Present maybe you have felt anxious if you was required to face a stressful situation, for example interviewing for any job, presenting and public speaking, or a weight date with a prospective new love interest? And just how often, whenever you asked your closest friends or mentors for advice, did they attempt to allay your fears by telling you, “Don’t worry – try to be yourself.”
Probably, friends and family meant:
– You are a good candidate just for this position and therefore are fully qualified for the job;
– You’ve a lot of valuable information to share with you that your audience will appreciate; or
– You might be a fun-loving individual that your date will love. Plus your friends may be completely correct.
But even deeper, the simple advice, “Just be genuine,” contains a nugget of profound wisdom that goes beyond attracting money, fame or love. “Being yourself” is your one and only mission on this planet.
Essentially in a recent newsletter, Take Back Your Power, you had been created in the image of God. Which means you were born to produce. Your life’s mission would be to make use of your inner self and express the wisdom that lies within – that’s, Be genuine.
This is simply not easy. Nowadays, you are continually conditioned to define yourself by a few external, superficial characteristics, just like your: name, age, gender, race, nationality, occupation, religious affiliation, marital status, familial relationship, political party, economic status, educational degree, or other such label.
If everyday language isn’t already limiting enough, there is a whole list of acronyms to help define you: SWF – Single, White, Female or DINKS – Dual Income, No Kids.
Types names or acronyms are inherently limiting. You are a majestic spiritual being experiencing life in the world with a body, mind and heart.
Exactly how do you “Be yourself”?
One self-realized sage, Nisargadatta Maharaj, taught that this 6 ways to learn how to be yourself would be to first recognize what you are not. His teachings are quite obvious, without religious jargon or dogma. He thought that as a way to help anyone, as a way to affect the world, you need to first know whom you are. A lot of his discussions would start out with “Do you understand whom you are?”
People would fumble around trying to answer the issue, less than finding out how to answer.
What he taught is that you simply are outside your body, away from heart, beyond your mind, beyond even consciousness; you are the witness that sees yourself seeing, that perceives yourself perceiving.
You are the apex of the “I”… which leads directly into which team you really are – the Oneness that mystics seek.
Clearly, you’re not some of the superficial things we mentioned earlier. You are not the body. All things considered, who is directing one’s body? You are not how you feel. For who is feeling these emotions? You aren’t your brain. For that’s thinking these thoughts? Nisargadatta taught that endeavors to limit or define yourself lead to conflict. Definitions depending on your own personal memories are needlessly repetitive and limiting. When you know whom you are, you are able to transcend your limitations, in addition to your past, and turn into an authentic Creator. Self-realization is especially the ability on this conditioning, i.e., the mystic’s goal “to know thyself.”
Inside the mystic world, all is One. There’s nothing away from the One. There is certainly exactly the Another thing.
Now, you know that you exist. So you cannot ever not exist.
So, realizing that there’s only the Another thing so you do exist, there’s only one logical conclusion:
The thing is us, whatever exists as us… the knower, the thinker, the perceiver… will be the divine look at many of us.
When we keep contemplating, “Who are we?” we go completely back to first, for the essence, on the innermost self. You have to realize that many of us are normally the one.
When you make use of that innermost self, there is absolutely no stress. There is nothing that is needed. If you act, directed because of your inner voice, you are aligned with your highest purpose and you will automatically do what exactly is best in any circumstance.
This could involve “chopping wood and carrying water,” as the Zen proverb advises. Or eliminating extraneous activities that do not provide spiritual nourishment. The seemingly tumultuous times that we’re entering will encourage lots more people to look within and look for their true purpose in life.
So, as the flawed institutions crumble surrounding you, as more write-ups on serious problems appear daily about the “news,” remember, things are unfolding according to a divine plan. Things are just as it needs to be. You’re a magnificent spiritual being. Tune in to your inner voice and “be yourself.”