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Thursday, January 31, 2008

#362 Be True To Yourself - The Messiah's Handbook

Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself.

Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a fake messiah.

If memory
serves me right, Shakespeare made a similar statement. Something to the effect of, "To thine own self be true." Either way, it is a very powerful message. Take some time to mull it over. Bach's variation adds a little more depth to it.

Being true to myself means paying attention to the messages my intuition sends to me. Be willing to serve others and truly care about them. To do this with any authenticity it is important to learn to serve and care about yourself. From self-respect comes the natural, easily expressed respect for others. Tied to this is the ability to love, which also begins with a love of self. Not the false self that is many times presented to the world, but the inner self that is truly caring. One's willingness to be of service to others is an indication of one's passage on life's journey to self-fulfillment.

When one is true to oneself it is impossible to be hurtful to others. Trying to be true to someone else can only lead one down the path of disappointment.

The lesson is one of self-observance, not only of behavior, but of feelings about that behavior. The best guidance one can have comes from deep within the psyche. It is that inner guide who will let you know when you may be straying from the path of good works. If one is a religious person, one can lean on the teachings of that religion. However, there are many pitfalls there. There are many who have kidnapped the religion for there own purposes of power and self-aggrandizement.

It is easy to try to be true to some symbol of a higher spirit. That will only lead to being less in touch with the authentic self. Perhaps that higher spirit is within.

Just some random thoughts.

Thanks to Richard Bach, Illusions, Delacorte Press, 1977.

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