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Understanding Self

Be Myself

Please consider the following:

In order to understand anything it is essential that we recognise that we evaluate everything through our “Social Screen”. Simply put, we evaluate anything/everything by using our minds according to how we were ‘taught’/‘told’-by parents, relatives, friends, teachers (including educational teachers, ministers, employers, lawyers, doctors and so forth).In order to “Be Myself” I must look deeply by intentionally and consciously stepping away from my Social Screen and towards my inner knower.Yes, we all have an ‘inner knower’ that will verify what we sense to be ‘right for us.’The difficulty is in knowing this inner knower and not confusing it with the socially conditioned mind (ego) that we all live with.

Context

Context

We live on planet Earth; each of us born into a biological and socialcultural context. Our bodies are superbly designed to exist within nature.  And we must learn how to live within our bodies, in relationship to others and with our natural environment.   We have come to see as ‘real’ that which this socialcultural context has ‘told us’ is real. Ideas of self come from the socialcultural and biological context into which we were born.  Through the agents of our birth society (parent/s, relatives, teachers, friends and especially the Media), we are imprinted with a version of reality that comes from the conditioning of the past.

Origins

Origins

Common Origins for all of us.

Setting the stage for our present day societies, over the past 5-6000+ years ancient societies arose in Ethiopia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, and Mesopotamia…   Self in any of these societies reflected the dominant attitudes, patterns, and material themes present; often maintaining a close relationship to nature and to some concept of spirit/God/Gods. Over time we have held views of the self that range from being a part of nature to being separate; from a cog in a  machine to a conscious being with free choice; from a spiritual being to a part of biological nature.

Present State

Present State

Unbalance, confusion, multiple pulls on our self concept, separation, inner conflict, mass conditioning, media bombardment/manipulation and, very limited understanding of what it means to be a human being. From birth we are immersed in a world society focused on materialism, technology, and economics with greater and greater separation from nature.  All of which makes it very hard to be our ‘true’ self; to come to a coherent sense of who/what we are. Ongoing struggles between nations, groups of people and between individuals in relationships are presently at a very high level. Today most human relationships seem driven by conflict, emotional challenge and a lack of mutual respect.  And most ‘committed relationships’ between males and females seem to break down irreconcilably after fewer and fewer years.

Challenges

Challenges

  1. To discover our true self in the midst of much socialcultural pressure.  
  2. To look at ourselves and determine our attitudes, for these form the basis of our everyday interactions with our self and others. 
  3. To master our emotions so that they direct our energies in the ways we truly feel are important to our unfolding.
  4. To contemplate our spiritual nature and come to peace within.
  5. To uncover our capabilities and talents; our gifts from birth; and to release them.
  6. To find the meaning of happiness.  What does happiness really mean to me?
  7. To understand and enjoy relationships with others.
  8. To discover our part in and interdependence with all life on Earth.
Positive Directions

Positive Directions

Many of us are waking up and encouraging others to awaken to our inner Being (true self).  Please click on Organisations to find out more about what positive directions are being taken by others.