The Issue of Knowing Oneself

If someone were to ask me what I spent most of my life doing, I would say: getting to know myself. I have witnessed those who took self-knowledge lightly and therefore faltered numerous times on the path toward happiness. I also saw those who reached the virtue of self-knowledge through self-interest, and therefore embraced mirth fully. For every individual, countless emotions such as joy, excitement, peace, anger, offense, and fatigue arise due to different reasons. While the latest technology might strike your interest, for me, it’s a venue filled to the rafters with books. A social life dynamic, which you perceive as healthy, could well seem very tiring to me. The real issue is the ability to analyze these situations. If we’re able to make lists under numerous headings, such as what excites us, what brings us pleasure, or what we have difficulty accepting, then we’re able to witness how life becomes simpler and simultaneously richer.

As mentioned in my post from last week, one of the most effective methods toward self-knowledge is writing. Of course, you don’t have to be a master at choosing the perfect words in order to write. The will to make writing a habit is sufficient, as well as shedding the fear of seeing things on paper (exposing them). Julian Cameron’s famous Morning Pages are based on the powerful effect of writing out emotions in regards to leading a happier and more productive life.

You may think that you dislike expressing your emotions as words or that you’re incapable of doing so. Force yourself just a little. You’ll see that when you look upon the blank page, all the inspiring thoughts that have been hiding in the avenues of your cranium will begin to emerge. After that, you can rip or burn away the pages if you want, for the aim of having put pen to paper has already been accomplished. Benefit from this particular magic.



Translated by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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