Our regular readers will remember that every Friday we start our post by expressing our gratitude to those around us. This week I want to thank several of our readers for their feedback and suggestions about ideas they want to explore. Thanks for the feedback and please keep it coming.
We also had a few email exchanges this week that were very thoughtful. I appreciate all of our readers who took the time to write me this week. Now, if we could only get these dialogs moved to comments on the blog where everyone can participate and benefit…
Our final thank you for the week goes to our new readers. The number of hits on the site went up this week as did our email subscriber count. As always we close with our appreciation to WordPress and FeedBurner for providing the free services that make this possible.
Monday, September 1st is the Labor Day holiday in the United States. I will be taking the day off. The next post will be Tuesday, September 2nd. Have a great weekend.
False self is an “it”
As you have been reading this blog over the last few weeks we have discussed the concepts of true self and false self at great length. If you look carefully, I have always referred to false self as “it”. Today I will discuss the reasons why I use this type of reference.
We identify with false self easily
One of the aspects of false self that was discussed several times recently is the idea that it is created for each lifetime. Every time we reincarnate we create a new false self. Our true self is the source of all of our knowledge and learning. Why should we treat false self as a part of ourselves?
False self is temporary. False self is just a physical tool which we use for a lifetime. We do not take any of our possessions with us when we die. Why should we take our false self?
We have repeated many times that all of our unhappiness, fears, possessiveness, anger, etc. come from false self. Why would true self want to take that with us after we complete the lifetime?
Over the last few weeks we have looked extensively at the reasons why we are so attached to our false self identity. For all those reasons and many more I always attempt to portray false self as something that is external to false self. I always attempt to take away any identification with false self.
False self is external to true self. False self is not “me”. False self is not “us”. False self is an “it”. That “it” is not part of us, true self.
View false self as external
There are some religious and spiritual teachings and practices that do not make this clear distinction about false self. If there is one thing that I hope to get across in the body of my writing it is this:
False self is not part of me – true self. False self is merely an external tool that true self uses during a single lifetime. The more I view false self as external to me the easier I recognize my true self.
It is so easy to think that false self is a part of true self. We have spent several weeks looking at the reasons for this. Everyone else around us views false self as their identity. It is very difficult not to do the same.
The bottom line is our happiness. I have learned that there is nothing more important in this world right now than for all of us to find and understand their true happiness. We began our entire month of discussions on this subject by showing that happiness comes from true self.
The vast majority of the world is looking for their happiness from and within their false self. We have mentioned numerous times that happiness comes internally from true self. If false self is external to true self, how are we ever going to find happiness through false self?
Once again, the more that we can view false self as something which we created this lifetime, the more we will be able to view it as external to true self. The more we can see that the unhappiness, anger, violence, and fears as part of the false self identity the easier it will be to externalize false self.
Have a great weekend
That is all for today, this week, and this month. Once again, we will not be posting on Monday. Our next post will be Tuesday, September 2nd.
Have a great weekend!
Until Tuesday –
Es kava turen hai
We work towards an identical goal.
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