At the core of my work with clients is to help them transform their attitude towards life and to reorient their identity. This new attitude and reorientation work is referred to as self knowing (Know thyself) which is the cornerstone of Universal Timeless Wisdom. Universal because it is not local or cultural, and timeless because there will never be a time that this truth goes out of fashion and won’t be applicable. Such work, if done in an open and open-ended manner leads to uncovering and living one’s unique life purpose; which means actualising one’s potentials in a meaningful and fulfilling way. But what is this self that one must know?
Each person has only one self but there are two aspects to our nature and therefore two orientations to knowing ourselves: the social self and the essential self. It is a matter of who we take ourselves to be, which aspect of our nature we identify with more; our social self or our essential self. It means to recognise how our life is driven by our social self and reorient ourselves to be gradually guided by our essential self. We will then operate in the world with our physical capacities and personal characteristics guided by our essential or true self.
In the words of Rumi, this means recognising yourself as the jewel mine that you are:
Even though spellbound by this world,
in your inner sense you are a jewel mine.
Open your inner eye;
return to your origin, to your essential self. ~Rumi