A Book for thinking in new and powerful ways
A Musical Journey to reach out to the depth of your emotional being
A Way of Life that brings us closer to our authentic humanity
"We are only likely to deliberately introduce change into our lives if we wholeheartedly believe that the future will be significantly better than the present."
In today's modern society, our love of productivity compels us to cram every possible moment of time with as much doing as possible. As a result we experience frustration, so much so that we risk the mind numbing paralysis that results from time-cramming. Truly Human is a case for making change away from a life lived without much feeling or thinking, to one that is centered on our vast human capacity for heightened consciousness.
"Making more rather than making something totally different is what growth is all about."
. . . Heightened consciousness - the sheer magnitude of our ability to be aware of ourselves and all that we know - is the special gift we humans have been given in most generous proportion. Consciousness confers the rights, privileges, and consequences of decision making, and so allows us to expand our humanity. We are freed to move from the instinctive and preprogrammed to that which we choose on our own.
Who is in charge of our growth? Here, in this state of hyper awareness, we are our own managers and leaders. As managers, we continually measure the effectiveness of past actions, using time as nature intended - as a benchmark to give perspective to lifetime progress. As leaders, we use past experience and knowledge of our current situation to create future vision and then plan sound alternative courses of action. Using logic and reason, we can identify the best way to achieve this vision. Hence, heightened consciousness empowers us to self-direct our own growth.
To live the truly human way of life, is to live guided by a vision of your best future self in which your capabilities are brought to full potential. But to form this vision requires the use of those thinking techniques that generate ideas, create metaphors, expand thinking in multiple directions, and conceptualize the big picture. In other words, the type of thinking that leads to heightened consciousness is the opposite of the straight line, structured, check-list mentality that predominates in a time-crammed society.
Truly Human takes the position that each and every one of us is uniquely prepared by virtue of being human, to engage in the necessary conceptual thinking that vision requires. It's just that we don't often "see" it used, so we aren't all that used to tapping into our capabilities. Barbara demonstrates conceptual thinking using the architecture of sea shells as stimulus for thinking about how to be more successful in life. Her thinking journey leads to the formation of Eight Principles that she uses to guide her own personal decision-making about life change.
Finding ways to make every day count as a purposeful contribution to the whole of your life is the goal of Truly Human. Achieving lasting personal peace is the outcome that flows from living each day in context of the whole of your life.
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