Self-discovery is an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual process of becoming the person we were meant to be, even when this creates conflict with the status quo. To undertake a journey of self-discovery is to seek out one’s true potential, to establish a deep sense of belonging in the world, and to pursue the idea of living a life worth living.
Initially, we must undertake the difficult and sometimes painful work of peeling away the various masks we wear to liberate ourselves from our assimilation into unexamined assumptions and imposed beliefs. Once we have been able to reclaim our lives as our own, our focus is to understand the nature of our unique presence in the world, to transform our efforts here into a sacred endeavor, and to elevate our work to the status of a vocation.
Adversity: Working with Hardship
We all encounter adversity in unique ways. How we work with adversity and the hardship it imposes is a choice we make that can have a profound impact on our life course. Turning away from adversity often leads to regret and disappointment. Turning into the experience of adversity in the spirit of finding meaning within it is a core discipline in life.
An Artist’s Journey Series
In this interview, we explore the creative experiences of artist Jerry Wennstrom. He shares with us his remarkable transformation as an artist on the liminal frontiers of experience. This interview offers a rare glimpse into a process of self-discovery that dramatically altered one artist’s sense of presence and purpose in the world.
- An Artist’s Journey: 1-Liminal Frontiers
- An Artist’s Journey: 2-The Artistry of Risk
- An Artist’s Journey: 3-Life is Creativity
Creativity: The Improvisation of Everyday Life
In a deep sense, creativity is a courageous act of improvising with the confluence of our everyday lives. The work of art we seek to create is a good and fulfilling life. If life is art, then creativity and improvisation are our most trusted advisors.
Lifework: Our Vocation in Life
Fewer things are more poigniant in life than spending years confined within uninspiring and dreary forms of work. Within every human being is a sense of vocation, an innate calling toward a form of work that is its own reward. Finding a way to align our life course with our sense of vocation is a core element of self-discovery.
Transformative Writing Series
Transformative writing is, to adopt Hemmingway’s perspective, a way to bleed on to the blank page. Authentic words that speak personal truth come from deep within and have transformative properties that can facilitate self-discovery. To undertake transformative writing is an act of psychological resilience and spiritual wellbeing.
- Transformative Writing 1: The Art of Transformative Writing
- Transformative Writing 2: How Does Writing Become Transformative?
- Transformative Writing 3: Harvesting Emotional Energy on Paper
- Transformative Writing 4: The Secret Life of Words
- Transformative Writing 5: Reading
- Transformative Writing 6: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions
- Transformative Writing 7: Writing Away the Demons
Wisdom: Forging Meaning in Life
Wisdom is the process of learning from personal experience in order to establish meaning and insight into the nature of life and how best to live. Wisdom cannot be acquired from external sources; that is, wisdom is something we harvest from our own unique experiences in life in the spirit of doing something good for self and others at the same time.