When You Are Not You

It’s a toughest task. When you are not being your real self.

Juan Jimenez poetically puts it this way, 

“I am not me
I am the one who walks by my side
Whom I don’t see
The one whom I visit sometimes 
And forget other times
The one who forgives me
When I eat Candy
The one who walks in nature
When I am indoors 
The one who remains silent 
When I speak
The one who will stand tall
When I die.”

When you’re not your real you, it means you’re operating from a false self. You’re not recognizing your shadow.

You see, the shadow is a distinctive part of the unconscious mind. That’s where our real self hides or gets masked.

So before you can be your real you, you need to stop denying the existence of your own shadow. 

Discover it. Acknowledge it. Accept it as part of your self. Embrace it. Heal and be whole by working through it.

Photo: Keanu Reeves

As psychiatrist R.D. Laing said, 

“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice. And because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there is little we can do to change until we notice how failing to notice shapes our thoughts and deeds.”