This blog regularly contains a new article on topics relating to self-knowledge and inner development, in order to crystallize this subject and share it with others. A precipitation and ‘distillation’ of sensitive thoughts and analyses, on the important topic “Who am I, and what am I not?”, and on inner attitudes and processes regarding the teachings of Selfknowledge.today.
“They cannot beat you, but you can lose to them” is one of Johan Cruijff’s famous quotes. What does this statement mean to us in a spiritual sense? And how do we remain fearlessly integral when our ‘system’ is under attack?
The expression, originally from Klaverjas, ‘going set’ means that one loses. I have another explanation for ‘going set’: losing yourself when there is resistance to beliefs, ideas or feelings, i.e. to your perception of the world.
We have a beautiful language from which we can learn something. Take for example the reflexive verb: a spiritual lesson hidden in our language. If a reflexive verb applies, we must ask ourselves (also reflexive): is this useful to me, or am I burdening myself?
“Do not neglect your destiny and always keep an eye on the course of your life, for while you sleep, someone else writes history and gambles with your life.”
This article provides a philosophical interpretation (both political and spiritual) of the famous Greek song ‘To Pepromèno’ (‘Destiny’), sung by Giorgos Dalaras.
‘What is the meaning of life?’ The age-old question that’s hard to answer definitively. Does life have meaning? Or is it the sense of meaning that makes life worth living? Purpose… in this word lies ‘the giving of meaning’. So, it’s an action of giving. It’s also often said that the meaning of life is ‘being happy’. But then… happiness… when do we experience it? And how do we hold onto it?
In the gospels, it’s emphasized that Jesus imparted the “Our Father” to his disciples. Hence, it becomes pivotal to fathom precisely what he conveyed to his pupils through these words. What is the intrinsic meaning of this prayer? Here’s the elucidation from selfknowledge.today
The love relationship you enter into with a partner, for instance in a marriage, could be a spiritual relationship where mutually supporting each other in inner development becomes a vital component. In the dismantling of your personal ego-identifications and conditionings (which are now precisely visible in a long-term relationship), the permanent partner can play a significant role.
If you could ask a fish, “are you aware you live in water?”, it would look at you in confusion. Should you question the fish further, “do you realize you’re wet?”, it would gaze at you, perplexed. A fish is oblivious to the concept of water or being wet. Similarly, humans often overlook their own surroundings and conditions.
People have searched for the Philosopher’s Stone for an eternity. But in a physical sense, this ‘stone’ that would turn lead into gold cannot be found. The metaphor of the Philosopher’s Stone represents an inner process: the transformation from our current state of mind to that of a higher spiritual state.
In spiritual philosophy, the reflective moon stands for our Buddhi: our highest power of discernment, and for this reason is also known as the Gateway to Inner Wisdom.
When unobstructed, it reflects in our mind the dazzling light of Consciousness, just as the moon reflects the dazzling sunlight.
Unfortunately, the truth is that we all have a mental shredder. Unnoticed, we often put many things aside or even resolutely reject them, stemming from a severely limiting mindset about what reality might be.
We have become attached to many things, out of taste, love, and passion, and we love them! Yet, they can prevent us from experiencing true inner freedom. Our inner director will need to discover these attachments, evaluate their worth, and then act upon them: kill your darlings!
Anthropocentrism is a mindset that causes us to determine reality from a limited human-thinking perspective. It obstructs inner freedom.
We often talk about it: focusing our attention. About focusing. Focusing attention, it seems simple. But first, what exactly is attention?
There are those moments: you can’t really be present, you’re not alert, the ‘head’ isn’t working well, and the mood doesn’t improve either. Sound familiar? What’s going on then? Why aren’t we functioning properly even though we’re not sick?
We often hear and read it, and it’s often deemed sensible: “let it go”, “accept it”, “let it be”. But do we really benefit from such advice? Or is something else needed?
The existential essence of every ‘being’ in the universe, living or non-living, is expression. Everything grows and flourishes, one might say, thanks to this expression, whether it’s a flower, a city, a sun, a spiral nebula, or a human. Existence, in a sense, is synonymous with being expressive.
It’s often claimed that thoughts evoke feelings, leading many to see ‘thinking’ as undesirable. Feelings provide us with invaluable information, and our thinking can be functionally deployed to interpret them.
The only free will we actually possess is the desire to let go. In doing so, our inner division decreases and we increasingly move into a state of natural reaction where we experience unity.
It’s essential to understand the aphorism: “Find the third point, and duality dissolves”. Every (apparent) contradiction has a ‘third point’ that nullifies the opposition. Seeing the third point means breaking free from our dualistic perception of it. Seek unity within diversity. Search for consistency within change.
In spiritual circles, a trend is sometimes observable: there’s a need for ‘higher’ matters, for ‘beautiful stories’, for ‘spiritual recognition’, and for being ‘special’ or even ‘chosen’. Also, for supposed promotion of spirituality, there’s often a lot of ‘shopping around’. Precisely these things can obstruct our inner development.
There’s a principle that the Advaita sages have long told us: be fully attentive IN the world, but don’t be OF the world. The outcome is that you become significantly lighter: it’s enlightening.
There are Three Types of Wealth: Causal, Subtle, and Physical. Those who wish to develop internally use these forms of wealth for their growth. In unawareness, people often use their wealth in ways that amplify ignorance and bring about unhappiness.
In Selfknowledge.today, the Sun of Vergina represents the Inner Sun that continuously shines within us, but which, due to circumstances, we are not always aware of. Much inner shadow, caused by various mental and emotional obstacles, dims this light for us.