Becoming the Real You

Becoming the Real You

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What exactly does it mean “to become?” It is change, of course, activity, movement from one state to another. It is a flower closed that turns and opens to the rays of the sun. It is the metamorphosis of a moth into a brilliant butterfly.

We can’t help but become. We are constantly changing. Do we need to worry and wring our hands about the future, if becoming is continuously occurring, anyway?

If the saying, “Tat Tvam Asi” (Thou Art That), written in the Upanishads is at once true, then what is it I need to become? The whole idea of striving toward an endpoint, ala Teilhard De Chardin, is a mistake, I think. Seeing we are eternal beings, how does eternity infer an endpoint? Development in a linear fashion seems to be very important to Western culture. But what if linearity is a flawed view of things?

I am that, so there is no need for me to be anxious. I am that I am. I am already what I was meant to be. There is no further need for development in the egoistic sense. Jettison the idea that “I” means “ego; it doesn’t in this context. The Real You is the Eternal You.

By making the statement, I am that, I recognize I cannot know the unknowable. I know what I can know, i.e. the knowable. The unknown cannot be known with that which is known. So, if I am to know the unknowable, I cannot know it with my brain.

What can I know? Only that which becomes, i.e. the universe. I cannot be conscious of that which is not conscious.

All that remains is a tremendous sense of tremendous mystery. Live!

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  1. Slight disagreement with you here. Linearity is a pre-condition for all understanding. Insofar as we wish to expand our soul and spirit, we need to expand our understanding of the linear (aka ordered) explanation of ourselves and the world, even if in the “absolute realm” such linearity is but a artificial product of our mind's contingent structure. Only at that theoretical endpoint, which you reject, can the whole be seen outside of the narrative that orders it. Just some food for thought.

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