"Personal transformation is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to the world, because ultimately you are giving the gift of you in your highest and most fully developed form."

What we care about-our hopes, dreams, values, and aspirations - are often buried deep in the unconscious. Most of us were raised in a society that supports making deals with ourselves and others in order to survive. We trade what we care about in order to get what we perceive that we need on a survival level. Or we trade what we care about for what we are told we are supposed to want. We are socialized to place a title, recognition, or a position above that which might give us pleasure, satisfaction, or fulfillment. Yet deep inside so many people are asking, "Is this it? Is this what I've been working so hard for? Is this what I really want?"

You begin to answer those questions by first uncovering your true identity from a soul level, your true sense of self. This leads you to discover and accept openly and fully your personal gifts and talents, your wildest hopes and dreams, your personal sense of purpose, and the gifts you wish to share with the world. It involves a totally honest look at your life, what works and what doesn't, which of your paradigms are serving you and which keep you from achieving what you desire. At its core, this is a journey of personal transformation.

Personal transformation does not necessarily mean "doing a better job", moving into a higher income bracket, getting a promotion, or improving a skill. Any of those things and much more may happen as a part of your journey, but those things are all part of your "outer" life. Personal transformation is an "inner" life process that begins at a very fundamental level. It is not about becoming a new person, but rather your true person. It means re-evaluating who you are, what you do, why you do it, and with whom or for whom you do it.

It is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to the world, because ultimately you are giving the gift of you in your highest and most fully developed form. It's the gift of stepping out of the mindless rhythm of daily life to see the bigger picture, the hidden agendas and meanings behind all that you are and do as you present yourself to the world. It's about recognizing all that you are capable of as a divine creation. It's about knowing yourself completely, and through that knowing, being able to harness all of your power and love. It's about living as a dynamic and creative being in the universe.
Transformation means shifting paradigms. Paradigms are belief systems or structures which, consciously or unconsciously, shape every aspect of your life.

James Ray, author of Science of Success, defines paradigm as "the sum total of our beliefs, values, identity, expectations, attitudes, habits, decisions, opinions, and thought patterns - about ourselves, others, and how life works. It is the filter through which we interpret what we see and experience".

Because our paradigms influence everything we think, feel, and do, they shape every aspect of our lives. They begin forming unconsciously from life experience during infancy and early childhood. Through adolescence and early adulthood, those paradigms begin to shape life. As time goes on, new paradigms form as outgrowths of the original ones and the life experiences they have shaped. It becomes a circular process. Experience leads to paradigm formation, which leads to more experiences, which lead to new paradigm formation.

We can easily go through life oblivious of the whole process, wondering why we are where we are and why things didn't turn out the way we thought they would. Transformation, however, is a conscious process-one that demands our intention and attention. Personal transformation means change. And if you want to change your life, you must first change your paradigms.

Gandhi said, "We must be the change we wish to see in the world." Ultimately, we cannot change anyone or anything outside ourselves that does not wish to be changed. However, we can change ourselves and our perceptions and attitudes. By disciplining our thoughts to create new paradigms, we free ourselves to construct a world we wish to live in. If we want our world to change, we must first change ourselves.

Personal transformation begins with an inner journey. Our outer lives are constantly changing. People come and go. We move from place to place. Circumstances change. Inside, however, our essence remains the same as it has always been. It's just that we keep uncovering and discovering who we really are. We may think we are changing at the soul level, but actually it is our awareness that is changing. It is our awareness that is evolving so that we recognize our true nature. As our awareness develops and we know ourselves more fully, we more easily recognize our path in the world, and the gifts we wish to share.

Working intuitively, you pass through many levels of conscious awareness at once. At first you may feel that it is all you can do just to be aware of your immediate circumstance, what is apparent to your outer senses. However, the more you develop your awareness of multiple levels of consciousness, the more your inner senses come alive. Whatever you may be experiencing in your life at any given time is mirrored at both deep personal levels, as well as at expansive universal levels. As a shift occurs on one level of awareness, all other levels are affected.

Personal transformation is about developing awareness. The more we become aware of who we are at a soul level, the more we are able to know others at this same deep level, and the more we begin to transform our lives and our world into a global community of beauty and peace.

Author's Bio: 

Alan Seale is an award-winning author, inspirational speaker, leadership and transformation coach, and spiritual mentor. He coaches leaders to live and work from a greatly expanded personal consciousness and a high level of self-awareness, to facilitate transformation, and to realize their personal and leadership potential.

He lives his soul mission - to "liberate and empower", and feels privileged to help others discover and live their soul's mission, develop their intuitive abilities for success, and become dynamic and effective leaders in both their personal and professional lives. The essence of Alan's work is re-awakening soul awareness in our culture, initiating and inspiring soul-informed conversation, and igniting new paradigms of leading and living informed by authentic soul expression and connection.

Alan's books include Soul Mission * Life Vision, Intuitive Living and The Manifestation Wheel. He maintains a full workshop schedule throughout North America, Scandinavia and Europe, and currently serves on the faculties of several prominent learning institutions.

You can find out more about Alan's work at his website, http://www.alanseale.com.