What Is Personal Transformation?

The day dawns, from my office window

Before we address the question of what is personal transformation…

Let me explain how and why we came up with the idea of a website devoted to your personal transformation.

I love self help topics, and have used a good number of powerful products that have helped to change my own life. And I decided to share my experiences.

So, if you want to get right to the meat of that, check out my products page here. (And note: I’ve been personally testing a number of new products, and will be sharing them with you soon!)

Now… when deciding the best way to describe the central theme of CASedge.com, we kicked around numerous ideas. Sure, we knew we had come across some of the most powerful tools on the planet to help give you the “edge” so you could make a commitment to take action so you could realize success in your lives. But for what primary purpose?

Somehow, using the words, “self-development,” “self-help” or “self-improvement” just didn’t resonate with me. These terms seemed terribly inadequate to describe something so powerful.

The idea: Learn how to change your life for the better. This has been a driving force for me. I always wanted more from and for myself…

Then, in a moment of clarity after spending a few minutes in a specific visualization exercise (which I’ll introduce you to elsewhere on this site), it was like I heard a couple of words whispered to me – soft at first, then louder: Personal Transformation.

It was truly a profound moment for me, and I kind of had to sit down and stare out the window for a few moments and repeat the words… “personal transformation” and let them take shape in my head. (By the way, the picture above  is the very view I was looking out at…)

I knew that this was the right theme, and here I’ll explain why, along with what the term means to me. I hope it will equally resonate with you as well.

You see, terms like “self improvement” or “self help” seem almost desperate to me. Like we are in some way deficient and need “fixing.” And, honestly, I don’t feel like you or I need “fixing.” I think and believe that if we’re here together on this site, we are feeling like there is “something more” for us in our lives that we are trying to put our fingers on, and simply need a little help to figure out what that “something more” actually IS for us.

Obviously, that “something” is quite different for everyone. For you, it may be that you feel the need to find a more satisfying line of work, or you may feel you aren’t in the best relationship. Maybe you feel that something is missing in your spiritual life. Or your health has been slipping away from you and you want to change that.

The Search Begins…

So, you’ve begun searching for ways to bring about positive change, and you’ve come across concepts such as “The Law of Attraction” which was largely introduced to millions of people through the 2006 movie “The Secret.” (By the way, I wrote another article about the Law of Attraction here… so I won’t spend a ton of time talking about it in this article. Besides, the Law of Attraction is only one small concept and tool when considering a shift as far reaching as the idea of a personal transformation.)

As you searched, and tried to put your finger on what you think is “wrong” with your life, perhaps you came across ideas such as creative visualization, or techniques like meditation, or books and materials by numerous self-help authors. You may have begun to get an inkling that you would be wise to begin looking within yourself rather than outside for answers to your burning questions.

It may be that you began exploring your relationship with “all that is” – maybe you began to question the existence of God; or, if you already felt like God (or Source or Divine Consciousness, The Force, etc) exists, you may have begun to question your relationship with this Divine Source – and how you could begin to work with this relationship.

This, I believe, is where true personal transformation begins to take root and grow.

What IS Personal Transformation?

I believe that personal transformation is a process through which we break down and ultimately dismiss limiting beliefs that no longer serve us (or never did to begin with), and through which we come to a place of utter and complete realization and confidence of who we are – and that we are, in fact, part of a wonderful whole which, without US, would not be whole at all.

Evening Light on the Ocean at Cherry GroveJust as the ocean could not be the ocean without all its individual droplets, the Universe – as vast and incomprehensible as it may appear – would be nothing without everything.

Also, the process of personal transformation signals the end of resistance and struggle. As we progress, we learn to work with – instead of against – ourselves. I remember listening to Wayne Dyer speak one day about playing in the pool with one of his daughters. They were singing, “Row, row row your boat, gently down the stream…” and Wayne mentioned how perfectly and simply that little song described the idea of non-resistance. We row GENTLY, and DOWN the stream. We “go with the flow” instead of desperately trying to paddle UP the stream.

Personal transformation is a highly individual process because each of us is an individual PART of the Whole. However, there are bound to be similar experiences among those who seek true change.

