Path Of Creator Videos
30. Life Catalysts Introduction
In this video series you will learn different catalysts that you can apply in life to accelerate Self-Knowing and Self-Transformation. Each of these life catalysts can seem simple but they can be quite challenging so remember to download the Life Catalysts workbook and work through the catalysts one by one.
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Hi I'm Jonny john
Self-Transformation is about transforming ourselves, releasing the limitations the suffering states of mind. In short, it is developing greater happiness inside. Today I want to talk about the difference between applying and not applying any effort and making an effort to develop Self-Transformation. I want to answer the question is - Is Self-Transformation possible without applying any effort just by simply going through life experiences?
So let's begin.
So naturally in life we go will through various kinds of experiences. Technically, every moment is an experience, and every experience is helping us to grow, to understand about the world, to understand about ourselves. So every experience is helping us to develop Self-Knowing.
Now the key to Self-Transformation is to develop Self-Knowing because the more we Know The Self the more we will become aware that we are a part of everything and everyone around us. And this will naturally help us to develop Self-Acceptance, helping us to naturally transform and release all suffering states of the mind. That is why from Self-Knowing comes Self-Acceptance, Comes Self-Transformation.
So without applying any effort, we are actually developing some sort of Self-Knowing and Self-Transformation through each experiences we go through.
So why should we be making any effort for Self-Transformation?
Isn't life naturally pushing us in a forward direction already?
Well the thing is that if we don't apply any effort, although Self-Transformation will happen naturally, it will only happen at a very slow rate, sometimes close to the point of stagnation.
And there are a few reasons for this.
The first reason is because we can get stuck in our comfort zone. We can keep choosing experiences which do not challenge us or make us learn something different. Naturally people are creatures of habit, specifically in their thinking patterns. To transform the self is about doing something different, to break the habit patterns, to refine thinking patterns through introducing many angles of view rather than sticking with one narrow view. If we do not go into different experiences in life especially those which challenge us then we will experience little growth. The Universe is always sending us experiences to help us grow, but because we have the freedom of choice, we often can choose not to go through them.
The second reason is in how we use each experiences to grow.
Every experience can actually be very transformative if we know how to distill wisdom from them.
The lack of knowledge in this area means there will be little growth. Because when an experience comes, we can end up just reacting like a victim, rather than being observing like a student, trying to learn from the experiences we go through.
So it's best to apply effort to develop Self-Transformation, otherwise there will be little progress.
I mean you can look at the people around you, who you are close to that have known for a very long time, how much have they changed? People don't change, unless they put the effort to.
When I was young I thought life experiences will naturally fix my fear of talking to people. But by the time I finished University I still had problems looking at people in the eyes and holding conversations. It was only when I applied effort day in and day out working on Self-Transformation that this fear was released. Looking back, although it took 4 years for me to work through my fears, without any effort it would've taken 44 years.
Now what kind of efforts can we put into ourselves to develop Self-Transformation?
What things can we do in life to accelerate our journey of Self-Transformation?
There are hundreds of things you can do in life.
And I call these things Catalysts.
Because they help to accelerate the process of Self-Transformation.
And Catalysts will always be challenging, because they are there to transform your mind's beliefs, the mental patterns that we have become attached to which can create suffering.
To challenge our beliefs, is how we transform our beliefs.
In the next couple of videos I will be introducing different kind of catalysts you can apply in your life.
And the one which you find most difficult to apply, will be the best catalyst for you.
But always give each Catalyst a try. My advice to you is to just pick one catalyst, and practice it for about a week or two, even a month, before you move onto the next one. Because one is challenging enough for most people. And when you learn a Catalyst, most likely you will forget to apply it throughout the day, so it's good to just stick with one and remind yourself to use it throughout the day.
-Jonny John Liu