“…Suddenly”

The following seems to me a truth that too many people, including myself, are afraid to acknowledge to themselves when it, perhaps inevitably, occurs:

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“We realize–often quite suddenly–that our sense of self, which has been formed and constructed out of our ideas, beliefs and images, is not really who we are. It doesn’t define us, it has no center.”

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37 thoughts on ““…Suddenly””

  1. Well yes suddenly comes without warning, it is a quick and dramatic moment or event, that doesn’t mean the meltdown to produce the balm for a new inner life happens overnight.

      1. And since we were so uniquely and wonderfully woven, the fragrances of the ointment including the process and the stages of balming the inner life is different for everyone.

  2. I get this idea, but I think I would characterize it differently. I see it more that our sense of self, or our belief in what our self is, may not have any basis in reality. Or that the way we actually act may not match the image we have created about how we act.

        1. I understand you, Angela. 💚

          BTW, feel free to call me David 🙂
          (‘ben Alexander’ means ‘son of Alexander’)

        2. Interesting! I kinda like it, but thank you for permitting me to call you David. Now, we are getting somewhere, haha.

      1. I like that! 🙂 It could, yes, but it would be most painful: I lived that for a few years, it is not a happy place, at all.

  3. Yes, it’s the key buddhist concept too, that I’ve been reading about lately… we are not really this manifestation that we are presented with or that we present; we are something more essential than that.

  4. Bonjour, et on s’en remet aussi très bien de ne pas être forcément ce que l’on croyait être, parfois même ça libère complètement, très bonne journée, louise salmone

    1. Oui je suis d’accord. Merci d’avoir répondu. Cela peut être libérateur, mais de nombreuses personnes y résistent.

      Tout le meilleur,
      David

  5. And so I look to Another who I am wrestling with to give me a name that tells me who I am. My self is unfinished. I like this from Revelation 2:17 – To the one who overcomes I will …give him a white stone inscribed with a new name, known only to the one who receives it.”

  6. David, this is thought-provoking. “Know thyself.” I think I know myself pretty well. Sometimes I need to adjust my self-concept in the light of new evidence. We shouldn’t have a static self-concept. It needs to evolve as we do.
    All the best!

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