Taking Responsibility

For example, taking responsibility for where we are in our lives is an enormous but necessary step for anyone to take if she or he is going to move forward from here. For example, I am where I am because of choices that I have made in my life. If I am divorced (and I have been), it’s not my ex-husband’s fault for the problems we had. Remember, I chose to marry him to begin with. Sure, this is a simplistic example, but it’s true nonetheless.

I recall the first time it occurred to me that I was responsible for my life. It WAS, in fact, after that divorce.

I had begun consciously seeking my own personal transformation, and something I read kind of “slapped me upside the head” when I read that I was responsible for my life. At first I felt a flash of anger… kind of like, “How DARE you blame ME for the way he treated me!!”

But, as I continued reading and gaining an understanding, I realized that I was the one who stayed in a relationship that was clearly not a healthy one. I was the one who thought, “Well, I can change him and make him into a nicer person,” and I am the one who ultimately married him thinking, “Well, once we’re married he’ll realize that I’m a great person and he’ll change…” and on and on.

Once I recognized that I had made decisions that brought me certain results and consequences, I began looking at OTHER places in my life where I had made decisions.

This was incredibly liberating. I no longer saw myself as a victim! THAT in itself gave me a major POWER SURGE! And because of that, I fully believe that understanding the role you have in creating the life you live, well… that’s the first step.

Besides taking responsibility for our lives, I believe the next part is coming to understand the way we relate and interact with the Conscious and Subconscious Mind. We speak about the Subconscious here on this site; however it is important to remember that these are not TWO minds – just two ASPECTS of the ONE mind.

This “whole” is the Divine Consciousness – call it God or whatever you wish; but, I feel that if we can live our lives in true faith that we not only are part of this Consciousness, but that we can also work with and use it in cooperation with the natural laws that govern our Universe, then we are fulfilled, happy, and abundant.

Does this sound like a tall order to believe in? If it does, and yet you are interested in learning more, then you are in the right place.

star - looks like crossThe wisest teachers have often stated that we don’t have to adhere to any specific “religion” in order to find fulfillment in our lives. In fact, many of us (myself included) were brought up to believe that life was to be an experience of suffering. I have absolutely no idea where, down the centuries, this dogma really came from. It sure didn’t come from someone like Jesus, who never taught that we had to suffer in order to know God or to have a relationship with the Divine.

I have been extremely fortunate to come across and study the teachings of masters such as Paramahansa Yogananda (the yogi who did a great deal to introduce Eastern wisdom to the West), Ernest Holmes (a “New Thought” philosopher who was able to articulate the workings of the Conscious and Subconscious Minds as they relate to the concept of God – he founded the “Science of Mind*” philosophy and faith), Joseph Murphy (who was a Science of Mind minister, and an author who wrote numerous books on learning how to work with the Subconscious Mind in a very “user-friendly” manner), Roy Posner (a contemporary and friend who introduced me to the works of Sri Aurobindo and his spiritual partner The Mother, and who helped me understand “beyond The Secret”), and many, many others.

If you could see my library (well, actually, you CAN in some of the photos here on this site) and the resources that I refer to again and again, you’d see, besides those mentioned above, Neville Goddard, Bruce Lipton, Joe Dispenza, Deepak Chopra, Napoleon Hill, Charles Haanel, Stephen Covey, Sri Yukteswar, Claude Bristol, Thomas Troward, Genevieve Behrend, Eckhart Tolle, Roy Eugene Davis, Bob Proctor, Zig Ziglar, Lester Levenson, Shakti Gawain, Thich Nhat Hanh, Denis Waitley, Wayne Dyer, and on and on…

These, and other teachers have taught, helped and continue to help millions of people on their own journeys of personal transformation.

Personal transformation is all about you becoming the person you feel, deep down in the deepest part of your heart, that you want to be.

I’m really glad that you found this site. Explore… read… commit… act… succeed. It’s all here for you!

 

*Science of Mind is not, and has nothing to do with Christian Science or Scientology, by the way. I have had people ask me this in the past, and so, I thought I would just mention that here. Science of Mind is sometimes also referred to as “Religious Science.”

How to Change Your Life (for the better!)

 

Goals vs Objectives - This handbook explains this!

Welcome to www.casedge.com – your source for great tools to help you learn how to change your life for the better.

Since you’re here, it’s probably safe to say that SOMETHING has to change for you. You and I haven’t met personally, but I’ll bet I have some ideas of what you want to change and/or improve in your life since I’ve been there myself.

