- self 2 - self
that irritates us about
others can lead us to an
must be a place where hopes and dreams are nurtured,
place is only within ourselves. A place to clean the grime of life, a place
waits for us
to stay and look inside that we might see the truth.
lives are a flight from selfhood. Most prefer the
truths of the stable. You stick your head into the stanchions and munch
contentedly until you die. Others use you for their purposes. Not once do you
look outside the stable
to lift your head and be your own creature.
People shy away
from nothing as from a rendezvous with themselves--which makes the
entertainment industry what it is.
us do not like to look inside ourselves for the same
reason we don't like to open a letter that has bad news.
Fulton J. Sheen
many brilliant and gifted people squander
their gifts because they
of self-understanding. When we think we know
the point. When we think
know everything about ourselves,
we show our
and our arrogance. The
of human beings
is that we are
in such a way that we can spend our
lives exploring our
its connection to the universe
as a whole
and still barely
We are a wonder for us to behold.
Anne Wilson Schaef
people's misery is a result of the way that they
the way that other people have told
them they are for so long. What
they don't seem to
realize is that the other people have a very limited
view, a limited way of seeing the world, and when they
anything about themselves, they're bound
very incomplete information.
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Two - Year Three
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within us all there is an amazing inner sanctuary of the soul,
a holy place, a Divine Center, a speaking Voice. . . .
Life from the Center is a life of unhurried peace and power.
It is simple. It is
serene. It is amazing. It is radiant.
go forth to wonder at the height of mountains, the huge waves
the broad flow of the rivers, the extent of the ocean, the
the stars--and forget to wonder at themselves.
have choice. You
joy over despair.
You can select
happiness over tears.
You can select
action over apathy.
growth over stagnation.
You can select
And you can
time that people tell you you're not
of forces greater than
You are, indeed,
the greatest force for you.
often say that this or that person has not yet found him or
But the self is not something that one finds. It
is something one creates.
often hear people say "I have to find myself."
they really mean is "I have to make myself."
an endlessly creative experience,
and we are
making ourselves every
moment by every decision we make.
in the soul, below pain, below all the distraction of life,
vast and grand--an infinite ocean of calm,
which nothing can
nature's own exceeding peace,
which we seek with passionate longing,
here and there, upward
we find at last within ourselves.
owe no one as much as you owe yourself. You owe to
yourself the action
that opens for you the doors to the
goodness, the variety, and the excitement of
success, of battle and victory. Making payment on this
yourself is the exact opposite of selfishness.
You can best pay your debt to
society, that has made you what
you are, by being just yourself with all your
might and as a
matter of course. . . . You fulfill the promise that lies
within you by keeping your promises to yourself.
David Harold Fink
|How can you
develop a self-concept linked to your untapped potential?
First, you can decide on the kind of life you would like to lead in
or fifteen years. This will give you a standard for making
about current activities and will reduce the inclination
to compare yourself
unfavorably to others. Learn to ask,
"How would I handle this situation
were I the person I
hope to become?" And then take action in line with your
If you do not express your own
if you do not listen
to your own being,
you will have
try to understand everything, you will not understand anything. The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand
Were it possible
for us to wait for ourselves to come into the room,
not many of us
would find our hearts breaking into flower
as we heard the door
opinion of people depends less upon what
we see in them than
us see in ourselves.
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mind soars in pursuit of things conceived in space, it
emptiness. But when we dive deep within
experience the fullness of existence.
understanding have lost nothing, if they have--if they
The greatest thing in the world is to know how
to be--to belong to--oneself.
Michel de Montaigne
It is not my business to think about
myself. My business is to
think about God. It is for God to think about me.
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The spirit of
self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual;
exhibited in the lives of many, it constitutes the true vigor
strength. Help from without is often enfeebling in its
but help from within invariably invigorates.
person is the architect of his or her own fortune.
Make it thy
business to know thyself,
which is the most difficult lesson in the
Miguel de Cervantes
most important of all our perceptions is the way we perceive
ourselves. There is a story in Native American folklore
that illustrates this truth very clearly. According to
the legend, an Indian brave came upon an eagle's egg which had
somehow fallen unbroken from an eagle's nest. Unable to
find the nest, the brave put the egg in the nest of a prairie
chicken, where it was hatched by a brooding mother hen.
The fledgling eagle, with its proverbial strong eyes, saw the
world for the first time. Looking at the other prairie
chickens, he did what they did. He crawled and scratched
at the earth, pecked here and there for stray grains and
husks, now and then rising in a flutter a few feet and then
descending again. He accepted and imitated the daily
routine of the earthbound prairie chickens. And he spent
most of his life this way.
Then, as the
story continues, one day an eagle flew over the brood of
prairie chickens. The now-aging eagle, who still thought
he was a prairie chicken, looked up in awed admiration as the
great bird soared through the skies. "What is
that?" he gasped in astonishment. One of the older
prairie chickens replied, "I have seen that one
before. That is the eagle, the proudest, strongest, and
most magnificent of all the birds. But don't you ever
dream that you could be like that. You're like the rest
of us and we are prairie chickens." And so,
shackled by this belief, the eagle lived and died thinking he
was a prairie chicken.
