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flashstorm
31-03-2007, 06:46 PM
In order to participate in the workshop of the divine and for your higher self to express itself well in your incarnation certain abilities and virtues are necessary. Transformation of the personality is key to spiritual or magical development, because if you have debilitating negative qualities lurking in your psyche and subconscious your development will be severely limited or if you develop too fast too soon the negative parts of your psyche will attract problems that will not be easy to solve.

One development system stresses working with the elements fire, water, air and earth and determining the negative and positive characteristics of your personality and grouping them by the elements. In this way you get a negative and postive mirrors of your personality which reflects your character and is essential to spiritual development.

Although I agree with this idea my own opinion is that there are basic qualities, virtues and abilities related to the four elements that if integrated into your personality, automatically overcome the major negative traits that a personality needs to avoid. Also my idea stresses transformation of what you've already got into the desired virtue or ability. I think of this a precursor or alternative to the mirror work.

Instead of racking your brain to determine what your bad qualities are and what your good qualities are and then placing them in the category of the elements, rather you create a list of desirable virtues and abilities, then determine your level along the scale of that virtue, what level on the scale you would like to be and then determine what the elemental constitution of that virtue is and how you have to alter your personality from the point of view of the elements in order to attain that level of ability.
For example:

Fire
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Creativity 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Brightness 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Force/Strength of will 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
concentration 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Ability to Express self 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Inspiration 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Water
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Caring 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Gregarious 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Depth of Awareness 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Peacefulness 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Intuition 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Empathy 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Air
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Intelligence 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Insightfulness 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Joyfulness 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Quick learner 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Wittiness 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Memory 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Articulate 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Adaptability 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Earth
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Assiduity 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Depth of patience 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Indefatiguable 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Determination 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Indomitability 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Endurance 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Of course you can add qualities to this list or might feel that some virtues belong to a different element.
You don't want any of a negative quality so rather than listing all your negative traits you focus instead on basic virtues and abilities that have a scale and where you fit along that scale. So for example instead of saying you are lazy, you say from the point of view of the virtues such as indefatiguability, determination, indomitability, force of will: I am such and such on the scale of these virtues, how do I increase my level along the scale, and you work to do just that.

There will be negative influences in your psyche and subconscious however you use your personality as a tool to alter these negative influences not by focusing on your subconscious but by focusing on the development of universal positive qualities into your personality, which will if habitually developed eliminate the negative traits in the psyche and subconscious. Having said that Some people may have some pretty negative traits in their character such as avarice, hatred and jealousy that they may not even admit to themself. For such people it may be important to bring to light their negative qualities so that they may learn to deal with them and so my suggestions might not be appropriate for them. My ideas are down to personal preference in dealing with self development and are not necessarily for everyone.

angelicious
01-04-2007, 12:26 AM
.....focusing on the development of universal positive qualities into your personality, which will if habitually developed eliminate the negative traits in the psyche and subconscious.

Hiya,

I totally understand what you're getting at here with this technique. It is a great alternative to mirroring etc. I discovered there are no negative traits after all, when accepting and loving yourself unconditionally, everything becomes only good & positive & alive.