Letting go of the old self to move forwards

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We can never move forwards from our old selves. The only way forwards is to be born again into a new self. This article touches on this idea of self as it exists within oneness, both from the Eastern, and the Western philosophies, or religious thinking's.

The journey both starts and ends in us

"When I let go of who I am, I become what I might be."

This above quote is from Lao Tzu, the Chinese Taoist philosopher, (600Bc to 531BC).

Does this mean that we need to let go of the false self, or does it more refer to our letting go of our present self that needs to be grown for us to move forwards, and so this would mean that we should not just stay forever stagnated into our current position?

Love lives not fully in an absence of such ongoing growth, because when love is frozen, being held in its place, it acts as an agent of trepidation in a way.

Love can then become so solidified in you that you either revere it as an idol, or you fear its hugeness in you, or you treat it as a trophy, an idol, or even as a figurehead of God.

Love must be moved through you, not stuck on you as a trophy to wear, or to be proud of, or to worship placed on a pedestal. Love is never to be separated from God in any of these ways. Once separated from God, it grows cold in you, and solidifies.

Lao Tzu is said to have said that the words of truth are always paradoxical.

Truth itself though is never paradoxical. It is only the words that we use to describe it, that ever are.

The Tao is added to you, when you again lose yourself to it. Jesus said something similar when he said the lost shall be found.

"For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found."

This is an excerpt from his famous parable of the prodigal son. It comes from Saint Luke's gospel, chapter 15, verse 24.

Is there a self, or isn't there?

"Why aren't we happy?

It's because nearly ninety-nine percent of everything that we do, and think, and say, is for our self, and there isn't one. We make outwards effort to be our self actively, and the inactivity of unhappiness must follow. Rather than trying to do things for our self, we need to be active as our self, to find that our self is naturally active as itself, only in the whole."


This quote is from a Taoist philosopher called Wei Wu Wei. This was his pen name. He was the English author, Terence James Stannus Gray (1895 to 1986).

This refers to the ego self.

The ego is false in a way, but it exists as a real part of our self, none the less. This alludes to the idea, that we are all a part of the TAO, and always therefore inseparable from it, and so it's really saying that there is no separate self as such, as it is always remaining a part of the larger, or greater Universe, or Universal self.

This means in a spiritual sense that when you do, or say, or think anything, you are doing it from your soul, and which is yourself, but really this self only exists as part of the greater self, or God, and life.

This is more than just being a play on words, or an empty philosophy. There is soul and there is God, and they are separated by the creation of freedom, but they can be connected back together again by love.

God's love recreates oneness from our apparent separation

"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit."

This verse is from the Christian bible. It is from the book of first Corinthians, chapter 12, verse 13.

Here is another reference to our three in one God.

"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."

This quote from the bible can be found in the book of first John, chapter 5, verse 7.

What could it mean that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one? Are we, or can we, ever be a part of this oneness too?

The oneness that is being talked about here is oneness in thought, mind, soul, love, and conditioning. We all function as one. The Universe or creation if it never operated all together would be pulled apart by the part that is not being a part of it.

So it is also with God. The parts of God all operate for him, if they do not operate against him.

The fact is this free choice of a part to either act for itself for God or for another part allows the whole to be itself in a "uniquer" way, than it was being before. A part can freely choose to follow God from loving him, and from feeling God's love for itself too.

The two sides of God are displayed in this set-up, and the separated parts can then see that they too are serving the greater good when they empty themselves of themselves back into that good, but on the other hand their separation can have no permanent effect on the long-term direction of that good either.

"Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."

This is Jesus himself talking to his disciples in Saint Luke's gospel, chapter 9, verse 50.

In another part of the bible, we find this verse though. This one is from Saint Matthew's gospel, chapter 12, verse 30.

"Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me."

In the context of what I have said here in this article I believe that this means that when you oppose the directive pull of God, you work for yourself against God, but in the long run this will only ever destroy yourself never God.

God moves forwards in his own ways with or without you. It is always your choice whether you want to join him, or not.

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False Self, Letting Go, Real Self, Self Help, Self-Growth

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I have been interested in the spiritual fields for over thirty five years now. My writing is mostly in this area.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

fascinating concepts...I AM is part of the Greater ALL but to find the I AM may not be easy for some...it is magnificent and awesome....

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author avatar spirited
23rd Jun 2014 (#)

thanks Carolina,

we are all magnificent and awesome too in our own way I believe, especially when we connect to this I AM.

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