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Transformation = "The invention of a new realm of possibility for yourself and your life." is interesting. I believe that a transformation must have a before state and a different after state.

I believe you have articulated the necessary condition for transformation -- that no transformation can happen without a possible new state to occupy. But I am not sure if invention is a sufficient condition - that is, that simply inventing a possibility in one's mind alone forces transition to the new state. Part of this question hinges on whether there is such a thing as an altered internal state without action in the physical world.

For instance, let's say I have never thought about the possibility that I will fortuitously discover something that will dramatically alter my finances. I read a history of the California gold rush and for the first time I realize that John Sutter had no idea that there was gold on his land, but one day one of his men, without intent and apropos of nothing, found a gold nugget that changed the lives of millions. With that new awareness, I invent for myself the possibility, never before imagined, I might I too might find a nugget in my garden. Note that this physical possibility already existed, but as we experience the world as we imagine it to be in the stories we tell ourselves, it was to me not previously a possibility, and now it is. So in that regard, my mental state is altered, but am I transformed?

If I then start digging up my backyard in search of gold, I think everyone might reasonably say I was "transformed" by that new possibility.

But, if I continue on with my life unchanged in all outer aspects, if I just go about weeding my garden as before, simply aware that today my fortune might change and a rock I unearth might be a nugget, or that today might not be such a day, to all external appearances I have not transformed in the slightest.

So I am wondering if "transformation" not only requires inventing a new realm of possibility, but also one that "moves us to action"?

Note, that \it is possible to avoid this logical fork on the distinction "transformation" by forcing the fork onto the distinction "invention" or "possibility" if we are willing to require that "true" invention or possibility must have external as well as internal manifestations. -- (The preceding unsigned comment was added by Mcgregor94086 (talkcontribs) ) 22:04, 16 October 2016‎