When you’re a baby, you’re the entire universe –
And there’s nothing else that matters but you.
You’re given a beautiful mother
Who takes care of all your needs –
So you never forget her face.
Then, slowly, surely, everything starts coming into focus
Until the day you’re finally able to see yourself –
Along with all your limitations.
The surprising pain associated with becoming aware of those limitations
Leads to constructing a fantasy “self”
That you can almost believe in –
A splendid “ego” useful for dressing up your more primitive, negligible self –
Someone capable of surviving and succeeding in this world.
Eventually, you become a “real” puppet – like Pinocchio –
Who can “pass” –
Manipulating the world from behind a curtain –
While it’s only in bad dreams you realize the rest of the world
Is the same as you –
You exist through an unreal “person” or “persona” –
Unaware of having an alternative, even if asked.
Entire religions are built around the existence of a few chosen people
Courageous enough or insane enough to become their “true selves.”
But established religions never explain it that way –
Instead, they say such people are “gods” or “super-beings” –
And that if you’re willing to turn yourself over to them, they’ll protect you –
Most especially, after you die –
And then you’ll be able to “live forever” – whatever that means.
Gurus and other hotshot spiritual hustlers
Ask who “you” are –
Knowing you’ll have no answer –
And that you’d have to “die” to obtain one – and there’s no chance of that ever happening!
Actually, it’s quite simple –
There are no religions or spiritual “masters” available to help you –
There’s only you.
To discover your “true self” you’ll need to give up everything
You are, have, and want to be –
And be willing to be your naked self – and then look at that!
Then drop that, and keep dropping all the that’s which subsequently appear –
Until there’s nothing left
Nothing, at all –
When you discover the magic of being “born again,” as Jesus recommended –
Even then, you’ll need to be very careful not to let this new state of being
Develop into a more advanced kind of Ego.
This is why humbleness comes first –
True humility –
Someone used to being overlooked.
Then, when you finally start breathing freely again –
When you can “see” actual reality,
Including, most importantly, the reality of “yourself.”
That’s when God will suddenly appear and say:
“Good job, little one,”
“Welcome to the Kingdom!”