It all begins with self-awareness

It All Begins With Awareness

“Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment.”
- Tao Tzu

Awareness is the first step in the creation process. As you grow in self awareness, you will better understand why you feel what you feel and why you behave as you behave. That understanding then gives you the opportunity and freedom to change those things you’d like to change about yourself and create the life you want. Without fully knowing who you are, self acceptance and change become impossible.

Having clarity about who you are and what you want (and why you want it), empowers you to consciously and actively make those wants a reality. Otherwise, you’ll continue to get “caught up” in your own internal dramas and unknown beliefs, allowing unknown thought processes to determine your feelings and actions.

If you think about it, not understanding why you do what you do, and feel what you feel is like going through your life with a stranger's mind. How do you make wise decisions and choices if you don't understand why you want what you want? It's a difficult and chaotic way to live never knowing what this stranger is going to do next.

Who's the expert?
When we want good, solid information, we turn to the experts. So, who are you going to turn to for information about yourself? Who's the expert?

Does a friend, a therapist, a minister, your hero, your spouse, your parents know more about you than you? They can't. You live in your skin and mind 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Day in and day out. No one’s closer to you than you! The answers are in there, perhaps all you’ve needed to solve your riddles is a useful question.

Copyright © 1997-2005 Jennifer Hautman

lilaud . Tuesday March 01, 2005
04:42 PM EST
It is a kind of a catch 22. We cannot know others until we really know and understand ourselves. To do that, we need to be brutally honest with ourselves. "Know thyself and to thyself be true." is very good psychology/philosophy. It leads to self-awarness. Only in self-awareness are we truly 'the expert'. Only then do we know ourselves best.