Self-development is the path that allows us to “come to ourselves” – specifically, to our True Nature. Such a Path is all but easy: indeed, we need time to accomplish it. The more we are reluctant to renounce instant results and our expectations, the more time we’ll need to accomplish such tasks. Above all, we need to work because, such as for every important realization in life, we need first to learn and then to put into practice what we had assimilated.
Those who read these words and follow this blog, probably know one thing: we aren’t what we seem to be. Indeed, we are not born such as we are today: years of conditionings have shaped the personality that represents us today, and with which we are almost totally identified.
The society in which we live doesn’t consider the Inner Research. Our whole education is focused on values that point to social success, competition, and moral rules – an education pointed not towards the content, but the form which allows the individual to grow exclusively in the rational field.
The ancient, lost science which inquired on the meaning of existence in a holistic way through intuition and observation, has been replaced by a science that considers the material evidence, almost denying all that can’t be quantified or weighed.
All the questions concerning the meaning of our existence, which spontaneously arises at least once during the life of an individual, weakens before becoming concrete because they do not have “scientific” credibility.
Those who have a strong need for understanding often turn to psychology, but this is too young a science, and it’s still unable to answer the deeper questions about who/what we are. Others turn to gurus, “holy men” or self-styled “experts” of some last-minute technique developed more to earn money than to really help someone.
The result of these techniques is often pitiful, if not devastating. Most people, those who go as far as seeking the answer to the main question about their existence – the “who am I?”, lose faith, suppress their questions and surrender passively to a mechanical routine with its false goals, and convince themselves that there’s nothing else that society can “offer” them.
But there’s something else, something more – much more: a world that is so vast and fascinating which leaves speechless the person who experiences it.
But the Path is long and all but easy. I’ll never disagree with those who state that Truth is simple. Indeed, Truth not only surrounds us, but even contains us. What is difficult is the process that allows us to understand in a conscious way, the nature of this Truth. It’s difficult, it’s complex, it needs time, but it’s also the most extraordinary adventure an individual could undertake.
Such as every very important thing in life, it is something extremely serious, and not a hobby, and not a joke. It requires study, perseverance, determination, and practice.
Many people ask me if it’s possible to undertake such a path by themselves. I often find myself concerned when someone asks such a question. It’s not in my nature to discourage anyone. But the truth is that it’s impossible to undertake a Path into an “unknown” field without a guide, such as it’s impossible to enter a jungle and survive without someone who could guide us through it, showing what and how to survive inside such an extreme environment.
The same thing is of value when we undertake a Path towards ourselves, our true nature. We can read books, acquire information, but never mind how deep and inspiring the data we gather, it will always remain in the field of the mind… and the mind is unable to overcome itself. Mind can only investigate an external object, not itself. I understand that many people will disagree with this statement, but this is the main reason why people fail in their Inner Research. Mind is a good mean, but it will never be able to be the subject and the object at the same time.
Thus, the mind, unable to access an observation from an external point of view, will only replace an identification with a new one, remaining always in the same field, the same vicious cycle… the same prison. It will give only the illusion of “seeing” the Truth, without being able to be part of the Truth – the “experiencer”.
That’s why an individual needs a specific training given by a competent guide. Call him a teacher, mentor or as you wish – one who could teach him to develop a skill of observation able to transcend the mind, a state of consciousness that is the result of a concrete and stable awareness, instead of just a product of the mind.