Who Are You Now? (and a poem, “Miraculous Surrender” by iithinks)

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We establish LIFE THEMES, or recurring types of situations and events, as we wend our way through life, and this thematic warp and weave of our distinctive lives varies a lot from person to person. Where one person might establish a life of Global Travel and Adventure, another might live primarily dedicated to Service activities, or someone might center their commitment around Children and Grandchildren as their most vital LIFE THEMES.  We each compose an arrangement of several LIFE THEMES that weave through our lives, daily.

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Life Themes are the basis of how we learn and express our social ROLES.  Family roles, Work or Career roles, Relationship roles all require us to develop certain skills and strengths, and slightly different “social personas” that best enact or present these different roles in relation to our major Life Themes. A Doctor, for example, develops a “bedside manner” in the role of Doctor that calls upon specific attitudes and strengths. How we succeed with a Role, or how difficult it might be to succeed with a Role, can affect the development of our total personality and our outlook on life.

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Later I will present the point of view I use with the Life Maps Process that these Life Theme based ROLES might be directly connected with what Carl G. Jung and James Hillman would call your personal unconscious Archetypes.  For now it is enough to see how your Life Themes allow you to develop different aspects of your personality and your “presentation of Self”.  A person may be a Doctor—carrying herself or himself appropriately in that role as a Healer, say—as well as a Parent, which evokes a different set of helpful attitudes and behaviors. Different Roles might even bring about some conflicts in our personal representation of Self; as when a Teacher is also the Parent of a child in his or her classroom.

So I am inviting you to identify your Life Themes this week, using the life mapping tool presented Sunday or in the right panel of this week’s blog. Then ask yourself, “What ROLES have I developed in relation to each Life Theme?”

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You could make a list of corresponding Themes and Roles, as follows, for example:

LIFE THEME                SOCIAL ROLE

Education                     Teacher (or, Student)

Religion                         mystic or seeker

Work                            (leader, or writer/artist, etcetera)

Family                           Mother/Father, Daughter/son/sister/brother

Relationships                Spouse, Lover, Friend, etcetera)

These are only some possible Life Themes and Roles that might relate to them. I encourage you to discover and reflect on your own. Feel free to share your insights or stories!

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I would also like to share with you a beautiful poem today by the brilliant blogger/ poet iithinks, called

MIRACULOUS SURRENDER

Surrender
In patient faith
Let yourself be guided
To miracles dwelling within

Surrender
Wave the white flag
Turn yourself to nothing
Become what lies beyond your dreams

5 thoughts on “Who Are You Now? (and a poem, “Miraculous Surrender” by iithinks)

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  2. wow I really really love your blog. Ive haphazardly read through some of your postings and they are so enlightening and insightful without being patronizing. I use the word patronizing because in my real world, I feel people talk down at me or offer irrelevant help. The topic of self presentation is interesting. Today I realized that how I am perceived by others is not who I truly am. I have discovered the power of words and the (mis)use of language. I cannot blame people for misunderstanding me because I have unconsciously misled them into believing that I am someone I am not, simply by the way I talk about myself and the words I use. I have been perceived as lazy, useless and sedentary which is the total opposite of who I am. Initially I was upset, but after I digested and processed the information, I concluded that it is because my favourite words are lazy, crawling around and can’t be bothered. I have decided to ban those words from my vocabulary as a social experiment to see if my self presentation changes. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. I will continue reading your wonderful life changing blog. I would put that on my life map :)

    • Wow, thanks for taking your time to reflect and arribe at some important insights! It is wonderful to see someone “pop open” like that. I can relate to your issues. THe world strains at our tempers. We are afraid if we shine too brightly someone will shut us off or walk away.Yet, the Light that we ARE is of divine Source and it is our right and our grace to beam that light as far and as much as we can, as we choose, as we love. Different inner aspects of our self that have been more suppressed are part of our personal psyche, too. That’s what we will look at in relation to “situational archetypes”. THANK YOU FOR STEPPING FORTH, and I hope you do adopt and reinforce your new Mantra, for Good! – Linda

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