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The Transformational Journey
Laureen Quick
Greetings!

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Welcome to "Path & Practice" our e-newsletter for individuals interested in learning about the transformational process. 

 

This month's e-newsletter focuses on the people you meet along the path to transformation. 

 

In "Heroes You Meet Along The Way" we introduce the various archetypal relationships you will have on the transformational journey and explore the archetype of the hero.

 

In "Personal Growth Through Your Connections With Others" we examine how personal growth on the journey occurs through our relationships with others.  

 

Finally in "Expressing Gratitude For Your Fellow Travelers" we identify strategies for showing your appreciation for those who have provided you with encouragement and support on your journey.

 

I am glad you decided to join us for the journey. 

 
Warmly, Laureen 
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This month our featured article is about growing through your community of fellow travelers.
 

January 2013 Articles
Heroes You Meet Along The Way
Personal Growth Through Your Connection With Others
Expressing Gratitude For Your Fellow Travelers

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Reflections For Your Journey

 

"We save the world by being alive ourselves."

  

-Joseph Campbell

The Path
The Journey: 
Heroes You Meet Along The Way

 

On the transformational journey, you will meet many people who will be a part of your transformational process. Some will be helpful, others you will see initially as obstacles. And still others will not be "real" people but rather relationships that serve as archetypal projections or facets of your own personality. All of these relationships will be transformational. 

 

The Hero

 

You are the hero of your journey. 

 

The word hero is derived from the Greek root, Hērō and means someone who in the face of danger and adversity or from a position of weakness, displays courage and the will for self sacrifice. 

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In psychological terms, the archetype of the hero represents what Sigmund Freud called the ego--that part of the self that considers itself separate and distinct from others.  As with the transformational journey, the hero's story begins with a departure, the separation of the hero from his or her family or tribe and represents the ego's search for meaning and transcendence. 

 

At the start of the journey, the hero is unaware of his or her egoic attachments and limiting beliefs.  As the hero progresses through the journey and faces the challenges or "dragons" of the journey, the hero comes to see his or her potential and gains insight into their essential self or Spirit.  

 

On your transformational journey you will meet other heros who are on their own journey. As heroes, you can learn from each other and offer each other encouragement and support.   

 

Other Characters 

 

Boots There are a number of other characters or archetypes that you will meet along the way as well.  In your quest to discover your own potentiality you will encounter mentors, guardians, heralds, shape shifters, allies and tricksters. Each of these characters represent aspects of your ego.  They will teach you about yourself and if you are able to learn from them, they will show you how to integrate all aspects of who you are into a whole and unified being.  This is the process of transformation. 

The Doors of Transformation

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The Transformational Journey is pleased to announce the launch of a new e-magazine, The Doors of Transformation. This e-magazine is for people interested in transforming themSELVES through everyday life.

The Doors of Transformation is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Transformational Journey. 

 

The e-magazine publishes every 2 months (6 times a year) and contains articles on transformation through aging and health, art, love and relationships, money, spirit, travel as well as work and service. After each edition is published, there are follow up articles and posts designed to continue the conversation as our readers transform themSELVES and their lives.

To learn more, go to: The Doors of Transformation 
 

 

Success Strategies For Your JourneyGrowth
Personal Growth Through Your Connection With Others

It is easy to think you are alone on your transformational journey.  You are not. There are others on their own transformational journey who can provide you with support and encouragement on your journey.

 

The Journey

The community you will want to build on your journey is a community of travelers who support each other in the process of mutual growth and development. The process of growth and development is the goal or 

ultimate outcome of any transformation. Without it there can be no transformation. 

 

Thus, the first step in building your community of support is to make a commitment to your own personal growth.  Once you have made this commitment and begun to fulfill it, you will attract into your life other like-minded individuals to join you in your journey of transformation.

 

Self Knowledge & The Johari Window

 

Self-growth involves the discovery and application of knowledge about yourself with the intention that your thoughts, decisions, behavior and actions are in alignment with who you are and who you want to become.  In order to grow you must begin with what you know about yourself and expand upon that knowledge.

