Principle 10: Changing from the Inside
Whenever there is something wrong with us, physically, mentally or even spiritually, we may go to see someone to help us, someone who we believe can change our state of being. Change from being hurt, lost, lonely, broken, dis-eased, or heading down the wrong path. Whatever the cause we seek change, change to become fully functional healthy beings again. Those that we seek help from may give us drugs, therapy, advice, training, knowledge, wisdom, even surgery. But whilst these people can give us all of these things, the actual work, the “healing” process, the learning is, and can only be done, by us. Surgery may assist in the repair of a broken leg by putting things in place for the real repair to begin, but the actual repair is done by us. A therapist may do “emotional surgery” on our mind, but the actual repair is done by us. A teacher may give us knowledge, but the actual learning, through acceptance, and understanding, is done by us. You can lead a horse to water….
The necessity for change may be highlighted by negative “motivators”, things we wish to move away from: hurt; ignorance; emptiness; weakness; doubt; sadness, all states of “lack”, but change cannot be effected without something to fill that “void” or “lack”. To make change actually happen we need positive “motivators” to move towards, such as: health; wealth; knowledge; wisdom; fulfilment; happiness, to fill the void of “lack”. i.e., we have a strong desire for a more positive and healthy state of being.
External influence may bring the negative motivators to our attention. We may be provided with information and help from external sources, to effect any changes deemed necessary, but unless we are willing to make use of it, that help and information will be useless. The responsibility for our own state of being, our core health, whether as an individual or an organisation falls fairly and squarely with us, it is our choice.
To effect change on and individual or an organisation it has to come from within.