3.9 Evaluate Your Personal Validity


" Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,
The proper study of Mankind is Man." ....Alexander Pope

The purpose of this page is primarily to further expand on the concept of

Personal Validity and how it can apply usefully to oneself in the pursuit of

self analysis , self synthesis or self expansion. The process described on this

page of evaluating oneself cannot be taken too literally since this will always

be  personal and time dependent , state of mind dependent judgment ,

and the process here is only one general direction, but the point here is

to assess how closely you know and apply yourself.

" Let no voice but your own speak to you from the depths". ....Marcus Garvey

Whether  any   path  is  the right one for oneself or not, will ultimately

depend on how that path is attuned with the unique attributes of the

  developed and integrated construct of one's belief's, concepts

and valued experiences.

" Above all these  metaprograms to be experimented upon is one metaprogram
of value is to subject his overall policy to the intent to explore,  to observe,   to
analyze.  Hence  there  is an important additional basic metaprogram : analyze
self to understand one 's thinking and true motives more thoroughly. This is the
conscious  motivational  strategy.  At times  this  metaprogram  dominates the
scene, at times others do. The resolve exists, however, to generate a net effect
with this instruction uppermost in the computer hierarchy".......John C Lilly

 

 The process of Self Evaluation

" It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of
getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment"....Carl Friedrich Gauss

The usefulness of this evaluation lies essentially in setting up a conscious feedback

mechanism which can enhance the vital process of continuing self examination.

Generally, In order to rate your Personal Validity , you should be able

to judge how effectively you are able to handle your day to day living,

your interactions with the world around you , your ability to achieve

results commensurate with your goals , your efficiency in managing

your time and resources and your physical /non-physical well being.

To enhance one's Personal Validity ,   the most valuable tool is this

conscious feedback mechanism or evaluation that allows one to get

in touch with the mechanisms or belief structures of oneself.

 

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"One of the goals of life is to try and be in touch with one's most personal
 themes -- the values, ideas, styles, colors that are the touchstones of one's
own individual life, its real texture and substance".......Gloria Vanderbilt

While there are several known  techniques,  programs  and  procedures for this purpose

of  self  analysis,  however the simplest method can be self-questioning, self-interacting

dialogue (testing of opposing beliefs in their respective context domains), self-instruction

(commanding oneself to do or not do)  and self-observation ( a command to observe the

sub-consciously  o r spontaneously  operating  beliefs  and programs during and after an

event, particularly a non-trivial interactive event),  all of which basically mean one thing :

the initiation and development of a conscious feedback and command

process for the critical examination, evaluation and integration of the

control mechanisms of one's mind so as to eventually set up two or

more selves ( context  controls) within oneself that interact with each

other, but only after a minimal unification of control has been achieved.

It is the development of this ability to create and shift between different

contexts that leads to far reaching possibilities for exploration into the

limits of one's mind and its capabilities.

"Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are
located in the same individual"....Arthur Koestler

As a highly significant example, most works of drama, poetry and rhetoric

are achieved only by this ability of the writer to create different contexts

or characters within oneself, that interact between themselves to

create a dialog.

"Each writer is born with a repertory company in his head. Shakespeare
 has perhaps 20 players, and Tennessee Williams has about 5. . . . I have
 10 or so, and that's a lot. As you get older, you become more skillful at
casting them"....Gore Vidal

"Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with
ourselves we make poetry "    ............W. B. Yeats

 Evaluate Your Personal Validity

" To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important
is the capacity to see others as they see themselves"...........Aldous Huxley

"Truthfulness so often goes with ruthlessness".....Dodie Smith

As an example , the following questions one may ask oneself in order

to evaluate the state of one's Personal Validity :

1. First of all the past : When you look back at your past life , what %

of your past life would you want to relive or change? If you feel that

nothing in your past should have been different , you are indeed a

unique being . And are you now better off than in the recent past ? i.e.

Do you feel that you are progressing in terms of personal growth ?

2.The Freedom Question : At present to what extent, in your judgment

do situations or circumstances control your life? Do you feel that you are

in charge of your life and time or is it other people , or circumstances that

seem to be in charge ? Do you feel you have freedom to choose or change

the direction and circumstances of your life ?

3. Requisition your Resources: Do you believe in setting goals for

yourself even though they may be abstract goals which can't be quantified ?

In other words do you feel that there is something you have to accomplish?

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"
......Vincent Van Gough

If you do not believe in having goals ( that is, you feel you have nothing

to accomplish ), and are dissatisfied with the way your life is going ,you

need to shake yourself up (unless of course you have abandoned yourself

or are deriving some kind of pay off in being dissatisfied)

"Notice the difference between what happens when a man says to himself,
"I have failed three times," and what happens when he says, "I am a failure."
...... S. I. Hayakawa

4. Achievement and Goals : What percent of goals in your life so far have

you been able to achieve ? Or how many things that you had set out to

accomplish have seen completion ?

"I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement
to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth
of a purpose which I did not know".......Joanna Field

5. The Dynamism of Goals : What percent of achieved or unachieved goals

have undergone modification , changes , transformation or replacement ?

If you have not accomplished any significant goals and yet those goals

are the unchanged desired goals , you have a battle to win.

"Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success
come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication,
depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure".
.....Joseph Heller

If you have not accomplished any significant goals because as you reach

towards your goals you find newer goals more worthy of accomplishment,

only you know what you are up to .

6. Fulfillment in The Process : Does the process of working towards your

goals provide fulfillment or enrichment of experience ? If it does , you are

right on track - your purpose is almost accomplished.

"The best part of one's life is the working part, the creative part.
Believe me, I love to succeed. . . . However, the real spiritual and
emotional excitement is in the doing".........Garson Kanin

"Methods and means cannot be separated from the
ultimate aim".....Emma Goldman

"The reward of a thing well done is to have done it"......R. W. Emerson

7. Not Resting upon your Laurels : Do you attach greater value and im-

portance to what you intend to accomplish compared to whatever you have

already accomplished ? If so , you still have a lot of life in you for you do

not believe in resting upon your laurels.

"Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested on"....Carl Rowan

" The significance of a man is not in what he attains but rather in what
he longs to attain".....Kahlil Gibran

8. Awareness of the highest and instantaneous operating value :

"We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves, unable to see that
here, now, this very moment is sacred; but once it's gone -- its value
 is incontestable"........Joyce Carol Oates

Are you aware of what values you hold uppermost, particularly at critical

turning points or crisis points in your life ?

And whether these have ever undergone critical examination ?

Even more significant is the awareness of instantaneous evaluations in unusual

conditions, especially valuations that are surprising, unusual and strange.

( Since whatever we choose to do follows the path of that which we have the highest

instantaneous value for,   it  becomes  critical  for us to be aware of what  is   being

valued most of all, although this will be apparent only after the instant. This means

that a critical command program must be consciously developed that at the very

least records consciously, valuations made at critical and even trivial situations.

The whole purpose of all this is to bring all control programs, from first the

sub-conscious, and then from the supra-conscious, into the conscious.)

 

Without the development of the awareness of the internal evaluation

processes, and their triggers, self - analysis cannot yield results.

 

" Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived
forwards.".......Soren Aabye Kierkegaard


“You can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them
looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect
in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma,
whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will
 give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it
 leads you off the well worn path.”
―Steve Jobs

And now the questions move on  from the core Self to the next most important aspect : the

interactive environment of the Self. While up to now the entire emphasis was upon one's

own core nature, the emphasis now is upon the interactive relationship between one's

given or developed nature, and the rest of Nature :

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