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The Souls Search for Truth


Diane Little International Coach Academy July 28, 2012

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page 1. Introduction. . 3

2. The Gentle Voice Within. .

3. Self-Actualization. ..

4. Aligning Heart Soul Mind.....

5. Co-Creation and Manifestation...


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6. Pathways to Alignment - A Formula for Change.......... I. II. III. Prayer/Meditation... Areas of Focus Coaching Practices.. Areas for Coaching Exploration. ...

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Conclusion.....

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THE SOULS SEARCH FOR TRUTH

INTRODUCTION:

Mans search for self and the quest for the real meaning of life echoes through the ages in the perennial questions of Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? What is my reason for being? What is Gods plan for me?

These and many other forms of the same questions regarding self-doubt, a life without purpose and self-defeating behavior enter the minds and hearts of all of us at some point in our lives. No matter how successful or educated we may be, these

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hopeless thoughts, feelings, doubts and fears enter our minds spinning around without purpose. They can leave us feeling hopeless and confused.

Most Men lead lives of quiet desperation1 Henry David Thoreau

In this paper I will explore the ideology that helps us see that the answer to these questions comes from within ourselves; that through coaching we can find our truest self, release judgment and live that peace for which we long.

The God in this sense refers to the sustaining force within each of us and in our universe. We may refer to this source as God, Spirit, Soul, Intelligence, the Great Devine, Consciousness or whatever term works best for the reader. These terms may be used interchangeably in this paper.

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truthin a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves. (1998) Pope John Paul II, Fides Et Ratio

THE GENTLE VOICE WITHIN

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From his book THE RHYTHM OF LIFE, (2004), Matthew Kelly describes a gentle voice within each of us as the voice we hear with great clarity as a child. It is a voice we happily live by and follow. Most of us are immensely happy at this stage of our lives. As we grow older, we become aware of all the other voices that surround us the voice of parents, siblings, friends, critics, television, strangers and experts. We become fascinated with these voices and as time passes we begin to become distracted from the gentle voice within. Then we begin to doubt, question and ignore the gentle voice within and gradually, the one true voice grows fainter and fainter. Finally, when the voice within has become so faint we can hardly hear it anymore we are told that we have grown up, we are adults and we are now ready for lifeNothing is further from the truth. (p.45)

By the time we have become adults we are burdened with more false information about our world and ourselves than we can possibly process, we have lost our guidepost of the gentle voice within.

Matthew Kelly, (2004) goes on to say The gentle voice within is your truest guide. It has absolutely no self-interest. That is what sets it apart from every other voice in your life. The gentle voice within you is interested in only one thing, helping you become the-best-version-of-yourself. Whether you call it your conscience or give it another name, we all have this gentle voice within us. It is our true self, directing us toward our essential purpose. (p.45).

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The question then is how do we come to this presence, living in alignment and working, acting and leading from our greatest potential and living out our essential purpose? How do we open the door to this self-actualization and personal magnificence?

SELF-ACTUALIZATON

Wikipedia (Wikipedia, The Free Online Encyclopedia) defines self-actualization as a term that has been used in various psychological theories, often in slightly different ways. The term was originally introduced by the theorist Kurt Goldstein (Wikipedia) for the motive to realize one's full potential. In his view, it is the organism's master motive, the only real motive: "the tendency to actualize itself as fully as possible is the basic drive...the drive of self-actualization." However, the concept was brought most fully to prominence in Abraham Maslows (Wikipedia) hierarchy of needs as the final level of psychological development that can be achieved when all basic and mental needs are fulfilled and the "actualization" of the full personal potential takes place. Maslow explicitly defines self-actualization to be "the desire for self-fulfillment, namely the tendency for him [the individual] to become actualized in what he is potentially. This tendency might be phrased as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming. (Wikipedia)

