Life is a conversation with yourself. The most dangerous thing you can possibly do is ignore or silence your inner voice. Most of our so-called villains are simply people who do not hear what they are saying to themselves.
We’ve learned to drown ourselves out by numbing our emotions, forming addictions, and seeking gurus with cookie cutter, magical solutions.
To live the life you deserve, you must get to know who you really are. After all, you cannot nourish or care for anything unless you first know what it is.
Most of us have no idea how powerful, capable, and connected we are.
Every person who remembers, changes the world.
We’re surrounded, in modern society, by messages of our own inadequacy. These messages aren’t there simply to be cruel. They are there to sell us products. When we feel inadequate, we are ready to buy something to make us adequate.
And so, we search for healing and happiness as if they live outside of us. In the meantime, we are desperately trying to call for our own attention. Every headache, every pang of annoyance, and every craving is a message. We are desperately trying to tell ourselves something.
And yet, we only listen to people that we love and we ignore people that we don’t trust. The thing that matters in life more than anything else is learning to trust your voice and love yourself unconditionally.
Most people these days are sitting in cages. The doors to these cages are wide open. And yet, they dare not leave. After all, there is food in the cage. There is certainty.
Certainty, I’ve found, is an addiction. It’s an illusion. It’s a lie. The only way to be completely secure, safe, and certain is to live in enclosed, repetitive cycles. It is to stay in the cage and run on the wheel.
You can’t become addicted to what’s good for you. No one goes to rehab over oxygen, water, or broccoli. You can only become addicted to cheap replacements. And certainty is a cheap replacement for self-love. No amount of control will ever be enough.
It’s not an accident that our society is full of control-hungry perfectionists. We are so incredibly intelligent. This intelligence may help us do math, build airplanes, and get to the moon, but it won’t help us mend a broken heart, stand in the face of fear, or heal from trauma.
We have enough intelligence. Now, to keep it in check, we need wisdom. We need truth. We need love.
If all we know how to do is measure and judge ourselves, we’ll never know courage. We’ll never know true, universal love. We’ll never know ourselves.
If you want to make the world a better place, first give yourself what the world needs most. Listen to yourself, nurture yourself, and discover yourself with the same passionate curiosity you would explore a lover.
Learn to love yourself unconditionally. It is the greatest gift you can give to the world.