It appears that we are composed of at least three parts: physicality, personality and essence. Physicality is unique to each one of us, exemplified by totally unique DNA codes and even fingerprints. We can’t help the limitations presented by our physicality, but the engines that really drive the human consciousness are personality and essence.
Unfortunately, personality seems to have been installed in some way and could be considered “foreign;” from outside ourselves. All the impressions, thoughts, learned behavior and imitated feelings have been installed from outside us. We are born with a clean slate so to speak, not including karma, which may have more to do with essence, but appears to involve both. At that time, we are more essence than personality, but as we are acculturated, the “program” begins to get installed.
Essence is the truth of who we are but by the time we are five years old, it has faded out. According to Carlos Castaneda, western shaman and author of The Active Side of Infinity, we are born covered by a luminous egg of energy, but it is quickly eaten away by the “predator” whose food we have now become. Maybe that’s a little far-fetched but the truth that we have been altered from our original form seems to be evident.
As we age, our true self fades into a life of personality and essence appears rarely in basic emotions and instincts. It may be that those who live closer to nature and coexist with the intrinsic struggle of a non-technical existence are more likely to develop essence. This lifestyle may appear primitive to cultured man but in actuality and it hasn’t been numbed by television and modern society in its attempt to make everything easier with technology that only seems to drive us further away from our essence.
Culture creates personality which can be gained or lost by artificial means but essence cannot be altered, except by the evolution of consciousness. In general, for most people, essence is often primitive or even childish and lacks intelligence. The development of essence depends on work on oneself. The effects of personality need to be loosened and the “program” revealed because personality is the real obstacle to the growth of essence and consciousness.
Oddly enough, the more civilized man is often found to lack sufficient will and knowledge to advance consciousness because the material needed for the work on one’s self is lacking so essence and personality develop at different rates. According to Castaneda, for some, the baroque program from the mind of the predator as been totally installed and they are empty inside and, in a sense are already vacant and dead. Laura Knight-Jadczyk, in the Wave material, channeled writings from the Cassiopaeans, refers to them as “Organic Portals” or “OP’s.”
“Personality sees only what it likes to see and what does not interfere with its life. It never sees what it does not like. This is both good and bad at the same time. It is good if a man wants to sleep, bad if he wants to awaken.” (Ouspensky 1949, 144, 161–164)
The Active Side of Infinity, by Carlos Cataneda, 1999. ISBN 0-06-019220-8. (Memorable events of his life.)
The Wave by Laura Knight-Jadczyk: http://cassiopaea.org/