"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself." ~Maya Angelou

 

What is the Self?

For many world religions, philosophers, poets and scientists alike, The Self is a complex subject of interest that is difficult to name and even harder to describe. However, no matter how we try to define it, the notion of Self transcends words and equations and therefore remains best understood in experiential terms. What we were a moment ago and what we will be a day from now are projections of what we are now (N.otice O.ne's W.herabouts). To Self Define-Self-Design we must first understand the different elements of our personal profile from a here and now perspective.

Cast as nineteen different characters and depicted in four fundamental stories (The Core Story, The Inner Story, The Outer Story and The Limbo Story), Curriculum Aum describes The Essential Self as a phenomenological integration of S.upremely E.levated L.ife F.orce. The Essential Self is the realization of our true nature. But more importantly, how do you experience the Essential Self? Peruse these masterful musings to inspire reflection. Take a moment to notice what it feels like to be yourSelf ...

Be that self which one truly is (Soren Kierkegaard) for, if I am not for myself, who will be for me? And when I am for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? (Hillel the Elder)  Conversely true, however: When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. (Lao Tzu) Perhaps the curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. (Carl Rogers) Makes sense if we believe: We are what we believe we are. (CS Lewis) If knowledge of the self is the mother of all knowledge (Khalil Gibran) then it's true, we are what we think (Buddha). So, to thine own self (& thoughts) be true (William Shakespeare) for faith in oneself is the best and safest course & genius is eternal patience (Michelangelo). In this light: the world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. (Swami Vivekananda) Essentially, be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies. Practice this simple truth: Peace begins with a smile. (Mother Teresa). An inner smile works too, fully knowing: We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves. (Thomas Merton) Ultimately, Remember: no matter where you go, there you are. (Confucius)