Why are we so obsessed with transformation? We love shows like Biggest Loser, MTV’s Made, Extreme Home Makeover, Hoarders, and my most recent obsession, A&E’s “Heavy”. All of these shows are about someone’s quest for personal transformation. In America most of these shows have to do with weight loss, but shows like “Made” and Extreme Home Makeover are about transformation in general. What is it we are seeking? Do we just simply love an inspirational true story? Or is there something deeper inside of us all the resonates with the idea of transformation itself?
I realized over the weekend, while at a Seminars That Inspire workshop with transformational master Dale Halaway, that theatrical improv is nothing other than transformation. Throughout any given improv scene the characters, story lines, plot, and setting can transform in nothing shorter than a mere moment. By adhering to the one main rule of improvisation, which is to never say “no”, the seen naturally transforms and humor ensues without effort.
Dale once commented that “when the learning process stops the aging process beings.” Is it possible that the elixir to life is to never stop learning, and therefore never stop transforming?
When in comes to personal transformation, and I’m talking the real deal here meaning the transformation of one’s MIND, BODY, AND SPIRIT-I realized that there are 3 types of people in this world: The people who live their life completely unconsciously, with no desire to look within and heal the uglier aspects of themselves in order to transform; The people who are actively curious about transformation but are doing just the bare minimum they need to do in order to change–they may keep up appearances of healing but are unconsciously sabotaging the healing process by not going deeper to examine their real behavior (most people don’t make it beyond this stage simply because ego can get really tricky here and make you believe that you are growing when you’re not)–I know this stage quite well, we used to be really good friends; and lastly, the people who examine the darkest pieces of themselves on a daily basis, and work through the really hard stuff with gentleness and humility in order to heal, heal, heal…transform, transform, transform.
Which person are you? Would you friends agree?
With Love, Light, and mucho Thoughtfulness,