The biggest change I ever made in my life was changing from being a skeptic or agnostic concerning my life to one of realization that we do not come to an end when our physical bodies die. It was when I was introduced to what is often called the 'paranormal' or mysticism. It came with the simple suggestion that I try a particular occult practice, much as is done by Spiritualists, but to undertake it alone, so that there would be no doubt in my own mind that someone was playing tricks on me or kidding me along. I tried the practice and, after a number of efforts, found that it did work.
This meant, in effect, that I could communicate - if the others parties were willing - with people who were supposedly 'dead.' In other words I was being contacted by and contacting and communicating 'with the spirits.'
Of course, the primitive way I'd been doing this gave way to my now commonly used practice of Automatic Writing or, more accurately, Automatic Typing (I learned to touch type at eighteen years of age)
So to answer the question of my biggest personal change: it was one of the mind and heart. For I realized that I - and, of course, every other human being - is far, far more than most of us give ourselves credit for. But a lot of my Hubs bespeak my current knowledge, beliefs, and knowings. Maybe you can learn more about these by have a read of some of them.
The decision to stop worrying about my body size and learning to accept I have curves and make the most of them!
At first I thought it was getting married, now I have to say being a dad sparked the biggest change in me - the change is more patience in me.
The biggest personal change I've ever made was accepting myself for who I am and just be thankful in what I have in life. I realized that the way you look, the things that you have, and the accomplishments you've achieved will not make you happy. It's your attitude and outlook in life that are the most important elements of happiness. As the old adage goes, "In acceptance lieth peace."
My biggest personal change would have been learning to live single, after my husband died. This took me a few years to really adjust to it, but now it is more of a sacred journey. . I have many things that I am learning, and involved in from quantum physics to metaphysics, and trying to tie this together for the lay person.
My sacred journey though didn't come right away. I experience a few more relationships, with failure, yet tons of growth. When I finally said stop to relationships, I began to devote time to getting to know me. It was in this process that my journey has turned into a sacred journey. Life is good. Yes, I miss hubby, yet I talk to him about my new findings and thoughts, knowing he hears me. I also am aware he leads me to information. I am not scared to be alone any more, nor to die alone. My sacred journey is met daily with a thank you for another day to live.
Being single is offering me opportunites that I could not explore when married or in a relationship. It has open so many doors, and I now only answer to myself. Self-empowerment has now crept through ever vein in my body, and I live my life according to me.
Lossing my husband was the hardest challenged I have ever experienced, yet I was strong enough to get off the floor, and go and discover me. That is my gift to him.
Going single to married. I had to do an "about face", all of a sudden "me, myself and I" became " we, ourselves and us".
I was terrified at first when I realized that our future was up to me and him and all of a sudden, for a while, I didn't know what I wanted in life anymore.
Was it a wise decision?
How is this going to play out?
Fantasy - Although it felt like I knew him all my life.
Reality - I really didn't.
Well, 20 years and we are still together, happy as ever!
After writing an answer to a similar question, "What's the most significant life-changing event in your life?" - I see your question more fits my story.
As I wrote there, small changes taken together become a process of change. I think especially if one is on a course of conscious self-evolution.
The small changes that have added up to significant shifts have stemmed mostly from a choice to let go of old fixed ideas, let go of attachments to how things have to be and also to material possessions.
At first it was definitely not easy to let go of things I was attached to, but after practicing this type of letting go for the past 13 years, it becomes easier and even joyful as I have found in letting go a true freedom. It is also becoming more natural to let go of hard-headed ideas of what is right and wrong, to humble myself and let go of reaction and defensiveness. The reward is living more of who I really am.
An all-at-once big change, a major turning point, came when after a traumatic event I reflected on what I believed and why. That story is also told more fully in the hub, "What do you believe and why?"
After writing out principles to live by, a few years later I chose to be true to myself, and that choice set me off on a real life adventure which has shown me that until then I was not truly alive.
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