The Value Of A Great Sense Of Self
Interesting post by Deepak Chopra (see below) where he takes on scientific as well as religious believes about the self.
Yes, many of our behaviors and thoughts come from our chemistry and yes it is the ego that keeps us eternally running in the rat’s wheel.
As I’m not a scientist or a believer – or think it matters for the purpose of discussing the self – I’ll leave that alone.
What I know – and humbly agree with Deepak – is that there is something else. I’m sure of it only because it has had the greatest impact in my own life; it is the self.
As I invest in MY self, the life objective is not so much to fully understand in an intellectual way who am I or the quintessential question what’s my purpose in life. It really is to create a greater sense of harmony – a feeling of well-being.
I know – from personal experience – that a connection with the self can sooth, balance, and comfort. I know, a connection with the self, creates a bond from where we can operate in the world in a more satisfying way. Having a strong knowing connection allows us to be free and to be whom we are without needing to define that and without being fearful.
It doesn’t matter if this self is a combination of things or of nothing. We don’t need to define what it is to bask in its gift as creating a connection with the self gives us a solid footing from where we can calmly deal with life’s ups and downs without following the bouncing ball.
So how do we create this bond? Initially through saving some of our time and energy to just be with ourselves and to listen to our own thoughts. It is called solitude. Once we start appreciating the effects of giving our inner-selves a voice, we will go back to the pond every time for answers and harmony.
Please read on.
Seeking The Self: A Ghost Story
By Deepak Chopra
We are all quite certain that we have a self. When you say “I like chocolate” or “I vote progressive,” no one asks what you mean by “I.” That task was left for centuries to philosophers and theologians. “Know thyself” is an axiom worth heeding, but what is there to know? If one camp of modern science has its way, the answer is “nothing.” The self, we are told, is an illusion created by the complexity of brain functions. As thousands of inputs bombard each other every second, forming an almost infinite tangle of neural messages, a ghost was created whose name is “I.” …Continued