It is my opinion that existence as we know it is all about choice. More importantly ONE choice; one from which all subsequent others are made. That choice is one of identity. It presents itself as the question that plagues us, demanding that we seek out an answer; Who Am I? What is my identity? Many have consciously forgotten about this question and have consequently on a subconscious level sought out its potential answers in the accumulation of things; wealth, pleasure, power etc. Others, either through wisdom or experience, understand that “the truth [isn’t] out there” but rather it is within. With regards to identity, is there such a thing as an “Authentic Identity” and if so, how are we authenticated? Let us examine these questions.
“Authentic Identity is the remaining in sameness of a genuine, and real self in the exact likeness of (…) in our nature and quality.”
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A book I read recently suggested that the Universe, and everything in existence, originated from a single entity. That everything is derived from an all-encompassing essence, including sentient beings such as us, Humans. As I lay here in bed prepared to fall into slumber, the word Unity permeated my being; its meaning, its true essence. I pondered for a moment on the word Unity, and realized that the times we, as humans, are happiest or in the most blissful state are when we are united or feel as such; united with one individual in companionship or friendship, united in a family, united in a society or culture coinciding with the inherent but often unknown essence of what makes us happy. In fact, we desire and go to great lengths to acquire or fulfill this sense of belonging. I dare suggest that it’s because we are all individual parts of a whole, in essence, “in spirit”. Ponder for a moment on these aforementioned instances in which we feel united. Even from our most limited perspective, you’ll find that we are always referring to a Unity Unseen. This Unity Unseen is manifested in natural ways allowing us to perceive it with our senses, but upon some reflection we find that such manifestation is but secondary to the true UNITY that already exists in the UNSEEN. For example, when we desire to feel close to someone, what we are truly seeking is not simply to be physically near them. For even if they perform the most profound actions of love and comfort, absent of the unseen truth behind it, we can perceive the hollowness of those actions and are left feeling empty. Now, if we feel so compelled to be One, Whole or United, and have yet to achieve the state where it is manifested in the natural, this next question begs asking. Is there something, somehow interfering or opposing the very idea of us being united? If so why? And also, how does this force go about interfering as it were with this innate, powerful force of UNITY? The latter of these questions will be the focus of today’s topic.
Unity: joined together or combined so as to form a single whole; in harmony.
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We all have dreams. Aspirations as high as the stars. Unbeknownst to our conscious mind however, we have allowed the clarity and belief of that dream to be extinguished by the dogma of this world. While that is the case for most of us, some have managed to see their dreams realized. Not through any dishonest or nefarious means, but through obedience, honesty and hard work. They were able to realize their dream not because of any superpowers or special abilities that the rest of us do not possess, but simply because they have an understanding that most do not. I believe these folks understand that success, and happiness in life, lies in a universal process through which all dreams are realized. The knowledge of the process is liberating to say the least, and easy to understand. Its application, however, is a much more challenging task. The process is as follows: Word or Vision—Faith or Action—Doubt or Challenge—Realization or Fulfillment.
“Every endeavor, every journey, begins with a Word or Vision.”
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Who am I? Why do I exist? These are questions that have dominated the thoughts of mankind since the beginning of time. The answer to those two questions, or the absence of it will undoubtedly shape your life. Either a life of direction, peace and assurance or one of doubt, uncertainty, and even hopelessness. Today I will share my view on the topic, and hope my insights will shed some light on the all-important and unavoidable question. I say question in the singular because both these questions and its various other forms are essentially asking the same thing: “What is my purpose?”
“Purpose is the reason for which something exists or was made. If I exist I must have a purpose.”
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The poem “Splendor in the grass” is about having had certain attributes, skills, capabilities and having them wane over time or losing them altogether. It alludes to aging and all that comes with it. Whereas the young and immature sees aging as things ONLY being taken from us, William Wordsworth takes the perspective of the wise. He speaks that while it is true that things get taken from us as we age, we gain much in the process: we learn to sympathize, to appreciate the positives from negative and painful times, to fortify our faith, and we become wiser through the experience of it all.
Splendor in the grass advises us to enjoy the experience of aging in its entirety. There was a time when our light shone brightly in the radiance of youth, however the latter portion of our lives can be just as “flashy” if we choose to see what we are gaining rather than what once was. Take care to enjoy each stage of life simply for what it is.
As a lion to his Pride, so is a man to his Kingdom. So it is that a man’s duty is to provide for his family, protect them and guide them throughout the often perilous wilderness of life. While it is important to provide these things however, unlike the lion, a man’s duty is to offer more than the what. The what ensures your family’s immediate survival, it does nothing to ensure the longevity of your kingdom and its people–your legacy. The way to ensure your legacy continues is highly dependent on how we govern your kingdom. And this how lies in knowing yourself.
As the ruler of your kingdom everything falls upon you. From the grand to the minute. When other Prides come to invade your land, or when you have to settle disputes among your people, your inhabitants look towards you for answers. Not only to protect or save them from danger, or reaching a fair judgment, but to do so wisely. True wisdom comes from knowing your true self. The one you were intended to be. Through this knowing, you’ll be able to face any unknown-from the day-to-day to the unbelievable- with confidence and conviction. So how do you get to know yourself?
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The more I read and understand the Bible for myself, the more I comprehend the depths of God’s teachings. I’ve come to see that the book has actually very little to do with Religion. In fact, what it does is show us a way of living beneficial to our health, spiritual or otherwise. My latest epiphany pertains to one of the most powerful tools used in deceiving and imprisoning us, Isolation. Isolation is Satan’s method of making someone feel “completely separated from others”, thereby isolating them for real. The most painful moments in our lives are when we feel the most alone. Loneliness most often leads to destructive behavior such as depression, alcohol and drug abuse, prostitution, homicide and suicide to name a few. So, how does he get you to isolate yourself or feel isolated? His primary tactics are Fear and Pride.
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According to the Dictionary, Perspective is “the faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship”.
It’s the ability or gift of seeing all pertinent (important) information relating to a meaningful relationship (mankind). In layman terms, it’s seeing the ‘WHOLE PICTURE’ from OUR viewpoint as a people. The attain the wisdom of the big picture we must first seek to nurture the individual.
If you are wise, you would have noticed that your self-perception is skewed. Even in the most confident, self-aware individual, you will find even the smallest discrepancy between how they view of themselves and the opinion of their most loved ones. That is because one person cannot see the whole picture alone. Consider this: Have you ever notice how much easier it is for another to see your full potential than you who actually possesses it? The reason for this clear:
We were each brought here to accomplish a specific mission or purpose entitled “Self-Actualization“.
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