When we think about ourselves, we have a tendency to bring to mind and consider the personality, the conditioned self, the ego, the identity with likes and dislikes, character flaws, a past and hopes and dreams for the future. And we tend to take this self very seriously, believing it, arguing with it, getting frustrated with it, being upset when we don’t seem to be able to expand beyond it which all serves to affirm and cement it.
If we stopped taking this self seriously and started to take seriously the true self, the innately whole self, the well self, things would change for us, life would feel lighter, less intense and more enjoyable. We would mind less our mistakes and more easily learn from and make up for them. We would find a personality blossoming that is more aligned with who we really are and we would allow ourselves to shine because we would be centred in the knowledge that we are each a unique manifestation of consciousness able to create and experience life from our spiritual truth rather than our material circumstance.
Rather than default to preferences, fears and our conditioning, which we do when we take ourselves seriously as limited beings, when we take our true selves seriously, we start to refer to our inner wisdom for guidance and advice over the ego and the limiting beliefs we have paid attention to for so long. We allow ourselves a pause before giving energy to habitual thoughts or identifying with habitual feelings or taking part in habitual actions because we are interested in living lives that honour who we really are and that serve us in encouraging us to express our innate joy more often.
Once we really start to uncover the Divine consciousness we are born of, lived by and a part of, we struggle to take our limited selves too seriously. We cannot fully invest in claiming that we are lacking, not whole, damaged and we see through the illusion that we need life to be a certain way in order for us to maintain a sense of okayness. We see that we are the essence of okay and, therefore, when the ego tells us we are bad, wrong, right, justified, hurt, angry, we know that deep down we are so much more than any experience based on ideas that we are less than all that is.
And when we take ourselves seriously as being all that is, we flow, we grow, we love and we enjoy life more. We do not want to give our time and energy to what we know to be untrue and we find more and more that who we thought we were is actually opposite to the whole and loving energy that we are. To live under the veil of illusion when we do not know we are shrouded is one thing, to keep it in place when we see what is occurring is another. When we do it is because we are choosing to place our faith in what we know even when it does not help us or others. To enter the unknown we must bare our truth to the world and take what we have uncovered seriously instead of what we have covered it with.
Yet there is no feeling of seriousness when we are living from truth because we have found within a space of peace, health, happiness and wellbeing. This does not mean that we cannot or do not act accordingly and with respect and reverence when we need to, it means that we are led by a more simple and effective state of being.
Taking our limited selves seriously does not lead us to experience and create life in love, hope, health, connection, rather it isolates us, making us feel separate and apart from everything else. It is an experience of taking seriously an identity seeking solace that has no clue where solace lies. When we instead place our faith in our true selves and begin to take seriously the wisdom we hold within, we turn away from the pain and suffering caused when we listen to the ego and towards the peace and wellbeing that exist beneath it. We suffer when we don’t know who we are and pay attention to what turns us away from it. We return home when we understand who we really are and take knowledge of this self more seriously than the illusion.