The second I
Who are you as a person when you are exposed to a challenge or face insurmountable difficulties? Did you meet this person? If so, what did you learn about yourself? Unfortunately, few people discover their true selves until they face extreme hardships and pains. When we go out into the dark; we meet with this other me or what I call the True Self.
I speak from personal experience because I have encountered this another me throughout my life. It happened when I was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness in the late 1990s. The experience I wrote about in my first book moved me to the breaking point. My coping mechanisms, the basics of my being, no longer sustained me. Therefore, when our entire existence collapses in our darkest hour, we must overcome the known self and discover the True Self.
Here’s the idea: we do not know the depth of our inner strength until we are called to use it in difficult situations. This is when we are exposed to the challenge beyond our comfort zone; we will find out who we really are. In difficult conditions, we are forced to go deeper into ourselves and discover the resilience of our spiritual selves. Difficulties reveal our spirit of resilience. Without challenges, life would be relaxed and perhaps monotonous. I do not suggest that we take advantage of the difficulties to seize us, but to help us discover our larger selves. We will learn a lot about ourselves during the challenge and why we must not resist, but rely on how best we know.
Life is about seasons and transitions
To elaborate on this idea: our real strength is not normally noticeable. This is only evident when we are being pushed and pulled to our breaking point. Therefore, we must venture into the abyss of our deeper selves to discover our threshold of pain. This is not an exercise about expanding the level of our pain, but learning to connect with ours another me. The wisdom and power we possess transcends the physical mind-body, and therefore I believe it is the nature of our soul.
what do you think about it? You experienced it another me through tragedy or misfortune? If so, what did you learn about yourself? For example, when I underwent treatment for my life-threatening illness, I discovered aspects of myself that I never knew about. It revealed my inner spirit and connected me to my soul. I’ve been on a journey of awakening ever since. This aspect of ourselves may not be obvious and we can only see it in difficult times. That is why difficulties reveal our true spirit, because it puts us on the path to meeting our Higher Self.
Over the years, I have met countless people who have experienced tragic circumstances, such as a car accident or the loss of loved ones as a result of the tragedy. Each of them talked about meeting this another me and a connection with their soul nature. Our perception of the world and ourselves is changing because we need to build a new model of reality. It reorients us to other worldly dimensions. We awaken inner forces, such as intuition, perception, and other senses that cannot be explained to others.
To put it another way, your real strength lies in your belief in overcoming problems. For example, if you think you can’t overcome difficulties, you will resist them and you will feel helpless. You may withdraw in despair because you are afraid of what might happen. But life is about duality and contrast; inhabit the darkness, resist the storms and enjoy the good times. Life is about seasons and transitions. These are internal transformations that lead to external changes. Life is cyclical, where hard times recede to give way to a new beginning. Are you happy with these ideas yet? I hope you are beginning to feel that you will not discover the real “You” when life goes smoothly, but when you get out of your comfort zone.
Make your way to yourself
So I ask you: what do you decide to believe in yourself? What experiences have shaped these beliefs? Are you willing to see each other differently? Only you will know the answers to these questions when you set out on a journey. This is why I teach my clients to embark on self-research to discover their larger selves. Exercise is not a spiritual practice that involves lighting candles, singing ohms, or sitting in meditation. It’s more practical. It involves sitting with you every day, the first morning or the last evening, and writing down what comes to mind. It’s about putting your innermost thoughts on paper and discovering key insights about yourself. How do you react in difficult times? What lessons still appear in your life? What are your weaknesses and how do you respond to them? What are you avoiding and why? This is what wants to awaken self-questioning in us; of our true nature as spiritual beings.
With this in mind, I invite you to read this article again and answer the questions I have asked you in your diary. They are purposefully designed to help you carry out self-surveying. I realize that this may sound like a homework assignment, especially if you are not writing a diary, but it will help you discover yourself on a deeper level. We learn about ourselves through self-examination and through our relationships with others. If we repeat the same lessons, we will not grow, but we will remain stuck in a cycle of helplessness. You will overcome your difficulties when you can see your challenges from the soul level. After all, you don’t know who you really are until you are called to use your true power. The source of this power can only be found by connecting with our larger selves in times of difficulty.