“Know Thyself” is a primary spiritual directive of all the faiths.
Not only does self- awareness give us a connection into the realms beyond the mundane, but it also is a vital aid to us in our journey in this world.
To be self- aware is to know one’s position in life. It is knowledge of one’s inner map.
Without a map, we stray, for how will we know where we are going?
As coach, I promote clients' self- awareness so that they can then mentor or coach themselves when I am no longer in the picture. Each person then learns to give themselves good advice instead of merely turning life decisions over to the advice of others.
Self- awareness helps people make better decisions. The more self- aware one is, the more one is enabled to predict the outcomes of their choices. It gives them the power to determine what is working and what is not working, to become, in effect, the true creator of their own life. In seeing what is good and what needs fixing, better choices are made.
One who becomes aware of their strengths and weaknesses can change or compensate for them. When we “know what we don’t know” and accept it, we can solicit help for those areas in which we are weak, and move forward more strongly in the areas in which we are strong. If, for example, we are aware of personal sabotage patterns, shortcomings, fear of success or failure or whatever may hold us back, we can then make choices that reach beyond what we feel safe with, even to choose the more difficult or risky path when that makes good sense. This is the key to a life that is exceptional. Without self knowledge, one is unlikely to be succeed beyond te mundane.
Self- awareness not only empowers us to make good decisions, but also helps builds self esteem. When we know ourelves, we can see more clearly our choices and our power.
We have a feeling of faith in knowing that we are capable to take charge and responsibility for our own lives.
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Do you know that one out of every 160 children born in the U.S. today will be murdered?
Would you believe that surges in murder rates correlate closely with a loss of faith in government and the social hierarchy? Racial, religious, or political antagonism associated with an increase in hate speech and racial slurs, signs of disunity and a loss of fellow-feeling among members of society top the list of factors in predicting homicide rates, according to historian Randolph Roth. Even during the Depression and other tough times incidence of homicide remained low, while the 60’s, a time of protest, unrest, anger and suspicion of government saw a rise in those rates.
Roth tracked changes in the character and incidence of murder in the U.S. from colonial times to the present. The recent book, American Homicide, holds that factors of distrust, divisiveness and disunity best explain the fluctuations in rates of homicide in the United States (distinctive in its level of violence among unrelated adults—friends, acquaintances, and strangers) and other Western nations over the past four centuries, and why the U.S. is today the most homicidal affluent nation.
America, the author found, was extraordinarily homicidal in the mid-seventeenth century, becoming relatively non-homicidal by the mid-nineteen hundreds even in the slave South; and by the early twentieth century rates in the North and the mountain South were extremely low. After the American Revolution the homicide rate rose substantially among unrelated adults in the slave South and hit all time highs across the States from the late 1840s through the mid-1870s, while rates in most other Western nations held steady or fell. Notably, these were times of unrest and distrust among the people and government.
All in all, Roth found that social divisiveness, a breakdown of national cohesion and solidarity were most clearly related to and characteristic of periods of high murder rates.
Unity, I suspect, is much more involved in social and individual well- being than any of us realize...
You can learn more on this study in Randolph Roth’s interview on his book, American Homicide on BookTV.org.
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