Let me introduce myself. You know me somewhat, but not well. I would
like to change that now. I want to show you who I am, and what I do.
Once I do this, I hope you will look at me as a friend. Then - if you
wish - we can do many great things together.
Who am I? What
do I do? I live half within you, half beyond you. The part of me that
is in you occupies what people call the unconscious. From here, I speak
to you. I send you messages. These messages you think of as ideas,
impulses. I make suggestions to you. You choose to follow or ignore
them. I advise you. You decide whether you like my advice or not.
addition, I exist beyond you, in the world around you. I
am in the
people you meet. I am in the celebrities you hear about. I am in books
you read and music you enjoy. I am in plant and animal life. From all
around you, I send you messages. I show you different styles of living,
different ways to conduct yourself. I bring you new things to look at,
new things to admire - things you might even want for yourself.
Everything you do, every word you speak, starts with a thought. This
thought is a force. It has a power to make you act in a certain way.
Even those thoughts that do not result in action, thoughts that just
pass through your head, have an importance. They affect your
personality in subtle but crucial ways.
provokes such thoughts? There are a few such motivating forces. I am
one of them.
job is to draw pictures in your mind. These pictures
combine to form
a portrait, a model of the person you want to be. You travel through
life, and you collect such pictures. Step by step, you develop an image
of an ideal person living in an ideal world. The values and goals of
this image, of this model, are values and goals you need. They are the
building blocks of your ideal. Introducing you to these values and
goals is my job.
For instance as a young child,
you see a
firefighter. He sports shiny boots and yellow helmet. Expertly, he
kills a roaring fire.
This sight inspires you.
afterwards, you play ‘firefighter’. You destroy
infernos. You boldly save lives. This game, this fantasy is my work.
Here I introduce you to qualities such as Bravery, Skill, Public
Then, as you mature, I shuffle
these pictures. I
show you heroes who are more complex, more rounded, more human. I mix
for you the features of a number of people - the competence of one
colleague, the friendliness of another, the stamina of a favored
sportsman, the appeal of a special teacher, the wealth of a top broker,
the glamour of a famous artist.
To this, I add
and even fictional personalities. I spice your view with insights from
the natural world. The strength of the lion stirs you. The grace of the
deer intrigues you. The beauty of a flower, the calm of a forest, the
power of a storm, all enchant you.