Do not look at anything outside of yourself to know yourself.
We are all looking for a sense of meaning the motivations which drive us through life. Living lives unhindered by ego. With purpose is realized we are carried away, the Universe moving us forward. The dying man is lost without hope. He has never truly seen himself; this shame, this calamity impacts billions of earth’s citizens. You say, “I do not want to die suffering from a life never lived.”
Where do I start? Start with you. Do not look at anything outside of yourself to know yourself. The master said “The Kingdom of heaven is within.” There is no great sage that has ever spoken of the attainment of self-knowledge from outside sources. There is great value in objective learning; it is the foundation. It is what you do with the raw knowledge; our goal being transmutation into gold, the high goal of alchemy. You can read every self-help book available and all you are going to do is take up space without real seeking.
Attainment Is Not Easy
Attainment of your purpose is not easy, you may have some idea. As you step closer towards self-knowledge the mirror hiding your true self becomes clearer. Often people start with a practice of meditation combined with yogic breathing techniques helping the subconscious become more open to the conscious. Ritual exercises help stimulate faith in the work as doubt will be your greatest enemy. Keeping a journal of your daily activities will help you stay disciplined in your work. This will give you a record of your progress building your faith in the work. Be brave enough to realize the unhindered dream of your childhood. It is all a matter of faith.
Do not worry about profession; it is about who you are. Being able to accept yourself as a divine being; your job is something you do to eat. Faith is the key. Without faith you will never move mountains. You will never find your true self. Build your faith with the practices mentioned above. You will slowly step out unto the water and not sink. You will be content with full acceptance of your divine nature. Nothing will be impossible for you as your will is the same as the universe. Now you know who you are.
We know then life is not forever, watching parents become older, not their young selves remembered from the eyes of a child.
Change is the constant. What you can always count on is change. Change is the moving force of humanity. Without change we would not have moved from hunter gatherer tribal nomads to living in cities having everything we need to survive minutes away. From newborn to old age, change in the constant motion driving us from cradle to grave.
Humans resist change understandably, becoming accustomed with lifestyles, occupations and even our human body. We dread reaching the age 40, 50 and 60. Those years come with the body starting to break down. We know then life is not forever, watching parents become older, not their young selves remembered from the eyes of a child. Children no more we are not, death is knocking knowing as they are so we shall be.
Acceptance to Change
Acceptance to change is a desired response in order to lubricate the emotions which long to resist. We can bring peace to our minds, learn, grow and become teachers to the youth. Changes in all its forms are not bad. In fact, change is a necessary component to our spiritual growth. Without change we will stay infants well into our old age. Or simply without change we would not exist in the first place. Stop resisting change and allow your stress to be eliminated. It is the unknowns of change that leave us paralyzed with fear. Instead of moving forward into the great unknown we stay in a desperate mode of survival in which we can never win.
Ride the wave of change. Stop regretting and stressing, instead move with the universe follow the path of the fool into the unknown. There is only reason to fear if you are resisting what must be. Allow change to be your friend working together towards a better future for yourself and others. Accept your life for what it is; embrace the change you make in yourself as well as the change that you face. You have made it this far, you will always make it.
We put on a costume every day and act out a role. I do not care if you work at McDonald’s or you are a medical doctor, it is a role you play.
We have all heard phrase “I do not know what I want to be when I grow up.” I am sure you also have said this on more than one occasion. I know up until recently I have. I have also heard people as old as 60+ still trying to figure out what they want to be. It is interesting that we as a society put so much emphasis on what we are going to be, generally referring to an occupation. Our occupations seem to define yet we are never happy. We put on a costume every day and act out a role. I do not care if you work at McDonald’s or you are a medical doctor, it is a role you play.
If you are lucky enough to achieve the “dream job” you have always wanted, you probably will not be 100% satisfied. You may still not know if this is you. You may take on the professional roles such as an attorney, medical doctor, business manager etc. You say I am a doctor or lawyer or truck driver. Yes, you do those roles but is that really you? I would argue that it is not you; rather, it is a role you play in society in order to make money so you can feed yourself. We are trained this way since early childhood. The sole purpose around our education system is to grow up and be something you are really not. We are all a bunch of liars.
When going to our perspective places of work, we all put on a show. We are then watched by HR who is the biggest liars; who make sure we are lying correctly. Don’t say this, don’t do that, don’t be you. Who are you? We do not know because we were never trained to be (add your name). We were trained to be an occupation. We live in a matrix like environment in which we must submit to societal norms or be cast out like a leper ending up in a homeless shelter. Generally your only crime was you were just being yourself, or at least enough of yourself not to care about what society says you should be.
We all need to eat, and while I have met many happy people who enjoy the homeless lifestyle it is not for everyone. I myself was homeless for a short period of time and it did have its moments of freedom. Although the luxuries of life were often missed; missed so much in fact that I decided to join back in with the matrix and learn a gig. I am very fortunate that I have started to grow in my spirituality which has led me to a greater understanding of myself and the conclusions that I have stated above.
I am learning that my life’s purpose is to just be me. I am not a writer, student, counselor, teacher etc. I may do those things, but they are just actions that I do to make money in order to feed myself. I was most truly myself at the time of my birth, untainted by the corruption of our humanity. We are tainted by our educational, monetary and government systems into being ego driven sociopaths only looking out for a ourselves. What is worse we do not even know who we are. Today we have a growing number of people who suffer with depression and anxiety than ever before. We have an alarming amount of people succumb to suicide. We believe we must work 30+years then retire and die. Sadly most never learn who they really are.
Just be. That’s it. Just be. I do not expect anything out of you other than you just being you. Seek within. Jesus said the Kingdom of heaven s within. Within is found our true and highest self. A self that has been clothed with the world we live in. When taking path less traveled you must go through stages of disrobing. We then are left naked with our egos brought down and nailed upon the cross. We have returned to the state of our birth. A sense of freedom comes from taking of the layers of deceit. Removing the worldly clothes from our ego can be frightening as we will eventually view ourselves for who we truly are.
There are many steps a person can take towards understanding who they truly are. They can be found in the religions of the world as well as various occult orders. We may learn in gradually becoming curious of this unknown world within. This by the way is what happened to me. Once a conservative seminary student with aspirations of the pastorate; I realized I was learning many great truths but the organized Christianity I was a part of was not Christian at all. I let go of what I thought, I wanted to just be! I am a perfect spirit and so are you! Just be. Let go. You have found your purpose. In fact you never lost it. Your purpose is to be you. Now live you and don’t look back!