Shards of Consciousness

Podcast 59 - What Is Personal Development?

Personal development means different things to different people. We may relate it to becoming more productive, attaining success in whatever field interests us, spiritual growth, or education. Personal development can relate to all these things, and more, but most of the definitions embody adding to, or taking away from, what we already are or have. I suppose this is inevitable. Much of the western world view is mechanistic. Personal development becomes an exercise in engineering wherein traits are added or subtracted from the personality according to plan.

In the eastern view embodied in yoga, evolution is seen in terms of removing obstacles to expression, much as a sculptor removes stone to expose the piece of art that lies within. From this procedes an organic view of personal development, whereby that which already exists is allowed expression by the removal of barriers.

In this podcast I emphasize the latter.

This episode of the Shards of Consciousness podcast is based on a post I wrote in October, 2007 called What Personal Development is to Me

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1 Responses to Podcast 59 - What Is Personal Development?

  • Rick, I haven't had a chance to hear the podcast, but wanted to chime in here too.

    I too view personal development in more organic fashion. I see it as a process of uncovering one's core genius/essence. We may utilize Western linear tools to provide ideas/motivation/direction. But we also need spiritual practices that help us connect within to increase understanding of our true natures. Growth - all growth - comes first from within and proceeds outward. Without that interior growth, we may use personal development tools to create an exterior self image/behavior that looks good but doesn't last because there is no foundation.

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