“Once settled in the inner self, we can expect a great maturity to arise in our actions and behaviour. When this has been achieved; you live poetry, your walking becomes dancing, and your silence becomes music.”
Numerous philosophies speak about overcoming the self or ego as the first step in attaining a higher level of understanding and awakening to the search for the real self. Most people have no idea as to their true nature, or how to find out who they really are. Generally we define ourselves through work, the clothes we wear or cars we drive. Once we have sifted through all the external material trappings, we can then look at the many masks we hide behind or roles we take on. This requires abandoning all things trivial, things that distract and dissipate our energies. Finding out who we are isn’t about total self-absorption and introspection but rather about being conscious, alert and aware. It is impossible to surpass the self if it is not first understood.