I love this quote by Eckhart Tolle. Let’s examine the meaning behind his words.
“Nobody can tell you who you are. It would just be another concept, so it would not change you. Who you are requires no belief. In fact, every belief is an obstacle. It does not even require your realization, since you already are who you are. But without realization, who you are does not shine forth into this world.”
Nobody can tell you who you are. It would just be another concept.
People do not like to be told who they are. Do you ever cringe when you hear someone say the words “You’re so …”? People describe our attributes when we’re children, and we either live out these concepts or rebel against them. We have an unrelenting desire to express ourselves freely without needing to defend what that’s like.
Who you are requires no belief. In fact, every belief is an obstacle.
If we take everything we’re taught and question nothing, we end up with someone else’s worldview. We can end up living lives based on the indelible marks of our childhood imprints and then build up a defense system to explain our conflicting parts. Sadly, we close ourselves off from so many experiences because of these patterns. We close ourselves off from exploring our infinite potential to rebirth and resurrect ourselves.
It does not even require your realization, since you already are who you are.
We are born with our own biological strand of DNA and a unique spiritual DNA represented by our Archetypes. I’ll tell you more about archetypes in a second. They have been with you all of your life.
But without realization, who you are does not shine forth into this world.
We are meant to have challenges and breakthroughs. Challenges and obstacles can make us stronger, more forgiving and compassionate. But moving through them with grace requires self-reflection and a commitment to self-realization. We can define our strengths and weaknesses and look at life through the Archetypal lens. All of it is designed to bring out qualities of self we never knew we had, propelling us further along our spiritual path.
When working through the Archetypal lens, we learn to celebrate ourselves and see past our illusions and stories into what is real and true about our journey thus far.
Like a computer, we have outdated data taking up mental space, which holds us back.
What we want is clarity, freedom, and the confidence to shine forth into this world. Investing in your self-realization is a gift to yourself, and beyond that an offering toward the greater good.