Self-respect is the only suitable attitude to adopt towards a person of your status. If you had any idea of what your true nature was, you would fall on your knees and honor yourself like royalty.
The actor who forgot he was playing a role
We live in a world where people are honored on the basis of what they do for a living.
Should a celebrity or a high-ranking political official walk into a room, many of us would scramble about in a frenzy to ensure that such individuals received treatment and respect of the highest order.
The mere experience of being spoken to by such people is sufficient in some cases to produce a slight increase in our sense of self-worth.
Such experiences condition us to identify who we are with the roles that we play in life. We move about in this world as if we were professionals, students, mothers, children, co-workers, etc. In reality, these roles we play are merely finite expressions of the boundless essence that we truly are.
We are like actors who have become so absorbed in our roles that we have mistaken the character we are portraying for the actual person that we are.
You are more than your personality
The word “personality” is derived from the latin term “persona” which means “mask”. If we take etymology seriously, in this case, the implication is that our personalities are only masks concealing the broader identity of our Real Self.
A mask is not an intrinsically bad thing. It is a great device for exhibiting and exploring certain character traits. A mask can become a great hinderance, however, if one mistakes it for his Real Self.
The Real Self is not merely non-physical, but it is also trans-personal. Just as our bodies are physical extensions and expressions of our non-physical personality, our personalities are psychological extensions and expressions of our trans-personal essence.
In other words, we are all inconceivably more than what we think we are. We are not our jobs, our dreams, our experiences, or even our ranking on the social ladder. We are individualized expressions of The Infinite. As such, we all are worthy of praise.
I salute the divinity within you
There is a greeting which comes from Indian culture by the name of “Namaste.” It comes from the Sanskrit term “Namas” which means “to salute, bow, or adore.” One interpretation of the word “Namaste” is “I salute the divinity within you.” It is a greeting which honors the “divine spark” in all whom we encounter. This parallels neatly, in my opinion, with the declaration in The Book of Genesis that we have all been created in the “image and likeness of God.”
Experiencing life’s fullest capacity for true joy and lasting success requires that we look deeply enough into ourselves until we discover that Inner Radiance which is the source, substance, and space of the little self we think we are.
There are worlds of possibility lying beyond the limited perception of self we refer to as “me.”
Our recognition of and reverence for this Real Self is the key which unlocks the door to these hidden dimensions existing within our own being.
Are you ready to walk through that door?
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