Personal Authenticity Expressing as Autonomy

Theme of the following quotations: Autonomy is the moral freedom of the person who chooses to act according to her own self-direction, not the given values and beliefs of her society. In the context of personal authenticity, this self-direction is not arbitrary. Rather it is a freedom whose direction is sourced consistently by the values and inclinations of her own unique nature as it is experienced in the moment.

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Self-Actualization vs. Self-Image Actualization

Theme of the following quotations: We distort our inborn natures when we mistakenly assume that the path to personal development and virtue is a path of fitting oneself into molds suggested by conventional society, teachings, or the examples of luminaries. To do so is to actualize an image of how one should be, rather than one’s authentic self.

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Treading The Path - Living in Process

A teenager recently upturned my self-image when she called me, “Old Man.” Yet I have been called many things, including infant, teenager, young adult, and middle-aged. Millions of thoughts have excited my brain. Tens of thousands of feelings have rippled through my body. The sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touches which have passed through my awareness are innumerable.

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Entering the Wilderness of the Undiscovered Self

Theme of the following quotations: Some persons will respond to the call of spiritual emergency by resolving to become their authentic selves. The person who does so initiates a psychological process that tends increasingly to differentiate herself from the values and beliefs bestowed her by the happenstance of the social and cultural conditioning into which she was born and raised.

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The Spiritual Emergency of Inauthentic Living

Theme of the following quotations: Some persons are fortunate to be called to an authentic life by nature, upbringing, or good fortune. Many however are called by the psychological pain of an inherently inauthentic life. These pains are messengers, as Rumi notes. Rather than run from these pains or numb ourselves to them, were we to heed them, then we would be lead to an adventure in self-discovery.

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