You Are More Than You Think - A Practical Guide to Finding the Authentic Self

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Posted on: Sunday 15, April 2018
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This blog was written by my good friend and business partner, Randy Wall - the Engineering Leadership Institute.

Among the plethora of self-development books on the market today, Andrew Jenkins’ book You Are More Than You Think crafts a unique and practical approach to rediscovering your authentic self, or rather, who you are and what you want. With a conversational tone, Jenkins effectively combines relevant research and personal experience, then provides practical tools to integrate his practices into your daily life. 

Before delving into the many layers of Jenkins’ book, it is important to first distinguish between the Acquired Self and the Authentic Self. The Acquired Self is the identity created through societal conditioning – being formed from the outside-in. The Acquired Self is guided by what Jenkins’ calls “limiting beliefs.” Limiting beliefs are ideas we form about who we are and what we want based largely on negative experiences throughout our life. For example, one of the most common limiting beliefs individuals hold is, “I am not good enough.”

The Authentic Self, on the other hand, is based upon our true wants, desires, and higher purpose. Jenkins argues through lifelong conditioning and personal experience, we create limiting beliefs as defense mechanisms – and as these limiting beliefs layer on, we get further and further away from our Authentic Self. Moreover, most of us get buried beneath these limiting beliefs and are never able to rediscover our Authentic Self.

Part I – Universal Principles of Reality and Freeing Your Mind 

Jenkins begins by defining consciousness as “All That Is” – a universal interconnection shared by all living things. He also lays out the foundational principles of his findings, a few of those being that consciousness is eternal and shared, we create our reality through our intentions, and the present moment has the power to shift both the past and the future.

Jenkins defines creating our reality through our intentions as sophisticated, highly-concentrated thought-forms directing our actions and future based upon our needs, wants, and higher purpose. Jenkins notes that “unintentional intentions,” those driven by fear, worry, and limiting beliefs, lie within our unconscious mind and create our reality.

To prevent the manifestation of these “unintentional intentions,” Jenkins introduces the Grace Principle. The Grace Principle is guided by genuine, complete surrender and acceptance of all events, experiences and thoughts without judgment, guilt, need for validation or justification. Jenkins states that by “holding things loosely,” we can have our authentic desires and guiding purpose, not our unintentional intentions, create our reality.

Jenkins touches on several other Principles of Reality throughout the first part of his book, each of which is equally important to building the foundation of rediscovering your authentic self. The first part of his book establishes a common language in the book, coming full circle with the practical exercises to be revisited in Part IV. 

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