17 Oct Self Knowledge #5
Getting to know you. This is going to be a healthy exercise because you are going to learn a lot about yourself. In turn, it will help you make adjustments on all levels that will improve your health, on all levels. Remember the Teaching “what is within will manifest without.”
Here’s what to do – on a blank sheet of paper, in the left-hand column write down every role you can think of for your gender. Examples are: for men, they are sons, brothers, cousins, nephews, boyfriends, uncles, and dads; for women, the same roles according to your gender.
Next to each write what you think your role is. How you are as a …? Don’t be shy. Be honest. It may be hard but in the end it will be worth it for many good reasons. One of which will be that you will have a deeper understanding of who you are and what your reactions might be in given situations. In turn that will help you in gaining control over your emotional responses. It is the emotional responses that cause the most amount and lasting damage to the Self.
Here are the Teachings that relate to the above. Starting with the oldest Teaching and moving forward in time: Lao Tzu said: “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” This was followed by Buddha, who said: “All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.”
Socrates said: “The unexamined life is not worth living.” His student, Plato, said: “For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.” This was followed by Plato’s student, Aristotle, who said: “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.”
Our Teacher/Master for this spiritual age is Jesus, who attained Christ Consciousness and mastered death, the exit of the material plane as we know it.
It is necessary for each soul to master death and exit the material plane with personal power. This will allow for the next levels of understanding and mastery.
According to science speculations there are multiple dimensions and realities. Jesus taught the same thing 2000 years ago, when he said “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
In this Teaching, we understand that ‘mansions’ are different dimensions of reality.
In terms of going within, the most thorough Teaching is found in the Thomas Gospel. Here it is: Jesus said: “He who seeks, let him not cease seeking until he finds; and when he finds he will be troubled, and if he is troubled, he will be amazed, and he will reign over the All.”
Ponder this Teaching and think about what it might mean to and for you. In the next communication, we will examine it in depth.