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September 2, 2009

The 6 Every Bodies That Deter us From Reaching Our North Star.

This is some more musing on the “Finding Your Own north Star claiming the life you were meant to live” by Martha Beck.  Martha Beck writes the every body in our lives that we use to stop us from finding our North Star.  My previous post discussed your essential and social self.  When the essential self and social self are in alignment then we will have eternal bliss.  When our social self is dominating we sometimes use some kind of “every bodies” who deters us from achieving continuity in ourselves. For example when making a decision you consider what everybody would say if you decided to be a professional clown and not continue to be a banker.

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The “every bodies” that we form in our minds comes from the following 6 networks:

1. Family

2. Media Culture

3. Ideological Camps

4. School

5. Peers

6. Organizations

The fact remains that nobody or any organization has the right deter you from reaching your North Star.  When you make the decision to line up your social self with what your essential self is feeling then you will your most happiest.  If you hate being a doctor but you continue to practice medicine because everybody in your family were or is a doctor, then you will be miserable.  The best way to overcome this is to listen to your essential self over your need to conform to your social self.

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August 28, 2009

Some Reflection on “Finding Your Own North Star” by Martha Beck

I just started reading the book “Finding Your Own North Star claiming the life you were meant to live” and from the few pages this book is resonating with me.  We each have two selves inside us which are the essential self and the social self.  The essential self is the intricate compasses that “continuously point toward your North Star”.  The social self is the “set of skills that actually carry toward this goal”.  For example, your essential self want passionately to become an engineer, your social self will struggle through calculus and physics.  You will achieve success in your life when your essential self and social self are in alignment.  You will be amazed how your body, mind and soul are affected when your inner selves are out of alignment.  Have you ever found yourself sabotaging your job by being late, daydreaming, and countless other ways?  This is a perfect example of our essential self speaking to us and we continue to ignore it.

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When I was a student as early as junior high school all of my teachers recognized that I was excellent in mathematics and science.  The profession that all of them recommended was engineering.  My social self listened to them and went on to earn my B.S. in Electrical Engineering.  I have had my degree for over seventeen years and I have never worked in a job as an engineer.  I did not listen to my essential self because I just listened to what my teachers said.

The next thing that is drilled into to us is working for a company for over twenty-five years, retire and then travel.  The current economical environment of today shows us that this theory is a fallacy.  If I had taken the time to reflect and listened to whatever my essential self said. Who knows how much further in life I would be today?  When the essential self and social self are in alignment the satisfaction that you get out of your life would be everlasting.  My charge to you is that you take the time to listen to your essential self.

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