In 1960, Donald Winnicott, a British psychoanalyst coined the phrase “true self” to describe a sense of self based on spontaneous authentic experience, and a feeling of being alive, having a real self.
I am completely fascinated with my own ‘true self’ of course. I suppose everyone feels this way. Given the competitive ego that I have – I want of course to excel in helping my ‘true self’ find depth and ways to change the world. Is this an Age thing or is it a sign of the times?
I have reasons to fear dementia – to me I fear that more than a physical illness like cancer. I would lose my best friend – my fun-loving, compassionate and passion dreamer self. So I feel a sense of URGENCY to do this now.
By writing my contemplative actions here – I am hoping to find some clarity AND perhaps someone reading this just might offer their own insights.
So how can I find ways to help my true self go deeper. A few ideas I have include:
1) I already meditate quite a lot. I am wondering what if I added Shamanic practices – would that bring me to a deeper level? Not sure what this point has to do with Shamanism but In the past I have astral projected a number of times. It was suggested to me that I was simply looking for ways to escape the present moment.
2) I have an interest in perhaps finding a Church that I could join. Like a Christian non-denominational one. I need to start researching this idea. Anyone have any suggestions?
3) Wholehearted adopt something like Deepak Chopra’s 7 Spiritual Laws of Success. E.g. let go of the outcome; bring whoever you encounter today a gift; choose actions that bring happiness and success to others; never judge.
4) Find ways to simply live fully in the moment so that I am at my best in practicing a simple mantra such as Remain Curious and Centered.
Maybe it’s all of the above. How about you? What keeps your true self up at night?