Strengths

One of the first steps in my journey of finding my intrinsic motivation was to take the Strength Finder 2.0 assessment. Some self-actualization coaches recommend focusing on correcting weaknesses above all else. Actually, I think it is better to find strengths and take advantage of them!

My top strengths according to the assessment:

1) Input – A craving to know more.

2) Intellection – Intellectual appreciation.

3) Strategic – Able to quickly spot relevant patterns and issues.

4) Connectedness – Having faith in the links between all things, believing there are no coincidences. Everything happens for a reason. This one was a bit of a surprise to me until I thought about it for awhile.

My long running interest in astrology actually comes from my sense of how everything is connected. I’ve come to the conclusion that astrology does not provide reliable answers to the meaning of life, but I have improved my sense of connectiveness by learning about it. After studying it for years I have concluded that most of astrology is bunk. It does not give reliable insight on personality nor does it help to find life’s purpose. I know many practicing astrologers yet I do not know a single astrologer who can make reliable predictions with it. I still appreciate the beauty and harmony of the system, its long and interesting history, and the universal impact it has had on the human psyche… world wide.

Some day I may post some of the most interesting things about the prevalence of astrology in the human psyche… things like the fact that each day of the week is named for a planet. Even the order of the names of the days of the week has a special significance. The technique of traditional astrology is really quite interesting and contemplating the underlying cosmology heightens my sense of connection to the universe.

I have concluded that the only reliable method of gaining information is by collecting stimulus from the five senses and using reason and logic to eliminate contradictions to eventually find certainty. Astrology does not lead to any kind of certainty. Still, I love the sense of wonder I feel when gazing at the stars and especially the “wandering stars” or “asteres planetai” as named by the ancient Greek cosmologists. Logic and reason does not provide that sense of magic and wonder.

5) Learner – Having a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve, which is what this blog is all about!

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I, the Living… Aye, the Living — or is it Eye the Living?

Everyone is searching for answers. Most are searching for answers to the primary human question, why am I here?

It comes down to this, what does it mean to be an authentic human being? The word “authentic” is interesting. It is rooted in self-authority.

This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Authenticity is a rare treasure in this world. Being authentic means being true to myself. In order to be authentic, then, I need to discover my basic purpose in life. Gnothi seauton… know thyself! This has been a lifelong quest but I have not been very good at it. I’ve been sidetracked and often even self-deceived. I’ve looked outside of myself; toward religion and toward heroes and, at the end of 53 years on earth, I can only say that I really do not know myself very well, at all.

Well, here in this humble blog is my chronicle of self-discovery late in life. This is my dedicated search to really finding myself. Finally!

Now what? 🙂

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