Our lives are
shaped by the way we perceive ourselves. The
all-important attitudes by which we perceive and evaluate
ourselves tell us who we are and describe the appropriate
behavior for such a person. We live and die
|You have to
develop a style that suits you and pursue it,
not just develop a bag
of tricks. Always be yourself.
to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness
of your intuition. . . what you'll discover will be wonderful.
What you'll discover will be yourself.
are something new in this world. Be glad of it.
Make the most of what
nature gave you. In the last analysis, all art is
autobiographical. You can sing
only what you are. You can paint only what you
are. You must be what your
experiences, your environment, and your heredity have made
you. For better
or for worse, you must cultivate your own little
garden. For better or for worse,
you must play your own little instrument in the orchestra of
|Nobody is so miserable as the person who
longs to be somebody and
something other than the person he or she is in body and
self should never be lost sight of. It is the one
thing of supreme importance,
the greatest factor even in the life of the greatest
service. Being always and
necessarily precedes doing; having always and necessarily
precedes giving. But
this law also holds: That when there is the being, it
is all the more increased
by the doing; when there is the having, it is all the more
increased by the giving.
Keeping to oneself dwarfs and stultifies. Hoarding
brings loss: using brings even
greater gain. In brief, the more we are, the more we
can do; the more we have,
the more we can give. The most truly successful, the
most powerful and valuable life,
then, is the life that is first founded upon this great,
immutable law of love and
service, and that then becomes supremely self-centred--supremely
that it may become all the more supremely unself-centred; in
other words, the life
that looks well to self, that there may be the ever greater
in order that there may be the ever greater service.
in yourself, learn, and never stop wanting to build a better
Mary McLeod Bethune
own self is well hidden from one's own self;
of all mines of treasure, one's own is the last to be dug
have everything in you that Buddha has, that Christ
got it all. But only when you start to acknowledge it
is it going to get
interesting. Your problem is you're afraid to
acknowledge your own
beauty. You're too busy holding on to your own
rather be a schnook sitting before some great man.
That fits in more
with who you think you are. Well, enough
already. I sit before you and
I look and I see your beauty, even if you don't.
Whereas I formerly believed it to be my
bounden duty to call other
persons to order, I now admit that I need calling to order
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have deep within you the power to fulfill your highest
your life. To engage this power you must develop a
relationship with yourself. By doing so, you'll tap
into a wealth of
inner strength that will allow you to take the necessary
build confidence and self-esteem. When you learn to
stop hiding your
power and use fear to your advantage, you'll become less
what others want for you and more attached to what you want
yourself. As this shift occurs, you'll naturally begin
to lead a more
authentic and passionate life.
Stand Up for Your Life
Taking on responsibilities that properly belong
to someone else
irresponsibly toward yourself.
to know where you end and someone
to understand boundaries. You
need to know what is and
is not up to you, what is and is not your responsibility.
is for the purpose of contributing.
none of your role models provide the answer, then it
is time to go within and ask yourself, "What
would make me happy?" In other words, let
your feelings guide you. This doesn't work
well if you focus narrowly on your personal
needs. I am not talking about selfishness or
self-interest. When I ask, What will make you
happy?, I mean, What way of loving others feels
right for you? Choose a way of loving that makes you
happy, and your efforts will be play rather than
well-developed sense of self is a necessary if not
of your well-being. Its presence does not guarantee
fulfillment, but its
absence guarantees some measure of anxiety, frustration, or
Self-Esteem Every Day
the world know you as you are, not as you think you
should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing you
will forget the pose, and then where are you?
have to dare to be ourselves, no matter how
frightening or strange that self may prove to be.
are goodness and mercy and compassion and
understanding. You are
peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and
patience, strength and
courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of
sorrow, a healer
in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion.
You are the deepest
wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the
You are these things. And in moments of your life you
known yourself as these things.
Choose now to know yourself as these things always.
Conversations with God
of us are not raised to actively encounter our destiny. We
know that we have one. As children, we are seldom told we
have a place
in life that is uniquely ours alone. Instead, we are
encouraged to believe
that our life should somehow fulfill the expectations of
others, that we will
(or should) find our satisfactions as they have found
theirs. Rather than
being taught to ask ourselves who we are, we are schooled to
We are, in effect, trained to listen to others' versions of
ourselves. We are
brought up in our life as told to us by someone else! When
we survey our
lives, seeking to fulfill our creativity, we often see we
had a dream that went
glimmering because we believed, and those around us
believed, that the
dream was beyond our reach. Many of us would have been, or
might have been, done, tried something, if. . .
If we had known who we really were.
you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too.
It believes exactly what
you tell it—through the words you use to describe
yourself, the actions you take
to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express
yourself. Tell the world
you are a one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience
wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.
Lit From Within
everything that people say to one another is alike; the
exchange are almost always the same, in their
conversation. But inside
all those isolated machines, what hidden recesses, what
compartments! It is an entire world that each one
carries within him
or her, an unknown world that is born and dies in silence!
What solitudes all these human bodies are!
Alfred de Musset