How seriously do you take yourself? I hope that you pay yourself due attention. Know when to be serious about your life, but know that if you are too serious you run the risk of missing the point of being. We are also on this planet to play. Each of us humans has a child inside of us that requires indulgence and parenting. Even if you have no children of your own, realise that you are still a parent. You are a parent to yourself. You cannot avoid this role. That voice you hear nagging in your head, that chase you feel in yourself when you are doing right, or wrong, that is part of being responsible for your person. Do you respect your inner parent? How do you respond to its criticism? Do you hear criticism, or do you hear words of love and encouragement? Listen and decide. What type of parent are you? Analyse your patterns and your proclivities. As both child, and parent. You will see in your style of parenting your understanding of yourself. You want to understand yourself, your inner child. You will find in the child your shelved dreams. Your core beliefs. How you respond to the world of your inner child is of grave consequence. Should you show no respect for its evidence you will find yourself relying solely on your conditioning to get you by in this life of trials. The child has no qualms about leaving you to your own devices. It has enough with which to occupy itself. Should you ignore it, it will ignore you. A warning – do not rely on your conditioning. It is not who you are. It is who you have learned to be and in that you may as well be an automaton. Be who you are. Work around that which is already in you – your conditioning. It is essential if we wish to meet our real selves. Separate from what you know. Find yourself in the unknown.
Your parent is a construct. Understand that. You have built it into what it is. Now take its essence and mould it to the kind of parent you know your inner child needs. Make the conscious choice to give yourself what is necessary to bring out your best. That is in your power. It is good to know you have power. Use it.
Consider yourself a player. A life-player. You are one. You cannot think that life is not a game. It is an elaborate game of chance. How exciting is the notion that you can change totally the direction of your everyday by doing one small thing differently? That is some clout. Like touching the steering wheel at 220km/h on the autobahn. The smallest nudge has big implications. How comfortable are we accepting that we are all role-players? I think a great many people are either in denial, or are unable to reconcile their own manipulation with themselves. We are all manipulators. Every single one of us. How skilled we are at manipulating is testimony to the teachers we had as children. We learned from watching our parents manipulate each other. We learned from being manipulated. Even as a child you know when you are being manipulated. It is impossible not to feel coercion. You can hide from it, or hide it from yourself, but in every exchange you have with another there is some form of manipulation underway. It’s about wants and needs. We all want our needs met. How closely do we pay attention to the needs of others? Perhaps not closely enough. But we are all built from the same basic stuff. In that way we start life equal. We are all of an egg, a sperm. But we are equal only at the point before fertilization. After fertilization it becomes clear how successful our genetic coding is – because we are not genetically equal by any stretch of the imagination. It depends how far our parents’ bodies had evolved by the time we were conceived. It depends how good the best of each parent actually was at the time of conception. We have unique patterns of personality, as individual as our experience of the world. We are not the same, but we are one. We are part of the diversity, our thoughts are part of the far-reaching collective unconscious to which we all have access. We are alone in our perception of the world and alone in our expression thereof, but in each of us is the same driving nature, we all face the same need to self-actualise. How much time do you spend ruminating on life with the great masters? You should meet them in your head. One by one. They all live there. You have to learn how to speak each one’s language. In fact you cannot appreciate your own mother-tongue until you learn another language. Each language houses a different reality. We need to share our learning and celebrate our diversity. We need to take on the roles we create for ourselves and play them to the best of our ability. There is no coincidence in your being where you find yourself. You have carved for yourself the niche in which you find yourself confined. If you are confined, you need to free yourself. Or you need to be free of yourself. The self is a great oppressor. It, too, is an efficient manipulator. But celebrate that. It is your choice to benefit from your own experience. It is your choice to learn who you are and to make yourself stand out by virtue of your understanding of life’s lessons. You were made to do something. Find out what it is by seeing where you have sent yourself.
You will find that some of you are more refined than others. Some of you understand life better. It depends how emotionally intelligent you are. You need to foster emotional intelligence. You bring it up in you, like a child. You cannot play the life game until you tend to your inner child. It holds the dice. You know how powerful the drive of the subconscious when the inner child is in control? It is something to behold. That is always something to think about before you switch to auto-pilot. Let your subconscious speak, but perhaps do not let it act for you. You can never guarantee the way an encounter with the ego will go.