Are YOU Ready for the Ultimate Makeover?

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Listening to a venerable yogi yesterday, her words "you value your values by how others value it" stuck with me. This simple statement captures a significant dynamic of this world. Our state of self-worth is often determined by what other think of us. The value of the ring with diamonds I am wearing is set by the compliments and respect I get. If it stops getting attention, I question its value.

This made me introspect and examine several aspects of my value system. Even in the subtle realm of spiritual activism, one could be misled to believe 'success' is acknowledgement and recognition. It takes honesty, an objective (detached) viewpoint and frequent checking of the two to create a values system that aligns with spirit.

Enjoy this weeks musing on getting a true makeover!

In peace,

Are YOU Ready for the Ultimate Makeover?

Do you sense you are becoming a bit stagnant, perhaps slightly stale? Do you feel it's time to freshen your self up? Are you ready for a 'makeover'?
Millions, if not billions, are spent every year by millions, if not billions of people, in pursuit of a new or improved self image. For the vast majority it's a surface exercise focused around appearances. Facials, hairstyling, nails, eyebrows and skin all get the treatment. The aim is to refresh ones physical image and hopefully 'ramp up' ones confidence to face whatever and whoever life brings our way! Many will embark on some serious nipping and tucking, thinning and liposuction, scraping and exfoliating, on their way to the ultimate overhaul!
Most people are aware that it's a superficial approach which only temporarily fixes some surface issues. There is a feel good factor that doesn't just come out of a bottle! But it's short lived. There may or may not be the realization that the whole makeover process is NOT ultimately about ones appearance. The whole exercise is really a business deal! I attract and impress you with a new or improved appearance and you give me the energy of your attention and admiration which I can then convert into a sense of esteem and worth! Deep down most are aware that time and money could be better spent.
A few of the many who recognize that it's a fools errand don't 'turn away' from the makeover philosophy, they 'turn deeper'. They realize that if ones sense of self worth, security and serenity, even ones attractiveness, are to be enhanced, then it has to come from within. It is unnecessary to make visible changes, but necessary to beautify ones personality, to 'nip' those negative thoughts in the bud and 'tuck' away those feelings of helplessness and depression, to 'scrape' out those layers of habitual neediness and 'exfoliate' those long dead beliefs and misperceptions.
Just as the physical makeover can require an array of therapists, the 'personality makeover' usually entails the hunt for the personal development gurus, the experts on how to realize and 'unleash' your full, unlimited, amazing and incredible potential as an all round human being! There seems to be plenty of those around today! Some will head for the bookshop and then fill their shelves with the 'how to' self help manuals. Others will book in for the 'miracle changes in three days' course, or the enlightenment in an afternoon workshop, or the transformation in a weekend retreat! None will change your appearance, except perhaps to restore a spiritual twinkle to your eye. Each is more deeply intended to help you to do your own changing! To help you find your own power to change what you think, how you feel and the way you act. All are useful, all have a part to play, on the way to finding the 'right way for me'.  
Eventually there is the 'Rome wasn't built in a day' realization. It takes time and consciously focused effort to realize and apply the wisdom, insights, tools and inner treatments on the road to the 'more enlightened, happier and kinder me'. The 'inner makeover' is really a cleaning and scrubbing of the soul. It requires the continuous input of insight and information in order to trigger and sustain an ongoing process of self-realization. It requires the conscious translation of those realizations into action in order to replace the deeply entrenched habits of self-sabotage! Then it requires time to review, as the 'results of practice' are assessed, in order to discern what is working, what 'feels' right and what is still way short of a me being the new 'inner me'! Phew!
It can all feel like hard work. Which is probably why so few are able to turn away from the distracting simulations of the glamorous surfaces of the world for long enough to allow themselves to work on the 'deepest tissues' of their mental and emotional issues.
And so... in the context of this short article, for the sake of brevity in a busy world, next week we will look at seven inner makeover 'markers' that you can lay down every day without needing to sit at the feet of the guru or slope off on a ten day silence retreat.

©  Mike George 2013

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