“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self.” ~Albert Einstein
What, or who, is self? How can we be liberated from who we are, from the “self”? I think it might have been better to say this as “liberation from the false self.” Albert, calm down and listen for just a minute, you are not acting very liberated right now with all that defensiveness. What I mean is that we really have two selves. We have the self with which we are most familiar. This is the False Self. Seems contradictory that the self we know so well is actually the False Self, but it is.
The False Self is concerned about all the externals. The False Self (aka Ego) receives its identity from the outside. For instance if someone had a large, expensive house on the ocean and they are proud of it then they are identifying with that house. They don’t actually love the house, they love that it represents them as wealthy and materially successfull. It is the idea, the thought, that holds the identity. Some one who is very pretty or handsome may hold their identity in their appearance. They may feel superior to others, thinking that they are more attractive and desirable. Others may use their knowledge of music or art as a form of identity. They are cultured or current with trends and therefore cooler than others. Some identify with their role as husband, wife, mother, father, son, daughter, friend… A scientist may hold his rational thought and logical knowledge as an identity. They believe they are the reasonable people not swayed by the weak minds of those searching for meaning in things they cannot prove. Some identify with who they know, they drop names like trees drop leaves. Some identify with their charitable nature, they must be good because of all they do for others. They like their identity of goodness. The job of these identities is to make us feel better about ourselves. We are better than others, they are less than us. There are mutiple identities for everyone. Some more important to the owner than others. People hold them like collectors of valued baseball cards.
Every identity above can be lost. Millions of dollars are lost and made daily. Beauty is destroyed by age or accident. Bodies decay. Knowlege and science have been found to be wrong again and again. Trends change, opinions change, and culture changes. Our abilities, talents, friends, family, income, home, job, and health can be taken from us in an instant. In this expanding universe nothing of matter stays the same. The only thing that stays the same is energy, infinity, love.
We are the infinite. We are the matrix that makes up the One. We are the essence of the universe. To believe we are fleeting things, thoughts, and ideas is to negate what we truly are. Imagining who you truly are, seeing yourself as part of the infinite helps to bring you closer to an understanding of your being. Make some quiet time to see yourself as infinite love. Imagine yourself as eternal abundance. Know yourself as boundless creativity. Feel the divine that is you. That is your True Self. It can never be changed, diminished, or taken away from you.
Do not identify with that which changes. Nothing real changes. Do not be attached to externals. When we die or become enlightened and realize that this external world is all illusion, it will be like waking from sleep. Our external lives will be of such unimportance that they will be left behind as quickly as a dream. Our physical identities will have no importance to us whatsoever. We will realize we are part of God.
Jesus told us not to look for God outside of ourselves in places, people, or things, “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:21) We are the Kingdom of God. Our egos would hide this from us. Jesus came to enlighten us.
It may be hard to say the words, “I am God.” Seems blasphemous due to our indoctrination. But, this was the message of Jesus who said he had a new covenant to bring to us. The old God of vengeance, punishment, and power is now a God of Love. A God of Peace. Use the words “I am” to help you realize your divinity. God is really just another word for love. I am love. I am peace. I am all knowing. I am abundance. I am creativity. This use of your imagination (God) will manifest the truth.
Meditation, sitting in silence and stillness, will bring you to your True Self, the I am.
One thing I did many years ago which I believe has helped me immeasurably is that I asked for discernment. I was just renewing my spiritual journey, for we all start it at birth, and I was reading about ten books at a time, trying to find out everyting I could, all the different beliefs and ideas about religions and spirituality. I was confused at times and lost. I prayed for discernment and it made all the difference.
Ask your God for discernment if you feel unsure. Meditate so that you can hear the All. Be open to any answers, for God is infinite and eternal and has no limits as our False Self tries to deceive us into believing. If we are rigid in our beliefs then we cannot see anyting beyond their scope. Open your heart to everything God has to show you. Be a child. Be open.
Affirmations to expand your heart:
- I am open and ready to know the truth.
- I have the ability to discern the truth.
- I do not place limits on the universe.
- All beings are equal.
- I am courageous.
- I am love.
- I am peace.
Imagine that Jesus (or your God) came to talk with you. What would you ask him or her? Have that conversation.
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