"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience."
-Teilhard de Chardin
Transforming who you are begins by exploring your inner being. Transformations: Your Inner Guide To Self-Exploration leads the reader to an understanding of universal concepts and teachings. Each day with this book brings a new topic, inspirational quote, and reflection, providing basis for transforming one's life. Awaken your life purpose, eliminate existing cravings and aversions, and be guided to the happy, prosperous, and fulfilling life you deserve.
Transformations traces the six phases of personal growth necessary to achieve a greater sense of self-worth, reduced stress levels, appreciation, acceptance, and an expansion of conscious awareness. Over the course of a year, Transformations is an effective day-by-day guide through the fundamental disciplines of thought, insights from ancient Chinese philosophy, feelings and choices, chakras and senses, and the wisdom of nature. By exploring your inner being and transforming to a more purposeful life, new possibilities of limitless potential will be opened to you. Now is the time to find your inner peace, fulfillment, and joy.
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TRANSFORMATIONSYour Inner Guide to Self-Exploration
By Mark William Pezzelato
iUniverse, Inc.Copyright © 2011 Mark William Pezzelato
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Chapter OnePhase I—Fundamentals
Basics, Habits, Thoughts, and Themes
Day 1 New Beginnings
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." Lao Tzu
The start of a new year can be very inspirational and rejuvenating. This is a time of new beginnings. However, it is important to remember that new beginnings happen all the time. Every ending is a new beginning. You do not have to wait for a significant calendar date to change your ways.
Take time to reflect on a recent experience that has come to an end. Now notice the beginning that happened as a result of that end.
Day 2 Forgiveness
"There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love." Bryant H. McGill
Whatever happens, you will always be you. The loss of integrity and serenity is the price paid for not forgiving someone. Always practice forgiveness lest you lose your valuable energy.
Recall an instance when you felt unable to forgive someone. See if you still feel that way. If so, can you let it go? Can you forgive?
Day 3 Now
"I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is." Alan Watts
Now is the only moment you have. Living in the past, or waiting for the future, is the means to an end: the end to your happiness. Remember, all past and future events only happen in the now. Enjoy what you have, what you do, and whom you choose to spend your now moments with.
Throughout your day take notice when your mind trails off and stops paying attention to whatever is happening in front of you now. Quickly bring your attention back to the present moment.
Day 4 One
"We are one, after all, you and I. Together we suffer, together exist, and forever will re-create each other." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
We are the same entity, the same being. You are not superior, nor inferior. You are equal to every person regardless of occupation, status, or any other form of separation known in our society.
Next time you feel sorry for yourself or feel like nobody cares about you, remember that we are all one and the same, connected through divine essence.
Day 5 Empty Space
"All phenomena are empty." Demosthenes
We are made of mostly nothing. If you were to take a single atom and enlarge it to the size of a stadium, the nucleus would be as big as a particle of dust in the center. Electrons the size of tinier dust particles would float around it within the vast empty space. It is through this nothing, this empty space, that all life exists. Look around. Something cannot exist without nothing, yourself included.
Take time to look around you. Notice how every room has empty space. Look outside and realize the vast emptiness that surrounds us constantly.
Day 6 Thoughts
"Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings—always darker, emptier and simpler." Friedrich Nietzsche
You are divine essence, pure energy. The thoughts that flow into your mind are composed from your core beliefs and emotions. If you can observe your thoughts, you will come to the realization that you are not your thoughts. Your thoughts are the only things in life you can control.
The average person has about sixty thousand thoughts per day. Take notice when one appears in your mind. Can you let it go? The more empty space you create in your mind, the closer you are to eternal happiness. Transformations
Day 7 Goals
"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." Les Brown
There is something to be said for accomplishing a goal. No matter how significant the task, completing what you set out to do is a marvelous feat. It is far better to plan and achieve one goal than to plan and never finish several.
What sorts of tasks have you begun but have not finished? What are the next steps you need to take? What can you do right now to realize your dreams?
Day 8 Work
"All things are difficult before they are easy." Thomas Fuller
We all need something to do with our time—something that gives us purpose and fulfillment. A job is work only if you see it as such. We work for many reasons, some of which are positive, others of which are negative. If you dislike your job and do it because you need the money, that is the wrong reason. If you do what you do because it makes you happy, and you would do it for free, then you are on the path to happiness.
Do you love your job? If not, what is it that you would really love to do? Why haven't you done it yet?
Day 9 You
"We begin to realize we are energy itself with all of its inherent possibilities." Ted Andrews
What are you? Who are you? You are divine essence, pure energy. You are vibrations in their purest form, light. You are not more than nothing; you are less than everything.
Notice the infinite energy within yourself, how your body is a vessel that harnesses your true spirit. Feel the power within yourself.
Day 10 Stress
"Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness." Richard Carlson
Stress is a series of thoughts strung together over a long time. There is no space. No silence. This is the loudness of the mind taking over and running your life.
Do a forward bend. Think of nothing but your breathing. Long inhalation. Slow exhalation.
Day 11 Control
"If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values—that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control." Martin Luther King Jr.
Never do plans go according to plan. Never are expectations met. Never is the only time you will ever know.
Feel appreciation for the small aspects of your life.
Day 12 Friends
"So the last shall be first, and the first last." Matthew 20:16
The people closest to you are a reflection of your true personality. If you love and admire the people who surround you, then you are a person of high regard.
Take notice of the people you spend the most time with. What are the qualities you love best about your friends?
Day 13 Scheduling
"A lot affects the outcome. It boils down to scheduling and the commitment of the network." David Ogden Stiers
Making time for what is important to you is the fundamental difference between success and failure. If you put in the time, you will succeed. Whatever you make time for is what will grow and blossom. This is true for all aspects of life.
