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Personal development: The implications of acceptance August 31, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Personal Development Potential.
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In much of the literature of personal growth theory there is a repeating theme of the need to bring the practice of acceptance into our lives.

We are told that without adhering to the principle of acceptance, we will be frozen into the judgemental world we are trying so hard to escape through programs directed at reaching our full personal development potential.

Eckhart Tolle, in his book, Practicing the Power of Now, views acceptance as a form of surrender, and compares it with its opposite, resistance:  “Bondage or inner freedom from external conditions. Suffering or inner peace.”

Non-surrender ultimately means expending significant intellectual and moral energy on the act and implications of resistance:

“If you can never accept what is, by implication you will not be able to accept anybody the way they are. You will judge, criticize, label, reject, or attempt to change people.”

— Dennis Mellersh