=> Do you need help making & attaining goals?
=> Do you need to get a handle on your finances?
=> Do you hunger for the perfect relationship?

THEN START WITH ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS (Just go for it!)

Goal Setting: Do you need some help setting and attaining your goals? I just wrote a book, which you can read about here: Personal Goal Setting Strategies (or you can just buy it here – it’s just $14.95!). I loved writing it, and hope you enjoy reading (and applying) it!

Personal Goal Setting Strategies: A Guide to Understanding & Planning Goals & Objectives

Personal Goal Setting Strategies: A Guide to Understanding & Planning Goals & Objectives

 

Guided Meditation: Burt Goldman’s Quantum Jumping is really fun and enlightening. Click Here for my Quantum Jumping Review – OR Just check it out for yourself HERE at QuantumJumping.com

Vision Board Software: If you are looking for vision boards (particularly easy-to-use, online/digital vision board software), Click Here for my “Mind Movies” review – OR – Just visit the official site here: MindMovies.com.

Just Take Some Action For Yourself! 

 

If you are the type who likes to read and learn about concepts in more depth, I have that, too. Any of the tools and articles you see in the menus to the right or above offer a lot of information that covers a lot of years worth of learning and applying.

I wear my heart on my sleeve, so what you read here is going to reflect that. DIG IN! And WELCOME! 🙂

Is the Law of Attraction a Bunch of Hoopla?

Commit - Act - SucceedWelcome to CASedge.com a site for Personal Transformation! Here’s an Introduction…

I want to put this introduction here because every single thing that I have mentioned below is something that I have personally felt and gone through. Every single thing. So, at the risk of putting my heart entirely on my sleeve, I’m sharing this with you just in case you may feel  the same in one or more areas. Here goes…

You’re here at CASedge.com because you want a better life, or more to your life than you currently experience. Perhaps you have heard about the “Law of Attraction,” and you’re wondering if it’s for real (for one thing) or how it could possibly work (for another thing).

Maybe you’re curious about various visualization and/or manifestation techniques so that you can do more, get the things you want, and get more out of life in general.

It is possible that you are feeling “stuck” as though you aren’t moving forward. Maybe you are in a bad relationship and want it to be better. Maybe you want a different relationship altogether. Or maybe you don’t have any relationship at all and really want one.

Maybe you think it’s time for a new, different, better job. Maybe you looked in the mirror this morning and didn’t like what you saw, and wanted to change it.

Or, you thought you were overweight and feeling helpless about it.

Perhaps someone said something unkind to you yesterday, and you didn’t feel confident about how to respond. Maybe your feelings were hurt, and you feel the need to be stronger and less sensitive.

Maybe you feel like a lemming… a follower… just doing what everyone else is doing and that’s just not good enough for you anymore! You KNOW… somewhere deep, deep down that there is more to life! You just KNOW it! You could practically SCREAM because you are so darned frustrated that you MUST FIND A WAY out of this rut. Out of this mediocre existence.

Because YOU KNOW THERE IS MORE!

But HOW??? How to get that SOMETHING MORE? What do you do? Who do you talk to? Where do you go? What book or books or movies or tools should you use? What’s good to use and what’s garbage? What is real, and what is snake oil?

 People keep talking about “visualizing” your desired outcome; but, you’re practically yelling now: I don’t even know WHAT I want for my desired outcome!!” You may be yelling, “For the love of all that is Holy, will SOMEONE please help me???”

So, what does this have to do with the Law of Attraction? What IS Law of Attraction anyway?

Ok. Let’s switch gears. That last rant was a little louder than I expected it to be. Sorry… but this is stuff I really, really care about.

So, as I mentioned earlier, maybe you’ve heard of the Law of Attraction, and you liked the way it sounded. But it sounded a little bit too … uh… “foo foo fluffy” or “pop culture-ish” – not really for real.

Beyond “The Secret”

THE-SECRETRemember “The Secret?”

In 2006, a movie made headlines around the globe – you may have heard of “The Secret,” which was created and produced by Rhonda Byrne. Perhaps you have seen it. I’ve seen it. I own more than one copy, plus the book on CD. For millions of people, The Secret introduced the concept, or principle of the Law of Attraction for the first time.

