The ‘yourself’ he was talking about was the many integrated or not integrated ‘selves’ that we all have?
Do you ever stop to think how people experience ‘you’ on your public stage everyday?
Do you ever stop to think how you experience ‘you’ on your private stage everyday?
How many ‘selves’ do you have in your life story that live your life on your behalf from your birth to now?
What emotion are you demonstrating to-day by your presence, mood, physical and voice expression? What vibrational energy are you radiating? Are you conscious of it and how it affects those around you? Who are you being and are you in harmony with who you believe you are and want to be?
Which self is the one you know best? Why is that? When did that self start its performance? What about the other ‘selves’ that are back stage waiting for their time on the public and private stage? Do they ever get a chance to perform, take part in your life, or is there a very controlled editorial board in operation? Who are we being in every moment? How many selves are on stage and who is directing them? Close your eyes and imagine what is going on in the theater of your own mind right now!
Here is how one man and one poet expressed his selves:
‘We Are Many’
Of the many men whom I am, whom we are,
I cannot settle on a single one.
They are lost to me under the cover of clothing
They have departed for another city.
When everything seems to be set
to show me off as a man of intelligence,
the fool I keep concealed on my person
takes over my talk and occupies my mouth.
On other occasions, I am dozing in the midst
of people of some distinction,
and when I summon my courageous self,
a coward completely unknown to me
swaddles my poor skeleton
in a thousand tiny reservations.
When a stately home bursts into flames,
instead of the fireman I summon,
an arsonist bursts on the scene,
and he is I. There is nothing I can do.
What must I do to distinguish myself?
How can I put myself together?
All the books I read
lionize dazzling hero figures,
brimming with self-assurance.
I die with envy of them;
and, in films where bullets fly on the wind,
I am left in envy of the cowboys,
left admiring even the horses.
But when I call upon my DASHING BEING,
out comes the same OLD LAZY SELF,
and so I never know just WHO I AM,
nor how many I am, nor WHO WE WILL BE BEING.
I would like to be able to touch a bell
and call up my real self, the truly me,
because if I really need my proper self,
I must not allow myself to disappear.
While I am writing, I am far away;
and when I come back, I have already left.
I should like to see if the same thing happens
to other people as it does to me,
to see if as many people are as I am,
and if they seem the same way to themselves.
When this problem has been thoroughly explored,
I am going to school myself so well in things
that, when I try to explain my problems,
I shall speak, not of self, but of geography.
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‘If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.’ Maya Angelou
Things don’t change. You change your way of looking, that’s all.’ Carlos Castaneda
‘You must be the change you wish to see in the world.’ Mahatma Gandhi
‘You don’t get creative by staying in the same place.’ Andy Law
‘It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable—he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated.’ Leo Tolstoy
‘Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.’ Helen Keller