Know Thy Self
The most important thing you can do for yourself is this, really get to know yourself. Find out who you are, what you love, and know why you love it. Most people are in fear of knowing themselves, they run from anything that shows them who they are. This is why people turn to drinking or drugs, because they are not able to deal with their own thoughts.
You have to accept yourself head on, face yourself; deal with who you are. Once you know who you are you can grow, you can make that change you need to make. Once you know yourself well and you have faced those ideas that scare you, you can take control of your own life, you can be your own master; as opposed to being a slave.
Self mastery is a difficult task, it’s rewards are great if you can do it. The first step of self mastery is knowing yourself extremely well. To know how you feel about yourself, your friends, and your family. One of the benefits to knowing yourself is peace of mind, when you are no longer trying to run away from yourself, when you accept yourself like you are; there is no longer any fear.
One way to get to know yourself is to keep journals of your day, to write everyday your thoughts as they are. Sometimes you have to write several times a day, if you embrace this and yourself, your on the right path.
When writing in your journals, keep it free. The writing should be your real true thoughts, not what you think someone wants to hear. By keeping a free flowing journal long enough, you will find your core self. This core is what you are, this core is why your alive.
It might take a year, it might take a few months. It all depends upon the effort you put into it, and how honest you are with yourself. Stop running from yourself and face the things that scare you. Even if your terrified, face them head on. You will find your better than you thought you were.
When you know yourself very well, when you find your not a slave to this world; your life will change. You will see through the shallow workings of the mind that is a slave, you will find depth you didn’t know you had.
There is another danger to finding yourself, that would be watching television. The TV is just programming this world wants you to believe, it masks the true nature of life, ourselves, and the world we live in.
Once you learn to block out the things that are false, you can have hope in finding your true self. I challenge you to go a year without watching the TV, make it a goal to read a book, to think to yourself, to spend time with someone else. You will be surprised what you learn about yourself and your true nature.
The next step is to only keep friends that know themselves.
Only keep friends that know themselves well. If you reach the level of self mastery, your friends that are shallow mindless slaves will not understand you. You have to find those who are at the same level, if you can help bring someone else up from where they are; so much the better. Just don’t expect to be able to help everyone. Knowing your friends like you know yourself means that you will have more rewarding relationships. Knowing your friends like you know yourself means that shallow superficial relationships will be fewer and that you won’t seek them in your life.
If everyone knew themselves well, if everyone quit running from themselves in search of being entertained; the world would be a better place. Quit being a mindless slave, and start thinking for yourself.
Getting your friends to join you in this experience is crucial, you don’t want to go there alone. Sometimes you have to go there alone, that doesn’t mean you have to stay there alone. Encourage your friends to rise above this worlds status quo. Your conscious mind is more important than friends, having fun, or getting drunk.
Who Are You?
If more people come to know who they really are, the people that already know will have someone to talk with, to share their lives with, and to heal the hurt, loss, and pain.