Words of Wisdom From Others: The difference between your true self and your everyday self

imagesThe co-founder of the Chopra  Foundation and author of Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest  Challenges shows us how to be our best, most aware selves.

It’s important to be yourself. We’re all told that,  and it’s true—we know the damage done by being false to ourselves and to others.  But I’d like to suggest that to “be yourself” goes much deeper. Most people  don’t know how much wisdom and power resides in the self, which is not the  everyday self that gets mixed up with all the business of life, but a deeper  self, which I call, for simplicity’s sake, the true self.
The true self  isn’t a familiar term to most people, although it is close to what religion  calls your soul, the purest part of yourself. But religion depends upon faith,  and that’s not the issue here. You can actually test if you have such a true  self. How? You know that sugar is sweet because you can taste it. Likewise, the  true self has certain qualities that belong to it the way sweetness belongs to  sugar. If you can experience these qualities, repeat them, learn to cultivate  them and finally make them a natural part of yourself, the true self has come to  life.
The trick is distinguishing what is your true self and what is not.  If we had a switch that could turn off the everyday self and turn on the true  self, matters would be much simpler. But human nature is divided. There are  moments when you feel secure, accepted, peaceful and certain. At those moments,  you are experiencing the true self. At other moments, you experience the  opposite, and then you are in the grip of the everyday self, or the ego-self.  The trouble is that both sides are convincing. When you feel overwhelmed by  stress, crisis, doubts and insecurity, the true self might as well not exist.  You are experiencing a different reality colored by the state of your mind.
At those dark, tough moments, try to get some outside perspective about  what is happening. The qualities of the everyday self and the true self are  actually very different:
1. The true self is certain and clear about  things. The everyday self gets influenced by countless outside influences,  leading to confusion.
2. The true self is stable. The everyday  self shifts constantly.
3. The true self is driven by a deep sense of  truth. The everyday self is driven by the ego, the unending demands of “I,  me, mine.”
4. The true self is at peace. The everyday self is  easily agitated and disturbed.
5. The true self is love. The  everyday self, lacking love, seeks it from outside sources.

Read more: http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/Deepak-Chopra-The-Difference-Between-the-True-Self-and-Everyday-Self#ixzz2NFXta3CJ

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