KVE301/KVE401 Universal Human Values and Professional Ethics
Chapter 2: Self Exploration as the process of Value Education
Mechanism of Self Exploration
If one can explore and understand the self in such a manner that he/she grasps the essence of the self there may never need to be any reason for psychological help at a large stage. The two mechanisms for self-exploration may be identified as:
- Natural Acceptance
- Experiential Validation
Natural acceptance implies unconditional and total acceptance of the self, people, and environment. Natural Acceptance also refers to the absence of any exception from others. Once we fully and truly commit ourselves on the basis of natural acceptance, we feel a holistic sense of inner harmony, tranquility, and fulfillment.
Actually, natural acceptance is a way to accept good things naturally. Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in our own way absorb it; do not become others.
In other words, natural acceptance is the process to understand ourselves first. Try to find out the ego stage. Try to reduce that. Open our eyes and look around. The world is full of good things. We need to accept the right naturally. Once it starts coming naturally, we will feel that we are actually upgraded ourselves and now we are above then the rest of the world. Problems are part of life and natural acceptance is the answer to that.
Characteristics of Natural Acceptance
- Natural acceptance does not change with time.
- Natural Acceptance does not depend on the place.
- Natural Acceptance does not depend on our beliefs or past conditioning.
- This natural acceptance is ‘constantly there’, something we can refer to.
- Natural acceptance is the same for all of us: it is part and parcel of every human being, it is part of humanness.
Experiential validation is a process that infuses direct experience with the learning environment and content. Experiential validation may be regarded as a philosophy and methodology in which the direct experience and focused reflection of the individual helps to increase knowledge, develop skill and clarify values.
We are often told to accept ourselves for who are. Most of what we know about ourselves is not only through our own opinion of ourselves but also because of how others view us. When what we already believe to be true of us is validated by some situations, phenomena, or outcomes. We may term it experiential validation.