Self awareness is the first spirit. The first sphere or plane of existence. Signs of self are always two, one dream, one nightmare. Those two facets, the vivid and the darkened, are on the same level. Self awareness is returning to the middle way. Continuing to recognize despite the vastness of it all that you are still present and able to choose.
Self is life. It’s why we are concerned with life, but how do we lose self awareness? How do we become creatures of our experience only? How do we fall asleep? If you seek truth, if you desire wisdom above all else, this is life. Heed your beating heart, listen to the whispers of your breath, and remember that you stand upon the earth.
“We’re constantly being told what other people think we are, and that’s why it is so important to know yourself.” Sarah McLachlan (Canadian Singer and Songwriter, b.1968)
“One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life, and there is nothing better.” Blaise Pascal (French Mathematician, Philosopher and Physicist, 1623-1662)
“Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control – these three alone lead to power” Alfred, Lord Tennyson (English poet often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry, 1809-1892)
The Axis Mundi is the central pillar upon which all awareness, all being, is founded. It is composed of the lower, middle, upper and transcendent selves. This is the mythical world tree. This is Mount Olympus. All of these symbols are this one singular axis. It is a progression of development starting and ending with the transcendent self. Each stage is representative of a greater awareness of the transcendent self as both object and perceiver. The purpose of the stages is to come to know the full compass or the sum of all possibilities, because the transcendent self is infinite.… Seek More
Signs of self. First, we must clarify how one can be aware of self. Self awareness is not the same as thinking. The thinking will go on all by its own, a chain of cause and effect, stimulus and response. Where is the self in this? I’d say nowhere. If it was, people wouldn’t have the question of who am I. Senses and thinking don’t seem to fit that need. And there is a reason. A reality behind that. You have self awareness to the degree that you can distinguish yourself from the objects of your awareness. As it’s sometimes… Seek More
Self awareness is the perception of the factor of your presence in life beyond circumstances. It’s what makes you believe you are capable of self determined action whether you actually practice that or not. Some people believe that people in general never change. This is in my experience thoughtlessly misguided. People change like dust being blown on the wind. Every little stimuli, every little drama, does “something” to them, and they think they lose self when one of their circumstances changes though they took no thought for the balance of factors that allowed that circumstance to arise, or that would… Seek More
I am a media junky. I take in information from my senses voraciously. But I realize that the senses are limited which means I feel under no constraint to confine my thinking to the senses, or if you prefer the sensible. I manage my emotions like the energy resource they are with the exception that my body does from time to time enter states of trauma that others might call distress. This makes the emotional energy short circuit, and I have to take extraordinary steps to balance it out again. Sometimes I delay. I have to admit I get frustrated… Seek More
Your self is visibly reflected in the world sort of like a glow. It makes all sensory experience in that moment of self awareness seem much more intense, more vivid, and more instinctive. There are objects of self awareness, natural affinity. These fall into what some might call the cosmic or spiritual domain, and often do have physical counterparts. When people say they see life as more vivid with color, they are closer to their sense of self? No. They are closer to self awareness. The sense of self is a psychological construct like clothing. Clothing does not make the… Seek More
Not all events in your life are illuminated or darkened. Not every experience is a sign of self. There is a third point of self awareness. In cabalism, it’s referred to as the middle pillar, but this middle pillar is the true self. The first shell of the true self is an expansive feeling, as of being a living sky. It is symbolically linked to the moon, and it’s a huge barrier. How so? We get there and stop, because people get caught up in it? They get mystified. They come to the realization that the darkness is everything, or… Seek More
Self awareness. What is it? How do we know something is self aware? It is our natural state. It is? Take notice of self, look at it, feel it. Can you take notice of something that cannot be defined apart from other things? Yes. Interesting. How so? You have already given it definition by noticing it even though it is attached. Attached is a perception. If science is to be believed, literally nothing is attached in any real way. Atoms are mostly empty space. Hmmm… Have you ever misplaced your keys? How was it you came to misplace your keys?… Seek More
How is self motivation possible? Being moved to act, being inspired, or moving on our own of our own volition? It is embedded in becoming. Indeed, and what is aware of becoming? What event is becoming? Awareness doesn’t become, just life is becoming. One cannot become aware? It is my perception that I become aware of things on a daily basis. But self, does it change? Memory? All awareness is memory, even memory of the future. And the now? Now is not memory. The now is unseen, so of course no memory. What can be aware of the now? What… Seek More
What does it mean to master something? To be able to do the task with out much thought. To do it well consistently. To have control, knowledge. Why don’t we have mastery of everything? Because things change and grow. We change and grow. We’re easily distracted. Only so much that we can focus on. Innate talents and things we have trouble with. All of these are true. Can you master something that has no rules? You could master it by creating your own rules. I suppose easily since you can make the rules up. Can you make rules without experience?… Seek More
Real is having evident existence. Are you real? I believe I am. How do we know that we are real? If you had no limitations, how would you know you are real? Evidence such as others having experience of me? Having the drive to protect your existence? I think I’m real because I think about myself. Metacognition. Descartes said because we think. Something is there doing the thinking even if we are deluded about everything else. We are evident to ourselves only through ourselves, but we also experience ourselves as an object of our experience. How is this possible? If I… Seek More