Every one is born with true potential. Unfortunately, due to various life circumstances, not everyone realizes their true potential. I think this is very sad. Imagine if someone like Michelangelo grew up in a bad home and never even realized that he could paint or sculpt.
The Extraordinary Power in a Seed
Have you ever really considered the utter magnificence of a tiny seed? Everything that the seed will become – a beautiful flower, a flowing vine, or a glorious oak tree – is contained in that little thing you can hold in the palm of your hand! How successful the seed is, of course, depends on its environment. What is the soil like? Will it get enough sunlight and water? Once it sprouts, will it be strong enough to withstand a sudden change in the environment without shriveling or breaking? Whether or not it survives depends on the strength of its internal structure.
You too are like that seed with all of the potential to become something magnificent. I know this sounds cheesy, but it’s true. You need to find that thing that drives you. It’s typically not what your ego thinks it is. This does not mean you need to become a rock star or a rocket scientist. All you need to become is yourself. Whether or not you survive also depends on the strength of your internal structure. What you will become is a matter of what you choose to cultivate in yourself. Don’t let that be fear-driven.
In the counseling work I do, I’d say that fear is the number one driving force in people. Sometimes it’s hidden, cloaked in feigned self-confidence, anger, or bitterness.
One thing is certain: if you are deeply connected in your innermost Self, you will be able to withstand any sudden or unexpected change in your environment – internal or external. Your ability to withstand sudden and unexpected changes in life is essential to your success in life.
In order to develop this connection to the Self, a fairly dramatic shift in perspective is necessary. This kind of shift in perspective requires that you assume full responsibility for whatever happens in your life. By this I mean that you are responsible for how you respond to whatever happens in your life. Ultimately, this is the work you do in Jungian Analysis and Dream Interpretation: try to remove the weeds that hinder your development and cultivate the areas of potential growth.
What Will You Become?
I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.
For many assuming responsibility for their own lives is very difficult. We often have a tendency to unconsciously cling to the crutch of blaming others for where we are: our parents for not raising us properly; our siblings for picking on us; the people around us for not understanding us. Now this one is tricky – this unconscious clinging thing. And this what dreams get at. You may say to yourself, “I’m not clinging to anything.” But a dream will show you that something in you is clinging.
We give ourselves excuses for not consciously working with life exactly as it unfolds. Suppose a tree was to just give up every time it hit an obstacle in the soil?
So, ask yourself what potential in you needs to be fulfilled. Most of all, pay attention to your deepest desires. Don’t shut them out. And finally, watch your dreams and see if they give you any guidance.