Self As Reality

He who knows others is wise; He who knows himself is enlightened.

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. LAO TZU

 

Lao Tzu makes some interesting points about self enlightenment but who is self?

Isn’t self the picture we have created over the years since we knew we were here, somewhere after our 2nd birthday?

Our surroundings, where we were raised, what others think of us, all go into the picture we develop of who we are.

However, we are interdependent, a part of all that is, & in that sense there is no self.

If that is the case then how do we get beyond our self image?

Self is a box that we create & live within. It is our perception of the world seen from our telescope, self.

To remove the telescope involves removing the box called self.

The universe opens to us when we get out of our box.

Wouldn’t it be scary to float free or is that the entry point to eternity?

The box called self is more restrictive than our other box called body.

Getting out of our body is tough enough, but trying to get beyond self seems almost impossible.

We attach ourselves to image & things. We hold on for dear life. We give value to that which ties us down.

We are far greater than the physical but can we envision the ‘We’?

David

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Are We Connected to Everything

When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you. Lao Tzu

Will people respect us when we act as self?

Is compassion part of this picture?

“Compassion is more fun” says Bob Thurman, is this the key to our happiness?

http://www.ted.com/talks/bob_thurman_says_we_can_be_buddhas.html

What can we do today, that will make the world a better place?

Might it be our salvation?

David

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