What are the important parts of life that make you whole? Are you making enough time during the week for them?
Day 14 Irritations
"The one who cannot restrain their anger will wish undone, what their temper and irritation prompted them to do." Horace
We all experience feelings of unease or irritation. Whether you let it show or not, the feeling still arises. Where does this irritation come from? Why do you think this way? Is it really you who is agitated, or does it stem from somewhere else inside of you?
The next time you feel irritated, remember to look at yourself. Notice your thoughts and where they come from. It is not the person or situation that irritates you; it is the thoughts you equate with it.
Day 15 Unexpected Situations
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau
Life is full of surprises. This is why life is so interesting and great. Sometimes situations arise that you never would have thought possible. The important point is that all situations happen in the now. Regardless of what time it is, you are in a particular situation. There is always something to learn from every circumstance.
The next time an unexpected situation arises, embrace it. Use the opportunity to take advantage of a new experience.
Day 16 Goals
"Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." Stephen A. Brennan
Did you set goals at the beginning of the year? Where are those intentions now? It's only been sixteen days. Goals are very important. You should have goals for every aspect of your life: vocation, health, money, family, leisure, things you want to do, and legacy. They will give your life purpose.
If you do not have goals, take some time today to write down exactly what you want. No dream is too big. If you have goals already, make sure you are reviewing them daily.
Day 17 Purpose
"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life." Ronald Reagan
What does it mean to have purpose? What is your life's purpose? Why are we here? Who are we? To answer these questions, you must look deep inside yourself. What makes you happy? What do you love about life? How do you contribute to the outer world? Are you happy with your surroundings?
These are very important fundamental questions. This is the call to your first step on the journey to enlightenment.
Day 18 Fear
"There is nothing to fear but fear itself." Franklin D. Roosevelt
We all experience fear in our lives—fear of performance, competition, rejection, pain, loss of a loved one, allergies, etc. The list goes on and on. Fear is an emotion. It stems from our beliefs. Fears are not who you are; they are a result of our limiting beliefs.
Is there something that gives you anxiety? Do you notice your heart beating faster as a result? Does your breath quicken? Does your body quiver? Take note of when these feelings arise. This is the beginning of your awareness of feelings.
Day 19 Freedom
"I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind." Antoine de Satin-Exupery
What does it mean to have freedom? In Western civilization we live in a society that tells us we are free because we do not give in to terrorism. However, this is only replacing doubt with fear. Freedom really means to be able to view your thoughts and emotions as a part of external life. Freedom is the awareness of the oneness within our true self.
Take a moment to feel your aliveness. Feel that you are not your body. You dwell within your body and radiate outward. You are energy in its purest form.
Day 20 Patience
"All human wisdom is summed up in two words—wait and hope." Alexandre Dumas Pere
Being tolerant of someone or something is the minimum. To have patience takes practice and perseverance. Patience is to understand that situations are a result of the learning process. Patience is not external; it stems from within. Your thoughts are the cause of intolerance.
The next time you feel irritated or angered, realize that they are only emotions and have nothing to do with who you are. Remember, patience takes practice.
Day 21 Talents
"I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive." Albert Einstein
We all have a passion for something in life. We all have a talent either explored or undeveloped that drives us. We all have a burning desire to be creative in some sort of calling. The trouble is, most people work jobs they don't like and never develop their talents. Most people become mediocre at hundreds of different talents as opposed to achieving major success in one aspect of their life that would make them truly happy.
What are your talents? What do you love to do? Are you making time for it on a regular basis?
Day 22 Karma
"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours." Wayne Dyer
Karma is a universal law. It is not a feel-good principle. Everything you do has an impact on life, no matter what it is. Picture yourself in a bathtub filled with water. When you move your arms, the waves of the water push outward until they hit the sides of the tub. Then the waves come back to you in a greater degree as they accumulate and pass over the other existing waves.
If you make big mistakes, you will learn big lessons. If you make little mistakes, you will learn little lessons. Always put others first.
Day 23 Listening
"The first duty of love is to listen." Paul Tillich
To listen to someone you must use your entire body. When people speak to you, feel their energy. Listen with your ears, watch with your eyes, and feel the sensations in your body change as they talk. This is real listening. You will find you will be of a lot more assistance to others in this way.
Being a good listener is the best help you can be for other people. Why do you think we were given two ears and only one mouth? Listen twice as much as you speak.
Day 24 Giving
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." Mother Teresa
Being a giver is truly amazing. When you can give something to someone without the need for anything in return, it is outstanding. Giving doesn't necessarily mean gifts. It greatly entails the little things. The biggest part of giving is putting others first in every situation.
Today when you go about your daily life, see the opportunities to give. Know that when you give, it is for the sole purpose of putting the other person first.
Day 25 Receiving
"Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you." Jim Rohn
There are two sides to everything in this world. With giving there is receiving. Unfortunate are those who are bad receivers. A lot of people take receiving for granted. Giving is just as important as receiving. To be able to appreciate what has been given to you is sometimes the hardest lesson to learn.
Every day, we are on the receiving end of something. The next time you are given a gift, recognize it and be grateful. You deserve it! That is why it was given to you.
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Table of Contents
Phase I—Fundamentals Basics, Habits, Thoughts, and Themes Days 1–81....................1
Phase II—Insight Teachings of the I Ching Days 82–148....................85
Phase III—Growth and Development Lifestyle, Choices, Feelings, and Healing Days 149–241....................155
Phase IV—Knowledge Conscious Levels, Numbers, Chakras, Senses, Colors, and Education Days 242–296....................251
Phase V—Expansion Nature, Continuity, and Worldly Issues Days 297–350....................309
Phase VI—Wisdom Poetry and Revelation Days 351–367....................365
About the Author....................395