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Model of Your Real Self

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Self As the Container, Not the Contents

  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

“He gave me a bowl, and I saw the soul has this shape.” —Rumi

“Our mind is like a clear glass of water. If you put salt into the water, it becomes salt water; sugar it becomes sugar water; shit it becomes shit water. But originally the water is clear. No thinking, no mind. No mind, no problem.” —Seung Sahn

“To be poured into without becoming full, and to pour out without becoming empty, without knowing how this is brought about–this is the case of ‘Containing the Light’.” —Chung Tzu

“This being human is a guest house.” —Rumi

Find Vessel

  • Find your true self as the inner vessel: container or host.
  • When finally the vessel again, find your inner vessel as absolutely empty, weak, meek, and in need of God.

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  • Ego will help you to recognize, remove, and replace your ego: a.k.a. self-esteem.

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Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” —Genesis 2:7

“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” —Hebrews 3:6

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” —Corinthians 4:7

“Do not wish to be anything but what you are.” —Saint Francis de Sales

“Effort is the very essence of the self.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change?, p. 40

“If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.” —II Timothy 2:21

“Just as the river where I step is not the same, and is, so I am as I am not.” —Heraclitus, Fragments

“Man is never so authentically himself as when at play.” —Friedrich von Schiller, 1759-1805

“Nobody is so miserable as he who longs to be somebody other than the person he is.” —Angelo Patri

“That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;” —I Thessalonians 4:4

“That’s why I said as long as identification exists I can’t find the answer.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change?, p. 61

“The highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is.” —John L. Spalding

“The key is nonidentification with sensation. … Identification with sensation makes the self.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change?, p. 47

“The process of identification is the essence of the self.” —J. Krishnamurti, Can Humanity Change?, p. 34

“There is always a certain peace in being what one is, in being that completely.” —Ugo Betti

“We are sort of a mirror, and mirror only inside us, in our nervous system, what is going on outside of our nervous system.” —Alfred Korzybski

“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” —Genesis 9:6

“Why are you more concerned with the place and space where you live outside than inside?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You never exist quite so much as when you are not thinking.” —Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher