Personal Development: From Unconscious to Becoming Conscious

Kirk: In step nine, "Turn Towards that which I Choose to Create", you expressed that we can make a commitment to personal development through the practice of being conscious and aware. How do you feel about processes that are presented as a one time event--a secret process or a new truth that's been revealed--that is supposed to immediately change everything in a person's life? While this may exist, and many have had individual experiences that are life changing, personally I've received the greatest benefit from practicing and developing skills. I was wondering if you would address this "one time event" mentality. Do you understand what I am saying?

Alana: Yes. Life is a dance, and throughout life we attract a multitude of experiences from which to learn and grow. Often we find that the all-inclusive steps may create certain types of releases. They are not a substitute really for incorporating conscious awareness in our personal development skills. As we become actively conscious of life on a daily basis, we create the most beneficial kinds of release. We develop an internal awareness as we move knowledge from an unconscious state into a conscious state.

I can align with opportunities that allow individuals to release things instantaneously. I do feel there can be benefits. However, it is important to also incorporate the experience into one's daily life. As we create support by building a solid foundation through conscious attention, this enables us to turn towards that which we choose to create. So often we find ourselves moving away from what we don't want, rather than turning toward what we do want. Sometimes we trick ourselves in thinking we are turning toward, but our motivation is still based on the reaction of turning away from something. This is why developing internal awareness is vital and important for authentic personal development.

For example, let's return to step eight for a moment where we let go of distractions. I suggest that an individual creates a daily practice where they experience some type of activity that supports release. This will help them with clarity, and it will keep them from getting caught in "the turning away from" mentality. There are so many wonderful vehicles that promote release. Imagine if on a daily basis we could all experience some type of release. One day it could be in the form of going to a color healing therapist or experiencing a physical treatment like acupuncture, perhaps an energetic balancing technique. The next day it could be getting physical exercise. The next day it could be making affirmations. On another day it could be meditation and deep breathing exercises. We can also do many simple actions to support release. One of Alana's favorites is walking in nature and connecting with a bird or a beautiful flower.

When we move into the state of "turning towards that which we choose to create", it ignites our core energy and vibration. This is similar to when we fill our being with love. When we do, anything unlike love is apt to release itself. When we are releasing, it awakens the mental realm more fully. We begin to identify with the things that feel painful. As long as we are taking steps towards release, we will stay in balance and gain momentum in the exercises for personal development to discover our authentic self.

Kirk: What do you suggest we do when we find ourselves out of balance?

Alana: Go back and examine your day as we did in previous excercises. Look for patterns. Notice if there is a particular activity or time of day that is more difficult for you; notice where you compromise. Be sure to not judge yourself; just notice. Once you identify with what threw you out of balance, ask yourself what you want to learn. Now do some breathing or movement to facilitate release. Then embrace the desire to learn. Next, take one more step and see yourself full of knowledge, even though at the moment you may not know what the knowledge is. Align with your senses and turn toward that which you choose to create.

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