Who are you?
Minus your name, gender, job, status, etc?
Once all the labels are stripped away, what remains?
That, that remains is who and what you are; it is the Truth of You and it is that Self that your life journey is about knowing.
Often times gurus, mystics, sages, teachers, and ministers will speak of seeking, searching for, discovering, and uncovering your true self and depending on what they mean by those words they are partly correct. Let me explain by way of an analogy many of us can relate to. Have you ever “misplaced” your house or car keys? Have you ever, searched and searched and searched only to later find them sitting in plain sight? Yeah, well that is what I am referring to here. You do not need to “search for,” “discover,” or “find” the keys; technically what you are on is a path of “remembering” where they too often find them sitting in plain sight but overlooked.
Our True Selves are in plain sight as well; however, we have forgotten and/or misplaced that truth by believing in the illusion of a hurried ego driven mass consciousness. There is nothing for you to find since the you that you seek already exists and like the Oracle pointed out to Neo (The Matrix) when she pointed to the sign above the doorway, which had the phrase “Temet Nosce” Know Thyself.
It did not say go find yourself, discover yourself, or search for yourself; it said quite profoundly to Know Thyself.
The journey of remembering is one that we are all on whether we know it or not; some of us are consciously aware while others are sleep walking in a sense; unaware of the true nature and power that is inherent in, as, with them.
Sacred contracts or soul contracts bind us all in the web of life as we enter and exit the various stages and chapters of one another’s lives playing our parts perfectly.
When we are given insight that there is more to life than working, earning money, spending money, drinking and partying, and all the milestones that culture and society tell us we should be striving for and reaching to attain, when we gain that glimpse behind the curtain, like Dorothy did, discovering the Wizard to be an illusion, we are given the opportunity to wake up and remember.
Much like our physical process of waking up in the morning, we may wake up suddenly in a flash or we may slowly regain consciousness, moving slowly out of bed and to the bathroom, gradually coming to a fully wakened state. Our remembering process, likewise, can happen in a sudden moment of Satori (enlightenment) or gradually over time; either way it will happen.
Want to help this process along? like you do when you set your alarm to wake you? Here are three tools that can assist us in remembering.
2. Contemplative Prayer
3. Looking at a sacred journey of another as your own. For example, studying the classical story of the Wizard of Oz and seeing the Hero’s journey being masterfully demonstrated in such a way that you can follow Dorothy’s journey as a road map of sorts to help you along your journey. The journey of Harry Potter, Bruce Wayne (Batman), Neo (The Matrix) Clark Kent (Superman), and Miss Celie (The Color Purple) are all equally powerful archetypal road maps that chart the course for us. There are also the non-fiction journeys of such people as Viktor Frankl, Helen Keller, the Dalai Lama, and Nelson Mandela that we can study and learn from.
What profit a man to gain the whole world if he loses his soul?
What good does it do for us to seek after things when the most important discovery is that of remembering who and what we truly are? Many of us go around as beggars, clinging after scraps, when we are kings and queens of great power!
Ready to remember?
Ready to Know the Truth?
Good.. then let the fun begin!