Do you know who you are?
None of us would ever think of getting into a late-model Ferrari without being given a few basic instructions on how to get the most out of it, enjoy the ride, and avoid loading it up or dying in the attempt. As it turns out, we have in our hands a much more precise, powerful and valuable creation, which we learn to manage by trial and error, without instructions and sometimes with a lot of suffering: ourselves.
The first time I heard that human beings used 5% of our mental capacity and that 95% of our decisions were made by the unconscious, I froze, what a potential for improvement! It seems that we tend to go on autopilot and without having verified if the «software that is loaded» (my beliefs), is useful or not for the destination we want to go to.
Life has taught me that we have two paths to transform ourselves, that of suffering or that of conscious commitment to self-knowledge. The more we know ourselves and muscle our inner resources, the better prepared we will be for life’s difficult trials.
Self-knowledge is an ongoing process of becoming aware of who we really are, how we function and, by analogy, how the rest of the human beings with whom we share planet earth function. Self-knowledge leads us to honor our individuality and respect the individuality of the other, while connecting with the unity that we all are. It is the most important task we have as human beings in this school of life. From this process of self-knowledge will depend on our ability to get the most out of our particular «Ferrari».
In the Oracle of Delphi in ancient Greece, when someone approached him for a consultation, he first had to read:
«I warn you, whoever you may be, who wish to probe the arcana of nature, that, if you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither will you be able to find it outside. If you are ignorant of the excellencies of your own house, how can you pretend to find other excellencies? In you is hidden the Treasury of Treasures. Man, know thyself and you will know the universe and the gods».
Lao Tzu said: «He who knows the exterior, is learned. He who knows himself is wise. He who conquers others is powerful. He who conquers himself is invincible».