We’ll explore this topic in depth on other pages in this site; but as a quick “caption,” the Law of Attraction is a universal principle that “like attracts like.”

For a very brief example, and this is the primary example used throughout the film: If you focus on what you desire, and put that desire “out there” into the “Universe,” you will “attract” the circumstances through which your desire will come true.

Oooh! Sounds good, doesn’t it? 🙂 Sign me right up! Here’s my list of stuff I want….

As you probably have guessed, there’s quite a bit more to it than that, and true and lasting personal transformation is about more than “stuff.” And while The Secret did a nice job bringing this whole idea into the mainstream, it really does take more than a movie to fully understand, absorb, and then apply the nuances of the Law of Attraction.

And, there are more “laws” governing our Universe than just the Law of Attraction (for example, remember the “Law of Gravity?” You can focus on being able to fly all you want, but if you jump out of a tree and flap your arms – no matter what you have “focused” on – the Law of Gravity is still going to pull you down. I used to try this off my parents front steps all the time when I was a kid; so I know all about gravity…)

Universal principles cannot be changed. All we, as humans, can do is learn how to correctly use the laws that govern our universe. The laws work the same way for everyone, and the Divine Consciousness that created these laws does not differentiate between or favor one person over another. We are all completely equal as far as the Universe (or Divine Consciousness, or God, or whatever you prefer to call It) is concerned.

It is how we, as individuals, use the laws that will determine our outcomes.

One of my favorite sources on the topic of the Law of Attraction is the work of Ernest Holmes, whose books “The Science of Mind” and “Living the Science of Mind” are my constant companions. I will be citing frequently from these, and other works, that will definitely help you understand the concept of the Law of Attraction.

Anyway, we’ll explore this topic in detail here on this site.

So, what about all this “visualization” stuff I hear about?

dream of music successI’ve gotten pretty good about visualization – and, you may not know it consciously, but so are you! Most of us think in “pictures.” Whenever you think about something, say, like “going out to dinner at that great little restaurant on the corner,” you “see” that restaurant in your mind’s eye.

So far so good?

Ok, now let’s take that idea and expand upon it. What if you could learn to consciously summon up and maintain “pictures” in your mind of the life you really want?

In 1978, the world was given an amazing little book called “Creative Visualization” by Shakti Gawain, who is now quite well-known in the personal development field as a result of this book. After spending a lot of time studying eastern philosophy and various “New Thought” concepts, she condensed much of what she learned into what became the best-seller, “Creative Visualization” which continues to be a favorite among students of personal development  to this day.

So, what is visualization? Or, for our purposes, what is creative visualization? While you will learn a great deal more about creative visualization techniques  in the pages here at CASedge.com, Shakti Gawain puts it best in this concise sentence: “Creative visualization is the technique of using your imagination to create what you want in your life“ (Gawain, 2).

As you will see as you continue to explore the pages on visualization techniques, you will be encouraged to use your imagination! And that’s quite a lot of fun!

Thoughts are Things (So they say)

One of the oft-repeated “mantras” for using Law of Attraction and creative visualization techniques is that “thoughts are things.” Every thought you think emits a frequency – or “vibration,” or “energy.”

Just as when you actually speak a word, you send it from your physical body, out into the ether, where your spoken word is received by your companion’s ears, where he or she absorbs your word, and then responds to it, your actual thoughts behave in a similar fashion.

Obviously, you don’t see or hear your thought, but you have put it “out there” nonetheless.

Every “thing” that is currently here on earth began with a “thought.” All inventions begin with someone thinking about a concept or idea of how to do or make something. For example, have you seen some of the infomercials on TV where you saw some gadget and thought to yourself, “Gee… why didn’t I think of that?”

the idea!You’ll notice that you used the word “think.” Someone, somewhere, was doing a job, and thought something like, “there has to be a better or easier way to do this…” and then somehow an idea came to him or her… and one thing (commitment to the idea) led to another (taking action) which led to the invention and selling a gajillion of them from a TV infomercial (success)

To put a spiritual bent on this, one of my favorite examples of this is from Ernest Holmes’ “The Science of Mind.” Here he writes that “when we conceive new ideas, it is an act of the Divine projecting Itself into Creation.” He goes on to use the example of the invention of the airplane: “There were no flying machines until man make them. The Spirit did not have a lot of little flying machine models put away in a cosmic cupboard somewhere…” (Holmes, 273).

