self-understanding life can start to become more clear and in our control. We can start to perceive our desires as an informative ally and we can align to a truer and more authentic version of our self. This pathway from low to high self-understanding is not an easy path and there is no way to predict what direction your transformation will produce. In short, this pathway is inherently difficult and challenging, and requires that one takes a leap of faith due to a pressure of and inclination to meaning.
STEP 1: PRESUPPOSITIONS - IDENTITY AND QUESTIONING
Start where all great philosophers start: identifying your fundamental axiomatic foundations for identity. Then we must question these axioms so that we can make sure you are building your house of knowledge on a rock and not on sand.
STEP 2: YOUR TOOLBOX - NATURAL FORM AND USE VALUE
Our paradigms and structures of knowledge are the frame we use to see and interpret the world. They are also the tools we use to act in the world in the direction of truth. Consequently, it is necessary to develop a meta-level understanding of our tool box, including a rigorous reflection on the powers and limits of our knowledge.
INTRO VIDEO FOR STEPS 1-2: PHILOSOPHY AS ONTOLOGY
STEP 3: INNER WORLD - DIVE INTO YOUR SELF
We need to develop a deep understanding that all of this emerges from a locus of consciousness. Thus we must include this locus of consciousness, its history and emotions, in order to ensure that we point in the truest direction, instead of a direction that is ultimately self-deceptive.
STEP 4: SELF AND WORLD - INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TWO
Typically the understanding is taught that objectivity is independent of us. The truth is that objectivity is mediated by thought as an interactive process. In this context we attempt to develop an understanding of the events that shaped your objective situation and how this knowledge can be used to develop a new orientation.
INTRO VIDEO FOR STEPS 3-4: PHILOSOPHY OF SELF
STEP 5: IDEAL FREEDOM - SPACE OF POTENTIALS
The objective world is true, but so is your space of freedom. Your space of freedom is not absolute in the sense that you can do whatever you want, but it is still absolutely crucial to know of its existence and potentials. Here you must examine the space of freedom that has emerged on the horizon of your becoming so that you can identify the pathway for your necessary development.
STEP 6: INTEGRATE NEGATIVITY - APPRECIATE TENSION OF DESIRE
Desire is not your enemy and cause of suffering. This is only true when you believe desire to be a process leading towards a definitive ending. When we recognize that desire is in-itself mediating an indefinite process of becoming it in-itself becomes the most powerful tool to create a life of adventure and mystery. Here we must integrate negative emotions and learn to ride the waves of desire that will create a truer reality for our becoming.
INTRO VIDEO FOR 5-6: PHILOSOPHY AS NATURAL
INCLUDED IN THE COURSE:
Six tutorials exploring the self from initial knowledge map to desired action
Reading materials/overview for each tutorial introducing core philosophical concepts
1-on-1 video help (Skype or Zoom) for assistance through the program
Email support through the program
Access to a Facebook group to share journey and results
Where?: online, internet connection required
Time?: 6 week program (starts April 9th)
How?: Zoom; email; Facebook; this website; YouTube (all free)
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