What is Self Development?
Each of us wishes to live a joyful and fulfilling life. If we question why we spend our time, money, and energy doing the things that we do, we will find that we ultimately do it to bring joy and fulfillment in our lives.
So are we living more joyously? Are we becoming more free, more loving, more enthusiastic, and more playful day by day? For many of us, the answer is, “I am not sure”.
Today we may be more “established”, “settled”, and “accomplished” than we used to be. We may even have a lot more than we used to — bigger and better things. But how often do we look back to our younger days and wonder where that childhood thrill of life went? We have so much, but why do we not feel the same enthusiasm that we used to? What happened to all those things that we looked forward to doing in life?
We have just been playing the game of security!
Transcending Security and Discovering Adventure
We would rather be secure in an attempt to avoid failure than to break out of our comfort zone and try something truly creative. If we are not experiencing freedom in life, we usually conclude that it is because we’re not trying hard enough and resolve to do more of the same things that got us here in the first place.
So how do we break this loop and set ourselves free? Change our definitions.
It is our very definition of what is self development that is taking us away from joyousness. We have defined self development not by our enthusiasm to experience each moment but by external measures like how much money we have, how much pleasure we get, winning against the competition, etc. We are postponing the joy of life in the name of happiness!
In truth, joy and fulfillment are already within us. We were born that way and need not spend our whole life trying to find it. It is there within us right now, right here, as we are reading this! All that is required is to be conscious.
Growing in Consciousness
According to the ancient Rishis (enlightened masters), the developed individual is one who is able to be more happy with less, whose joyousness is not dependent on external factors but is rooted in their own internal freedom. Such a person is of a higher Consciousness than one whose happiness is dependent. Their power comes from within and cannot be shaken by external turbulence. That person enjoys the thrill and miracle of life at each moment, living life spontaneously, full of exploration, learning, and adventure. But at the same time, such a person experiences immense love for others, offering their best to everyone as a natural leader.
The entire focus of the Rishi Culture is to support each individual to grow in consciousness. Growing in consciousness is to:
- grow in your ability be “OK” at the present moment.
- grow to be more than what you already are.
- grow in love.
- grow in trust.
- grow in inner richness (experience of abundance).
- see more and more beauty.
- grow in your power to manifest.
- grow in effortlessness.
When many such conscious individuals come together, a greater society is created, where every person is taken care of, where parents can freely allow children to explore and play without constantly worrying for their safety, where nature is appreciated and preserved, and more.
The purpose of LiYA USA is to realize this Rishi Culture in our world today by supporting each and every individual to grow in consciousness. The programs and projects of LiYA USA, discovered and developed by Poojya Guruji Rishi Prabhakar, provide the understanding, training, and long term support to each person to live a life of higher consciousness.