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Who Are You?
The cartoon character Popeye once sang, “I yam what I yam and I yam what I yam that I yam.” Popeye’s buddy Bluto knew himself so well that he was known to say, “I'm so mean, I had a dream of beatin' myself up. 'Broke my nose, I broke my hand, I wrestled myself to the ground and then, I choked myself to death and broke the choke, and woke up. Aaaarrrrrrgh. I'm mean.”
Bluto seems to know who he is, but who are you? Have you ever gone within to meet you inner demons and angels? We all have them, but few people look within themselves to acknowledge them. Most of us prefer to build a façade that we show to others.
This façade is carefully crafted to reveal only the better parts we see in ourselves. Deep inside, many of us feel that if anyone really knew who we are, they would not want to have anything to do with us. Thus, we deny our character defects to ourselves and others.
We cover over our refusal to go within and examine the parts that make up our psyche with religion, spirituality, rationalization, and denial. What point would it serve to examine ourselves, we ask?
We fear knowing who we really are. And our fears are valid because if we had to acknowledge who we really are, what our faults are, and admit the demons inside us, our carefully crafted façade would begin to crack.
If we discovered the truth about ourselves, we would be forced to change how we think about ourselves. And we would be faced with the decision of whether to remain who we are or to become the person we incarnated to learn to be.
Looking inside ourselves and examining our inner parts means work on our part, but it is the only true pathway to soul realization. It is also the best way for us to begin loving ourselves. Without this close examination, any self-love we may feel for ourselves is only ego-based love.
If our goal is ultimately to become one with God, then we owe it to ourselves to bravely undertake this trip within to see what lies within our psyche. There is no part of oneself that is half as scary as the unknown parts of oneself.
We need to learn to love and accept all parts of ourselves, and this can only be done by learning who we really are. Unless we learn to love and accept ourselves, we will never know the joy of truly loving and accepting others. Nor will we reach our goal of becoming one with God.
Who are you? Are you ready to find out?
May the God of love add a blessing to these humble words.
© 2014 Rev. S. Suzanne Fisher