 

The Johari Window is a tool created by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingham in 1955 while researching group dynamics at the University of California in Los Angeles.  The Johari Window can be used to help you understand and assess your level of self-knowledge as well as the degree to which you are willing to self-disclose or reveal who you are to others and accept feedback from others.

The insights you gain from the Johari window can also serve as a motivation to become more willing to share who you are with others and to become more open to feedback from others.

 

As shown in Illustration 1, The Johari Window is broken down into four areas or quadrants:

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1. Open Area: Information we know about ourselves and that others know as well.

 

2. Blind Area: Information we do not know about ourselves but that others know about us.

 

3. Hidden Area: Information we know about ourselves but do not share with others.

 

4. Unknown Area: Information we do not know about ourselves and no one else knows either.

 

For many of us, these quadrants are not perfectly balanced.  For example, as Illustration 2 shows, individuals who live with little knowledge about themselves will have smaller open areas and larger hidden, blind and unknown areas.   

 

                       Illustration 2 

Johari Window 2

Individuals with small quadrants of self-knowledge live out their lives making decisions and taking action potentially out of alignment with who they are and what they value.

 

Through transformational growth, the Open Area of the Johari Window expands.  

 

As Illustration 3 shows, as you learn more about yourself through self-reflection, you increase your self-knowledge and your blind area decreases.

 

                                                               Illustration 3

Johari Window 3  

At the same time, as you begin to live with a more open and expanded sense of self, you are more comfortable sharing more about yourself with others. They in turn, are more willing to share with you. Over time and through appropriate self disclosure, trust is built and the friendships you have with others allows you to grow through your interactions with them.  Ultimately it is in this way that you find and build your community of fellow travelers--a community of like minded individuals who can assist and support each other as they work to transform themselves.

 

The degree to which you limit your ability to interact and share with others, is the degree to which you limit your growth and development.  

 


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Every fourth Wednesday of the month, meet up and join in the conversation with other travelers on the journey to transformation to discuss the application of transformational concepts as it relates to your life.  Club membership is free and all are invited to attend and participate in our monthly Tele-Circle calls.

January 2013 

Daring Greatly
Date
January 30, 2013*

Time
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time

Book
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent & Lead

Author
Brene Brown, Ph.D., LMSW

About Daring Greatly

 

Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brene Brown offers a powerful new vision in Daring Greatly that encourages us to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly and courageously.

 

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts.

 

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown's many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth-and trust-in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

 

To register and receive a summary of this book as well as online access information, please e-mail:  Laureen Quick 

*Note: The January 2013 Traveler's Club will be held on the 5th Wednesday of the month

Practice: Tools For Transformation
Expressing Gratitude For Your Fellow Travelers
 

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude's effectiveness, suggesting 

Thank You!

that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

 

The practice of gratitude is an important tool for transformation. It facilitates a shift away from negative thinking as well as creates energy by focusing your thoughts on the blessings in your life.  Expressing gratitude to those who have supported and encouraged you on your journey also serves to foster and reinforce the community of people who have assisted you in your process of transformation.

 

9+ Ways To Express Your Gratitude

 

1. Thank them verbally, face to face and end with a hug or warm handshake. 

 

2. Send them an old fashioned thank you note or an e-card letting them know how much you appreciate them.

 

3. Do something with them that they love to do even if the activity is not at the top of your fun list.  Sharing your time with them and doing things that they love to do shows that you value their friendship, support and assistance.

 

4. Give them a small "thank-you" gift that will surprise and delight them, like a small box of chocolate or an inspiring book of poetry or quotes.

 

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5. Give them a small gift card for cup of coffee or for movie tickets or anything else they might enjoy.

 

6. Drop off a box of homemade cookies or cupcakes from your favorite baker for them to indulge their culinary senses.

 

7. Acknowledge their accomplishments or life events--such as being promoted, getting married or having a baby--with a card and/or gift.

 

8. Throw a party for your family and friends to honor and thank them for their encouragement and support.

 

9. Do something kind for them anonymously and silently thank them for all that they have done for you.  

 

10.  Add your favorite way of showing appreciation to your family and friends by commenting on our related blog post at: Expressing Gratitude

 
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