A more explicit definition of self-actualization according to Maslow is "intrinsic growth of what is already in the organism, or more accurately of what is the organism itself...self-actualization is growth-motivated rather than deficiency-motivated." This explanation emphasizes the fact that self-actualization cannot normally be reached until other lower order necessities of Maslow's hierarchy of needs are satisfied.
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Below is Maslows hierarchy needs diagram which includes:

1. Biological and Physiological needs air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex, sleep, etc. 2. Safety needs protection from elements, security, order, law, limits, stability, etc. 3. Belongingness and Love needs work group, family, affection, relationships, etc. 4. Esteem needs self-esteem, achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, managerial responsibility, etc. 5. Self Actualization needs realizing personal potential, self-fulfillment, seeking personal growth and peak experiences.

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The growth of self-actualization (Wikipedia, Maslow, 1962) refers to the need for personal growth that is present throughout a persons life. For Maslow, a person is always becoming and never remains static in these terms. In self-actualization a person comes to find a meaning to life that is important to them. (McLeod, S. 2007 from Wikipedia)

ALIGNING - HEART SOUL MIND

There is much written about aligning heart, soul and mind for clarity, purpose and presence. When we speak of aligning we refer to things being in a straight line, to come into precise adjustment or correct relative position. (2012, Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary). When we speak of aligning the heart, mind and soul we refer to accessing and engaging our mind, heart and soul sources to be congruent and harmonious one with the other. When we operate singly from either one source or the other we dont engage our truest self and thus working from a purely mind source or soul source, for example, we operate from a place of lesser power and energy. When we are in alignment we bring with us a presence and a power of presence that shows up in all we do. We become empowered and we align with our divine source to be whatever we choose to be.

Alan Seale in his book, Create a World that Works, Tools for Personal & Global Transformation (2011), defines Presence as the energy essence that you radiate or emanate, either as an individual or a collective, simply by being who you are. Transformation is a shift from one state of being to another. (pg. 1)

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Seale goes on to define Transformational Presence as a state of being in which one lives, leads, works, and engages in life from a place of profound alignment with ones soul, ones soul mission or life purpose, and the greater Consciousness. This presence opens the door to the greater potential waiting to emerge in any moment, situation, or circumstance, and to become a steward for that potential to manifest. (pg.2)

In chapter four of his book, Mr. Seale illustrates and explains the Vertical and Horizontal Orientations of Awareness and uses the ancient symbol of the cross as a powerful metaphor for the two orientations to living: vertical and horizontal. These two aspects representing our doing and our being as shown is his illustration below. (pg. 26)

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The vertical plane represents being who we, as individuals or organizations, are at our essence and the alignment of who we are with Consciousness. The horizontal orientation represents doing action and accomplishment in the physical world. Where these two lines meet in the center, where being and doing come together, is the area of our greatest impact and accomplishment. Neither is sustainable in daily life without the other. However, when both are fully engaged, great things can happen. (pg.24)
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When we show up to life from the place where being and doing come together we can act as co-creators of our world empowering and manifesting that which we most desire.

CO-CREATION AND MANIFESTATION

To co-create we mean two or more things coming together to create something of greater purpose or potential. From the standpoint of our own potential and drawing on the powers within and outside our universe we speak of co-creating with every situation or circumstance that we encounter. As Mr. Seale points out, everything that comes to us whether it is a feeling, a comment, a circumstance, a challenge, or an outcome is an opportunity for co-creation. Everything, whether or not we thought we wanted it, offers an opportunity to choose what we wish to create. Therefore, our first question in any situation or circumstance must be, What is the opportunity here? How can I accept this opportunity and work/play/create with it rather than resist it? .. We take whatever comes and work with it. when you embrace rather than push away, you can transform the energy of the situation. (Introduction, pg xx)

PATHWAYS TO ALIGHMENT A FORMULA FOR CHANGE

Over the centuries many famous philosophers, doctors, mystics and laypersons have documented their insights, formula, secrets and methods to inner peace, selfactualization and personal development. The means and methods are varied and yet the basic principles are the same. Outlining here some of the fundamental steps to guiding your client to this place of personal peace and happiness.
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I. Prayer/Meditation

