In several previous posts we reviewed some of Hugh Missildine’s figurative concepts that offered important perspectives for understanding how early experiences, mental models, and beliefs, tend to stick and influence our adult lives in conscious and sub-conscious ways. Most parents are well intentioned and want the best for their children. The issue is that they cannot offer others what they don’t have access to in themselves. If they are operating from their own childlike models and beliefs they may unknowing create excesses that limit the very person they want to help. Anyone interested in a broader application and greater detail is encouraged to read Your Inner Child of the Past.

Over the next several posts we will take a brief look at parental excesses in childhood and their potential impact on feelings, relationships and self-knowledge. This has enormous implications for leadership, parenting and interpersonal effectiveness in general. This is because as adults we tend to relate to ourselves as we experienced our parents relating to us in childhood. This creates an “at home” feeling that we mistakenly label “reality”. Maintaining this “at home” feeling is one of the greatest impediments to personal mastery (formerly known as spiritual development). Personal mastery is based on transformational learning that requires nothing less than enlarging your mental models and beliefs so that they align more closely with reality. The most important beliefs we hold are beliefs about ourselves and beliefs about our potential because they tend to limit or liberate our access to our true genius and destiny.

Gaining objective self-knowledge is a threshold competency for personal mastery and optimal effectiveness in our lives. Beginning tomorrow we will take a look at some of these parental excesses and their implications for adult life. This can add understanding to the list of things we can do to begin creating greater self-knowledge and thereby liberate our genuine creative potential. A summarized list is depicted at the bottom of the home page of