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Tension is who you think you should be.
Relaxation is who you are.
(Chinese proverb)

James Hollis says your chief obstacle is who you’ve become... We become very attached to who we think we are, we don’t want that to change because if it doesn’t change we feel safer and more secure... but I would dare say who you really are is an ever-expanding expression of life. (JP Sears, 4m27s, posted 15 October 2014, accessed 13 October 2017)

So, what I can put into words, a little bit at least, is who I’m not. Who I am, being myself, I believe is an expression of life I’ll never be able to put into words. At best, I will feel a connection to this. So, when you or I go out with our friends, we go in our social circles, and we say, “you know what, I just want to be myself”, just know that the insecurity of not knowing who yourself is, I believe keeps your mind and heart open to deeper and deeper intimate discoveries about who you are. (JP Sears, 9m30s, posted 15 October 2014, accessed 13 October 2017)

There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That’s the end. That’s when the coffin is closed. You might be deteriorating physically in the long process of aging, but your personal process of daily discovery is ongoing. You continue to learn more and more about yourself every day. (Bruce Lee cited here, accessed 19 November 2013)

It's not about knowing your enemy - it's all about knowing yourself.
(The Nameless Monk, Bulletproof Monk movie)

Knowing others means you’re wise. Knowing yourself means you’re enlightened.
(The Nameless Monk, Bulletproof Monk movie)

I searched for myself and found only God; I searched for God and found only Myself. (Rumi)

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The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. (Joseph Campbell)

To be nobody but yourself - in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. (E.E. Cummings)

It is really difficult for human beings to truly know themselves – they represent such an immense and diverse world. Having been made in God's image, humans are found throughout Creation. And because they are unaware of this, their life is very difficult. Particularly when they clash with others and bump things without knowing that these other people are part of them and that they are part of others. This truth is the basis of moral code. All laws about respect and love of one's neighbour are based on the fact that what people do to others, they also do to themselves. (O.M. Aïvanhov)

God is within and without. And the same is true of our higher self; it lives in the sublime regions and also lives within us. But how can we feel the presence of this divine entity which is all-light, all-love and all-powerful? It is difficult, of course, but we must first look within ourselves for signs of that presence, knowing that it is our true self. It has been said, ‘Know thyself.’ If a person truly wants to know themself, they have to know themselves up above, in the divine world. Until they are aware of their existence up above as a particle of the Deity, they will not know themselves. To know oneself means to have found oneself by having found God. By finding God, one finds love, light, freedom, joy – and not only does one find these within oneself but also within all human beings and also in animals, plants and stones. When a person finds God within themself, they discover him everywhere, and this is truly to ‘Know thyself.’ (O.M. Aïvanhov)

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A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. (Albert Einstein)

We are slowed down sound and light waves, a walking bundle of frequencies tuned into the cosmos. We are souls dressed up in sacred biochemical garments and our bodies are the instruments through which our souls play their music. (Albert Einstein)

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Mirabai Devi (from her book Samadhi):-
  • Be in the play, and act the part, while remaining awake, knowing that I am not the play, nor the part. [p.17]
  • All you have to do is let go. Everything has always been there for you. The universe is taking care of you. You are love. You are everything. Drop the false self, and trust the process of life. [p.9]
  • The highest reality is the Divine light. When you surrender and let go, the Light comes into you, because the Light is you. [p.19]
  • On How You Treat Others There is nobody else but you. You are everybody. Therefore, how you treat anybody is how you treat yourself. Anything you do to somebody else, you are doing to yourself. [p.37]
  • God feels compassion for your pain and wants to take your pain. Your pain does not belong with you; it belongs with God. It has to be offered back and surrendered up. All that then remains is your Divine nature, which is pure love, compassion and kindness. [p.76]

Also see:-

Who Am I?

Animal, Human and Angel

Maps of Consciousness

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