The single most common dominator found on this pathway to self is prayer or meditation. Going into the silence of your heart and soul, reaching out to the power of the divine within and without. By prayer it is not meant recited or scripted text or even reading religious works, but going to that place of quiet and peace within yourself. Finding methods such as centering prayer, meditation or yoga and spending time there with a mind and soul quiet and emptied of self and thought as much as possible. This is opening to the power and gifts of the universe and the divine spirit within.

This practice should be done daily with time set aside specifically for quiet, deep reflection and mediation. The more you tap into this great force the more you will find the answers of purpose and meaning in your life and the more empowered, peaceful and happy you will become.

As Matthew Kelly (2004) states, When you take a few moments each day to step into the classroom of silence and reconnect with yourself and with your Godthe gentle voice within grows stronger and you develop a deeper sense of peace, purpose and direction. Youre healthier, youre happier, and you have a richer experience of life. Prayer is essential. Prayer cuts through and clarifiesit awakens our awareness to our legitimate needsit is the great mediator that introduces us to God, it points out who we are and who we are capable of being, it reveals the deepest desires of our hearts and points out the path that was ordained for us from the beginning of time. (pg. 187)

II. Areas of Focus Coaching Practices


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It is essential as a coach that you work with your client to examine and work to heal areas of conflict and confusion. We must explore areas where they may have hit roadblocks along the path of self-discovery and fulfillment. We must help them stop the negative self-talk and bring them to a place of strength and potential where selfactualization and empowerment may begin to develop and unfold.

Areas for coaching exploration:

1. Forgiveness Forgiveness of self and others. Really looking back over your life, examining all that you have experienced and all that has been done to you or by you realizing that to grow and move forward we have to forgive and let it go, own it but not be owned by it.

2. Gratitude When we live in a state of gratitude we see through the eyes of thankfulness, we appreciate all that is in our lives and we realize that, for better or worse, it has made us who we are. We can embrace life in its fullness with love and appreciation.

3. Self-Acceptance and Love When we come to realize that we are all Made in His image and God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good (Genesis 1:31, Saint Joseph Edition, New American Bible) we
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can release judgment about others, and ourselves. We become empowered and more joyfully alive. We are all perfect in our own individuality, in our strengths and our weaknesses. Coming to accept and love ourselves for who we are and embracing those aspects of our innate being as gifts from our maker we can transform our lives and those around us.

CONCLUSION

Through self-acceptance, self love and aligning heart, mind, and soul and working from that place of power we align with our consciousness and the God within. By knowing ones self and embracing our full potential we can choose how we show up to life. We can choose how we will be and how we will respond in every situation. We can

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choose to be happy, joyful and loving each day and we become empowered to transform ourselves and influence others as well.

REFERENCES

Online references: Henry David Thoreau. BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved July 14, 2012, from
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BrainyQuote.com Web site: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/henrydavid132662.html

Fides et Ratio. (2012, May 18). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:15, July 14, 2012, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fides_et_Ratio&oldid=493260031 Self-actualization. (2012, July 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 15:13, July 14, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Self-actualization&oldid=501812800 Kurt Goldstein. (2012, June 30). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:04, July 14, 2012, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kurt_Goldstein&oldid=500062569 Abraham Maslow. (2012, July 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 16:07, July 14, 2012 from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Abraham_Maslow&oldid=502215674 McLeod, S.A. (2007). Maslow | Hierarchy of Needs. Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/maslow.html Merriam-Websters Online Dictionary (2012) found at http://www.merriam-webster.com/

Books:

Kelly, M. (2004). The Rhythm of Life, Living every day with passion and purpose. New York: Simon & Shuster. Seale, A. (2011). Create a World That Works, Tools for Personal and Global Transformation. Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC

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