Know Thyself," I examined that central concept of Socrates' philosophy, which is inscribed over the entry to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. That article contained insights about the original, spiritual labels and imprints we hold in our individual and collective species memory, how these constrict us at our core, and how this constriction accounts for our slow vibratory rates and low frequency. The label of having "fallen" from grace with the Source, having committed some grievous act that disavowed us of our inherent deservedness, and of having been born with of "original" sin along with the imprinted impression of separation from the Source and one another has become a template upon which most, if not all religions and some New Age spiritual systems base their moral code of behavior. While the notion of having fallen from grace and being stained with a fabricated but conceptually formidable "sin" is absurd, it is nonetheless a powerful tool of manipulation, domination and control.
It is gruesome that these spiritual labels and imprints fostered cycle upon cycle wherein we have largely functioned like spiritual amnesiacs who feel obliged to go through a lot of hoopla to earn or deserve the right to reclaim our essence so we can return to oneness with the Source. Many of us have been meandering about oblivious to our true identity and clueless about our significant place and purpose in the cosmos. In addition, it is abysmal that in many incarnational experiences we have felt resigned to roam in deserts of spiritual bewilderment starved for a clear, resounding experience of truth and a palpable connection to our authentic selves and all of creation. It is equally ghastly that the malignant fallout of these spiritual labels and imprints is mirrored in our anemic capacity to faithfully and devotedly love, honor and respect ourselves.
Therefore, we arrive in an incarnational experience programmed to forget, believing after eons of forgetting that it is our nature to forget. To add insult to injury, once here, most of us are in the custodial care of parents who have been programmed to forget that their sacred function includes perceiving and upholding their offspring's soul blueprint, and who therefore can neither call forth our magnificence nor mirror back to us our genius. Besieged by never ending shame cycles, engulfed in overwhelm generated from an imbalanced focus on material acquisitions and inundated by the grip of alienation shaped by distorted versions of power and success, these parents endeavor to manage the immensity of their inherent inadequacy by assigning labels and projecting imprints onto their susceptible offspring. This pattern has given birth to the much-heralded concept that "our genius is in our wound" - clearly a bone-chilling axiom of the old paradigm.
Indeed, the cycle during which our divinity was denied and our spiritual adulthood forestalled is ending. We are invited to co-creatively participate in the emergence of the next cycle by first knowing ourselves and then being our true selves. However, how do we be our true selves when key aspects of our essence lies buried beneath the rubble of far too many insidious labels and inauspicious imprints?
We must not only disengage from the numbing influence of historical spiritual beliefs and assumptions but also from the personal labels and imprints that dim the dazzling truth of who we are and why we are here. We must rise from the ashes of self-denial, self-doubt, self-derision, self-loathing and self-condemnation. We must fortify our capacity to faithfully and devotedly love, honor and respect ourselves. It is time to unveil all truths spiritual and personal - not only because unveiling truth is our right and our responsibility, but also because the truth will deliver us. To be delivered is to be released, liberated and infused with glory, and glory means to rise.
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