Figure 1: The pyramid of personal development
The pyramid represents the sense of harmony and unity within ourselves and with the environment to which we aspire. The individual building blocks of the pyramid are lessons we have already successfully completed, i.e. the ability we have already learned of how to live the basic rights of existence. As soon as the top of the pyramid has been built to the necessary height and the whole structure has been cleanly rendered the highest goal can be said to have been reached: The respective person is then in perpetual harmony with himself and his environment.
With this pyramid model we can easily illustrate many of the features and requirements of human development:
For the achievement of lasting harmony a person must successfully complete all the lessons of human development. No single lesson can be avoided, otherwise at the end certain abilities for living the basic rights of existence would be missing.
Also in the case of human beings a certain sequence of events must be maintained. If someone overtaxes himself with tasks (for example trying to build the top before the foundation) or if he doesn’t try hard enough (for example only ever working on the foundation of the pyramid) he will not develop further.
If the basic rights of existence in a given situation are not followed, the respective lesson of human development is again set to «pending» (the stone falls out of the pyramid). The person will have the opportunity at some stage in the future of learning again the respective characteristic or capability (repairing the pyramid). «Baggage from the past» i.e. the need to repeat waiting lessons prevent or impede further development.
If we attempt to pursue our personal development in what is for us a sensible sequence, then the chances of violating the basic rights of existence in already tested situations is minimal. We can devote ourselves to further development and not have to keep on repeating already-completed lessons.
If a person wants to develop further he must want this for himself and then actually carry it out for himself. It does not happen automatically.
Human development also requires time and can be spread over many incarnations.
We will return to many of the statements made here in more detail at later points.
Figure 2: Partly built pyramid with a defect