The negative programming that we all received (and to some extent still receive) has come to us for the most part quite unintentionally. It comes to us from our parents (trying to protect us); it comes from our siblings, from our teachers and classmates, our co-workers, the significant others in our lives, advertising and media messages of all kinds, the morning newspaper and the six o’clock news. And for some of us it comes in the form of institutionalized stereotypes designed to limit our love for self and others like ourselves. But that is for another discussion.
In this Land of 148,000 No’s – this is for those of us on the path of self-discovery. For those of us trying to find out who we really are.From Kahlil Gibran – The ProphetAnd a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.And he answered, sayingYour heart knows in silence the secrets of days and nights.But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart’s knowledge.You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.And it is well you should.The hidden well-spring of your soul most needs to rise and run murmuring to the sea;And the treasuer of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure.And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.For self is a sea boundless and measureless.Say not, “I have found the truth,” but rather say –“I have found a truth.”Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.”Say rather, “I have met the soul walking upon my path.”For the soul walks upon all paths.The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.Kahili GibranFamily this is a repost of something from my space almost 2 years ago, but in light of a couple of recent comments I thought it might be appropriate to dust if off and repost it. So the question is – In this Land of 148,000 No’s – Who Are You?PeaceTenthltr2u