Day 23 of 29 Days of Spiritual Messages.
The ancient Chinese philosophy of Taoism teaches the principle of Inner Nature. In his book The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff writes:
“Everything has its own Inner Nature. Unlike other forms of life, though, people are easily led away from what’s right for them, because people have Brain, and Brain can be fooled. Inner Nature, when relied on, cannot be fooled. But many people do not look at it or listen to it, and consequently do not understand themselves very much. Having little understanding of themselves, they have little respect for themselves, and are therefore easily influenced by others.”
We each have our own unique attributes. We are “unlike other forms of life.”
We are different.
But we sometimes get in our own way because we have “Brain, and Brain can be fooled.”
As a result, we are easily influenced by others, especially when we have little understanding of ourselves.
We are social creatures. We want to fit in. We want to be accepted, not rejected. But this fear of rejection sometimes causes us to suppress our Inner Nature, or our Authentic Self.
We end up hiding who we are from others; we wear masks to hide our truth. We deny who we are, and we find ourselves being dishonest with others or ourselves because we are afraid to be who we were designed to be.
This is what happens when we choose to define who we are based on others expectations or definitions of who we are. We live from the outside in, from the ego, because we want to please others. We listen to Brain (ego), and the brains of others, rather than our Inner Self.
Our Inner Nature, our Authentic Self, is our link to God. We cannot change who God made us to be. But if we accept this, we can change the ways in which we are not living as our Authentic, True Self. We begin living our lives from the inside out. We can’t change our Inner Nature, nor can we change the Inner Nature of others. However, when we change our perspective, we see ourselves and others in a whole new light.
We are not to be copies of others. We are to be originals because we are originals. And we are to embrace our originality.
We are to listen to who we really are, to what is inside of us, rather than model our lives on social norms because that is what is expected. Sometimes, we get tricked by Brain into assuming that what others want for us is what God expects of us.
Just ask yourself if what others expect of you feels in alignment with who you are inside.
When we accept or agree to something we know is not in alignment with who we are, we feel resignation, not serenity. This allows resentment to sneak into our lives, and if we don’t make the necessary changes, we grow ill at ease, prone to “dis-ease.” This is not true living.
Knowing who you are and having the courage to be, rather than imitating someone else, is essential to fulfilling your purpose.