posted on Jan, 17 2014 @ 01:19 PM
reply to post by almostrambo
This is a metaphysical concept that occurs often in eastern religion philosophy, particularly Taoism and Buddhism.
The point of the message is that the "you" you take as yourself--that bundle of habits and predilections and preferences--don't exist.
There is no one fixed "you." There's only the you that you choose to be. Each decision is a choice to move towards a higher or lower state of
existence, to embrace a state of mind that transcends emotions and animal instincts or rises above them to manifest the broader perspective of your
Think about it: when a thought comes into your head that you're hungry, must you act upon it? Do you have to go eat, or do you have the choice to
simply ignore it and go about your business?
Of course you have that choice. And you have the same option to disregard any thought that comes into your head. Instead of blindly following old
habits and instincts, you can reprogram yourself with new and better traits.
People always look up to religious icons like Jesus and Buddha and Lao Tzu, never bothering to realize that by acting as did these great individuals,
they themselves can strive ceaselessly to reprogram their minds in the image of that greatness.
Religious leaders like this aren't icons to be venerated. They're blueprints to be followed.
"Who do you want to be?" is the choice we must all make, each and every day.
The tragedy is that so few of us elect to rise above our old selves, climb towards our true potential, and remake ourselves in the image of what we
edit on 17-1-2014 by therealguyfawkes because: (no reason given)