“We are all objects manipulated and fashioned by ourselves and will be endlessly doing so.”
– Martijin Schirp in reference to You Must Change Your Life
Flashes of clarity. Brief patches of a straight-forward existence. Circles of bliss.
I hang onto these little moments of truth, they get me through the confusion and chaos, both planned and unplanned.
I can’t ignore the desire to change things, shake up my existence and rearrange a few pieces, from purely a mental perspective. If I can look at the world from different angles using new lenses, then everything will change. Sometimes I get the feeling that I’m missing something. Not literally but figuratively. The more I study spirituality and creativity and growth, the deeper I understand this beautiful mess.
Hence the flashes of clarity, mere fairy scratches upon the surface.
I choose to believe that I am always growing into myself. I am transforming from the camel to the lion to the child, à la Nietzsche, on my way to the great philosopher’s conception of Übermensch aka Superman aka Overman, “one who has superseded the bondage of the human condition and reached a liberated state — one of free play and creativity” (highexistence.com).
Doesn’t that sound lovely?
Even while overwhelmed with gratitude, I still want to edit my existence. Change is inevitable, like the shifting of the seasons, the dying of the leaves. We can transform haphazardly according to how the wind blows, or we can evolve mindfully. Into truer versions of ourselves.
So how do we turn those flashes of clarity into days and weeks and months of it?
I don’t know, that’s what I’m trying to figure out. But I have some ideas.
I think we grow by reading certain books and having conversations and stretching our minds.
I think we learn by asking questions of others and ourselves.
I think we expand by submitting to vulnerability and new experiences.
I think we shine when we love ourselves, unafraid of our power.
I think we excel when we work hard and persevere for weeks, months, years.
I think we change when we visualize it and keep the faith.
What do you think? How do you cultivate personal growth?