3.9 Evaluate Your Personal Validity
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
The process of Self Evaluation
" It is not knowledge,
but the act of learning, not possession but the act of
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.
It is only when one realizes what core beliefs one is operating from
can one become aware of the validity of these beliefs for oneself.
"One of the
goals of life is to try and be in touch with one's most personal
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.
a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are
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
"Out of the quarrel
with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with
Evaluate Your Personal Validity
" To see ourselves as
others see us is a most salutary gift. Hardly less important
"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?"
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)
difference between what happens when a man says to himself,
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
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.
failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success
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.
"Methods and means
cannot be separated from the
"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
8. Awareness of the highest and instantaneous operating value :
"We inhabit ourselves without
valuing ourselves, unable to see that
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
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 :
metaphysics, religion, belief, system, social, cultural, paradigm,
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