Most of the outer labels of our identity place us in boxes or categories relative to other people. We might identify ourselves by race, gender, religion, political views, occupation, & so on. Many of those labels were given to us by birth or circumstance & all of them inform our point of view. But none of them are who we are — they are simply categories of relative identification & the preferences of our egos.
The more we live on the surface of our identity, the less we are in touch with our deeper self. The problem is that the more we look outside of ourselves to create a sense of self, the farther off track we go. How can we know who we truly are when we spend our time & attention trying to be something other than what we find ourselves to be? No amount of changing ourselves for the purpose of being perceived as cool or fashionable or getting the approval of others is going to bring us any closer to really knowing ourselves.
So what is our identity once we shed these archetypes of ego? Our authenticity cannot be distilled down into a finite number of descriptive phrases. it is much easier to identify what it is not & strip those pieces away. What is left is the truth of what we are. At its basic level, authentic self is happy & at peace w/the world. Many different words could describe it: genuine, peaceful, or self-realized. It is not the label that’s important, but rather the state of emotion, perspective, & CALMNESS OF THE MIND. when you strip away the false identities that constitute our self-important ego characters, an attribute that grows is humility, a kind of non-self-image. simply put, humility isn’t something you gain or achieve, it is what remains after you strip away the layers of the ego, false identities & false beliefs. How quiet is your mind? Do you react emotionally b/c your ego is tugging at your attention? what kind of energy you bringing? #WuWisdom •
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