Sunday, 24 January 2016

Do not believe in yourself, you are so much more than that (part II)

'The unexamined life is not worth living' - Socrates

Continued from Part I

Just as the droplets of water that flow in the river and the flowing river itself are one and the same, we too cannot be separated from the universal whole.

This is a profound realisation. We can start to see that we are not separate from other humans, we are all expressions of the universal intelligence. We are like water droplets in the river, all moving in different directions but all part of the whole. 

In fact, we are not separate from any other living thing or indeed any other thing. There is really no separation, just different forms, different ways of organising one universal intelligence. This is what mystics mean when they talk of oneness of being.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Do not believe in yourself, you are so much more than that (part I)

'The unexamined life is not worth living' - Socrates

Who are you? 

Beyond job titles and family roles, beyond places of birth and ethnicities, beyond gender and sexuality, really, who are you? Who are we?

Some think that this is too hard a question, that we’d need to study philosophy for the rest of our life, or to renounce the material world and become a wandering mystic to ever find out. 

Maybe it’s just one of life’s great mysteries and pretty much irrelevant anyway. 

A journey of exploration
Others think differently, they think we can all embark on a journey of exploration to find out who we really are. Perhaps discovering the nature of our true self can have profound implications for living a meaningful and happy life.

What would happen if we stopped believing in our 'self' and tried to discover who we really are? 

We may well get a big surprise. We may realise that our true nature is very different from the ideas of self that we inherit from our family and society.