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Chapter OneTransformation is the ability and willingness tolive beyond your form.
I feel as if I have gone through a gate which will not allow me to go back to the place where I used to live. To me, going through the gate symbolizes transformation. But what do I mean by that?
Start with the word "form," the center of transformation. It is a term that describes the physical you. It includes all of the physiological properties that you have come to associate with the human being that is you. Form includes the total weight of your bones, arteries, blood vessels, skin, eyeballs, toenails, heart, lungs, kidneys, and anything else that you can name in your physiology . Yet certainly you are much more than a pile of bones, skin, and component parts. Everything that you would see in that pile of form you will also find in a pig or a horse. The real you, the unique you, is 99 percent invisible, untouchable, unsmellable, and impervious to the physical senses, which know only form. The largest chunk of who you really are is something beyond form. It has been called your mind, or your feelings, or your thoughts, or your higher consciousness, but whatever it is, it certainly is not form. All of your thought and your spiritual awareness are in this other formless dimension.
Now consider the prefix "trans," which means "beyond," "above," or in literal terms, "over." When we place that prefix in front of "form," 'we get "transform." We now add the suffix "ation," which means "action" or "result," and we have the word "transformation." To me this word means the result or action of going beyond one's form. And it is literallythe challenge of this book: to help you to see yourself as someone much more advanced and divine than a mere form.
Your form must follow the rules of form. It will change many times during your lifetime. In fact, every single cell of your entire form will change every seven years or so, and yet you will still exist. You were already in a tiny little baby. body, a preadolescent, a teenager body, and depending on the current age of your form, in other bodies as well. The form has completely changed many times, and yet the real you has remained constant. Once you understand this concept you will be on your way to going through the gate.
Every man-made creation starts with a thought, an idea, a vision, a mental image. The thought is then applied in some way to form a new product. At this moment I am taking my thoughts, applying them to a typewriter, and creating a new product called a book. We all go through this process thousands of times every day. The ultimate in becoming a transformed person is seeing ourselves as unlimited by our form.
When you live exclusively in form, you live in a world of limitations. Think about all of the limits that are placed on your form. Limits are boundaries that dictate things. You can only lift so much weight. You can only run so fast. You can only work so hard. But limits are all in the dimension of form.
Now consider the part of you without physical limits, the dimension of thought. There are no limits to your ability to think. You can imagine yourself doing anything. You can have a perfect relationship with your mate in pure thought.
You can be anything, go anywhere, experience all that you want, in this dimension of thought, exclusive of form.
I am suggesting that you can experience a major portion of your life in this dimension of transcending your form, that is, in transformation. At the same time you will be able to maintain your form and honor its requirements and lovingly understand its signals, while still knowing it is serving you, the real you. The emphasis in our culture is on the value of the external, the physical appearance. I am suggesting that the emphasis be shifted to a concern for the formless self, being ever mindful that the form houses the real you. With enough practice in this dimension, you will eliminate virtually 0 limitations in your life. You will get past your form, and do as Paul suggests in Romans 12:2:
And be not conformed to this world: But be ye transformed by the he renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
This is the place of transformation. This is the place where you can not only live a miracle, but create miracles as well.
You can make higher and higher levels of living a regular part of your daily regimen without going to a guru or mastering courses in metaphysics. How? By believing you are a soul with a body rather than a body with a soul. You will create for yourself a life that is literally without limitations. You will begin to see miracles occurring simply because you believe in them and expect them to materialize for you. In fact, you will become a miracle worker yourself.
You will begin to see the phenomena] miracle that you are when it comes to healing your own body. You will begin to change self-defeating habits such as overeating and avoiding exercise, without having to set goals or work at self-discipline. Your new habits will automatically follow your new sense of appreciation for all that you are, even though you cannot define it in physical terminology. Your belief in your body's ability to heal itself will begin to reflect how you take care of the precious temple that houses you. Fear of death will dissolve as you come closer to an awareness that thought, thinking, your essential self, never dies. Thought cannot die. It is the energy that composes the very existence of the universe, and once you believe this within your being, you will never need to fear death again.
A beautiful woman by the name of Peace Pilgrim walked across this country a few years back, spreading her message of peace and love and personal transformation. She described the characteristics of personal transformation in this short list. You'll See It When You Believe It
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