“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”–Aristotle.
This beautiful quote is still so powerful, over 2,000 years later. But isn’t it interesting that despite all of that time, we are still none the wiser!
You don’t understand yourself, because you haven’t looked inside of yourself enough to know who you truly are – who your true self is.
Your whole mind is made up of all the experiences of the past that you have stored in there, built on top of all the experiences of your ancestors past, stored up in there.
When you go to a therapist, a psychologist, or a psychotherapist they try to dig down into your mind to help you see yourself at the core of who you are, behind the layers of the conditioning in your mind – that programming from your experiences.
Therefore, I believe the problem is because we spend too much time looking outside of ourselves rather than looking inside of ourselves.
I’m not saying that exploring and discovering out there isn’t important – I think it is, but nowhere near enough people do any meaningful self reflection.
I think the first thing we need to do is break out of that robotic programming of our mind of the past, and see who you really are inside of you, and from there, you can know and explore and discover.
You’ll know what your talents and abilities are, and you’ll be able to enjoy life fulfilling your fundemental place in the universe.
I think knowing who you are not is the beginning of that wisdom Aristotle was talking about – self reflection meditation where you discard your mind is the key here!
Then you can truly know who you are – your true self!