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A great saint once said:“Know thySelf and be free“. Who am I ?
Everybody, including myself. I always feel like a skipping stone on the surface of an enormous lake, touching the surface just briefly and moving on. Only seeing quick flashes without fully grasping anything significant about those I encounter let alone looking below the surface into the depth of their being. I would want to learn so, so much more. Yet I don’t quite know how or if it is even possible to ever break the surface and see what lays beneath, hidden deep within and outside my limited vision that only allows me to see what I want to see, what I was taught to see.
That’s an interesting analogy.
I am feeling thinking is a happening on a single plane. I am drawn to being, a happening on infinite planes. As Peter Gabriel so aptly puts it in his beautiful song, Solisbury Hill:
I did not believe the information
(I) just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom boom boom
“Son, ” he said “Grab your things, I’ve come to take you home”
The grateful me, the forgiving me, the peaceful me, the kind me, the accepting me, the joyful me. I do not know this person well, yet!
I like this… getting to meet one’s ‘higher self.’ What a great idea! 🙂
Everything! But mostly, people’s stories. I like to know how they have dealt with adversity and the things that have inspired and changed them. At this stage of my life, my focus is more about how my head and heart work. I guess what I’m really trying to learn is, how to change.
I’m learning more about Millie Dresselhaus, a wonderful talented physicist whom I had the pleasure of hosting when she came to my university to give a seminar and a meeting with women in science many years ago. I’m reading her biography.
My mom and her story.
My ancestors and their stories and truths, especially but not just the women, as their stories and truths have been largely lost. Knowing the women’s and men’s stories are very much interwoven and one, i guess I want to learn more about the whole stories, beyond gender differences. Oy! 🙂
For me it’s my husband. We will have been married 15 years this year. Over the years he’s shared some stories and insights but he’s uncomfortable with “excavating” his feelings. I don’t want to make him uncomfortable but I would like to have more insights into what’s happening inside his head. We don’t have any problems and it’s not that he doesn’t tell me things, it’s just that I feel as if there’s another layer there. I got us the book 8 Dates, which is a set of prompts for deep conversations on topics that the marriage counselor authors found at the heart of marriage problems in their clients. The first one… well, let’s say the second one went better. Time for the third.
Hmmm, Barb – it sounds like you’re making him uncomfortable..
“Know Thyself” comes to mind. Self awareness grants me the option to grow into the person I was meant to be.
My I CHING’s cast Hexagram covers this question very well!
42 – Forty-Two
I / Expansion
Whirlwinds and Thunder:
When the Superior Person encounters saintly behavior, he adopts it; when he encounters a fault within, he transforms it.
Progress in every endeavor.
You may cross to the far shore.
Get ready to ride a tide of accelerated growth toward self-actualization.
A joyful awareness of the best within you, coupled with an acceptance of your Shadow, will provide a greater repertoire, a much bolder vision, and new depth and clarity that will compel you to expand your horizons.
Embarrassing as it is vulnerable… whether it’s my natural disposition, the affects of two-plus-years of the pandemic, or simply my station in life (thirties, two young kids, wife, and a mortgage) or any combination thereof I hate to say it but I’ve recently realized what I want to learn more of is whatever will ensure the wellbing of my family. That is, I’ve switched from wanting to learn more about that which inspires and fascinates or feed and satiates curiosity and self-actualization to prioritizing the learning of professional skills and abilities. Feels disappointing, but it remains accurate.
Very practical, Mark – you’re in what the yogis called the ‘householder’ stage of life, before the stage when you can go off on spiritual journeys or whatever
My grandparents. All four died before I was born or while I was quite young. And I’d like to know my ancestors who were the first arrive in North America. I know their names but that is all. What made them decide to leave their homes? What sustained them?
And there are the people in everyday life who through their demeanor or allusions to past experience just make me want to know more.
I’ve always been curious about what makes people tick, how they overcome, where they find joy.
I tend to do this somewhat spontaneously, asking questions while someone is with me, googling a name or group, and such. The other day, knowing my son-in-law had worked with someone from Ukraine at his prior workplace, we had a conversation about what that is like for this man. He moved to this country a few years ago and his immediate family became citizens. But most of the man’s family, which is large, still live in Ukraine. I learned a lot with that question … what it is like to live and work there, and what it is like for them right now, with all that is going on. So I ask, and I listen as deeply as possible.
Definitely my mother and my grandmother….although I knew them, I did not really learn alot about their lives. I would love to learn about their lives, their growing up and what family and friends were like, and just life! And other relatives as well. I have always been curious about that. I have all their normal information you get through ancestory.com, but I would love to know other things about them as well. Great question!
I’m focusing more on me. I have learned a lot about myself over the past two years, the reasons why I am who I am. With self healing and acceptance one can then be prepared to focus n others.
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