People throw around the words: self-expression, but I have never found a person who knows what it means… and if it means what THEY mean.
Most people look how you express yourself not what it is you express…
Meaning: I am letting my hair down… I am loud and obnoxious, I am funny, I am demanding… these are all how expressions.
This article is about “what” not “how”…
What is the Self you express with everything… your life, your job, your relationships, with your music, poetry, and your life.
There are two selves, and the reason life doesn’t work for most of us is because the two selves are not connected in any way.
- Self 1: your genes, your desire to survive and procreate.
- Self 2: your human desire to be higher than just your genes… to live your higher self.
Self in the expression of the higher self, is the evolved self. The self Shakespeare means: To thine own self be true.
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What is the self? This question comes up again and again. Is it the same as the ego? Is it the same as soul? Is it this, is it that?
I have been asking this question as well. We didn’t come to this world to know self, and definitely weren’t allowed to get to know self.
The moment, in the cradle, you discovered that when you smiled adults got excited and gave you more attention, your corruption, the corruption of the untarnished, unspoiled self began.
The personality that you now honor as your self is on the circumference of your being. The circumference is rich in adjectives, adverbs, and poor in being.
You say I am this, and I am that, and I have to maintain this and that… or sometimes you say “being this” or “being that.”
The moment there is a word after the word “being” we are moving away from Self.
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What is the Self? Part 2
So, the question is still: what is the self, the self that you honor when you talk about integrity? Integrity is being true to your self…
What is the self that you esteem in self-esteem. (Esteem means ‘hold in high regard’)
What is the self in self-expression? What is the self that is through and through in authentic self? What is the self that pursues its purpose?
You have no answer, and neither have any real and useful answer the videos on youtube, or philosophical books. What they do is create more confusion, lump the self together with ego, or with consciousness… well, they are all confused puppies, sorry.
So what is MY answer, and why is it more valid than famous people’s “answer”?
Why is it, that wherever you look, there is verbal and real confusion, and no one has an answer.
The question is: is this part of the millennia old effort to reduce humanity to sheep?
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Here is my horoscope for this week…
Enlarge the Self
This may be the best week in a long time to practice the art of crazy wisdom. And what is crazy wisdom? Here’s how novelist Tom Robbins described it to *Shambhala Sun*: It’s “a philosophical worldview that recommends swimming against the tide, cheerfully seizing the short end of the stick, embracing insecurity, honoring paradox, courting the unexpected, celebrating the unfamiliar, shunning orthodoxy, volunteering for tasks nobody else wants or dares to do, and breaking taboos in order to destroy their power. It’s the wisdom of those who turn the tables on despair by lampooning it, and who neither seek authority nor submit to it.” And why should you do any of that weird stuff? Robbins: “To enlarge the soul, light up the brain, and liberate the spirit.”
and here is a video:
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