More on this later.

Thought and Thought Frequencies

Now, the idea behind using thought, and law of attraction techniques to manifest those things that you desire is largely based in creating the right “thoughts” at the right “frequency” that will be received and responded to at a corresponding level in the Universe, which will return to you the “guidance,” if you will, that will spur you toward the right action which will in turn help you to realize your goal.

If you think about how radio works, it will help you to understand this concept better – and I’ll share with you some interesting passages from some of my favorite books which will help you along our journey together here.

But, using our invention/infomercial example from above, you can bet that the person behind that gadget was not wishy-washy about the idea of creating the gadget. That person had a very, very strong feeling about the idea. I will guarantee you that emotions were highly charged as he or she went about making that product. (Remember this point, because it’s one of the keys to success.)

So, where do the problems lie for most people?

Now, the problem often occurs when someone says, “Well, I DID think those good thoughts! I DID picture what I wanted! And nothing happens! This just doesn’t work for me! So much for MY personal transformation!”

My friend, I am going to reveal something here that may surprise you, but guess what? If that is truly how you feel, then it DID work!

You see, one thing that many people fail to understand as they begin the process of applying various law of attraction tools and techniques, or various creative visualization tools or techniques, is that they need to raise their emotional vibration and put the right emotion into the thought.

Did you read that last sentence? If you read nothing else on this entire website, I urge you to re-read that last sentence. It’s important, and will be an integral part of all the tools and techniques we discuss from here on in (for example, you’ll learn a great deal about the conscious vs subconscious mind, along with other concepts).

This is because how you feel, deep in your heart, is directly related to the type of energy or frequency you are emitting. If you keep affirming, “I AM earning $100 per day… I AM earning $100 per day” over and over, but in your heart you are fearing the day’s mail and bills, then your feelings and emotions just aren’t in it.

Your feelings and emotions will trump your words every time. Because in the “back of your mind” you still have fear rather than confidence and faith.

And since you have the fear of the debt or financial difficulty winning the emotional battle, life will continue to bring that which you fear.

So, in that sense, the “law” DID respond. It responded to your emotions and feelings.

We will discuss all of this, as well as what you can do to turn this around, inside these pages. You will also discover some of the tools that I have personally used successfully, which can help you as well.

COMMIT – ACT – SUCCEED

My COMMITMENT to ACT and SUCCEEDNow that I have introduced you to some of the concepts we’re going to be covering on this website, I’d like to talk about one more thing that I touched on earlier, when I discussed the inventor and the infomercial gadget: Commitment, Action, and THEN Success! (And remember, it was backed by strong emotion!) 

Besides not thinking correctly, what else seems to stop most people from getting those things they want? One of the things that comes up over and over again in conversations with people who have come to me in the past (especially as it related to career advice, which was a specialty of mine at the time) was feeling like they didn’t know WHAT to do to begin with.

Then, if they DID know what to do, they felt like they couldn’t follow through – lack of commitment because of a lack of inspired motivation in many cases.

Naturally, if they couldn’t commit to going forward, they couldn’t take any sustained action. And, if they had no commitment, followed by no action, doesn’t it follow that they wouldn’t see the success that they wanted?

Whether it was about their jobs or career progress, or about their relationships (which I’ve heard plenty about… believe me), or their health or whatever was their biggest sticking point, it almost always seemed to boil down to a confusion over what they want to begin with, and a lack of commitment and follow through.

It is my goal that the information presented throughout this website will:

1)      help inspire you to commit to finding out what it is you really want, and commit to taking appropriate and hopefully inspired action,

2)      help guide you towards the practices and tools that are the right fit for you regarding moving you forward to what you want,

3)      help you understand that if you can allow the Universe to do its part while you work in harmony with it (that is, without trying to force results the way you think they should come), that  you will then see and feel the success that can truly be yours.

Thank you for visiting CASedge.com! Now it’s time to dive in!

Works Cited:

Gawain, Shakti. Creative Visualization. New  York: Bantam Books, 1982. Print.

Holmes, Ernest. The Science of Mind.  New York: Penguin Putnam Inc. 1997. Print.