Skip to main content

What does it mean to Honor the Self?

Such great wisdom from Dr Nathaniel Branden:
The first act of honoring the self is the assertion of consciousness. The choice to think, to be aware, to send the searchlight of consciousness outward toward the world, and inward toward your own being. To fail in this effort is to fail the self at the most basic level. 

To honor the self is to be willing to think independently, to live by your own mind, and to have the courage of your own perceptions and judgments. 

To honor the self is to be willing to know not only what you think, but also what you feel, what you want, need, desire, suffer over, are frightened or angered by, and to accept your right to experience such feelings. The opposite of this attitude is denial, disowning, repression, self-repudiation. 

To honor the self is to preserve an attitude of self acceptance, which means to accept what you are without self criticism, without lying about who you are in a pretense aimed at deceiving either yourself or someone else. 

To honor the self is to live authentically. To speak and act on your innermost convictions and feelings. 

To honor the self is to refuse to accept unearned guilt, and to do your best to correct any guilt you may have earned. 

To honor the self is to be committed to your right to exist, which comes from the knowledge that your life belongs to you, and that you are not here on Earth to live up to somebody else’s expectations. To many people, this is a terrifying responsibility. 

To honor the self is to be in love with your own life, in love with your possibilities for growth and for experiencing joy. In love with the process of discovery and exploring your uniquely human potential. 

To honor the self is to practice selfishness in the highest, noblest and least understood sense of that word. And this requires as we shall see, enormous independence, courage and integrity.”

– Dr. Nathaniel Branden

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

spiraling upward into infinity

The timing is what astounds me - like clockwork we unfold unknowingly on schedule. The right conversation, the perfect time, the perfect reflection and you're back into the fullness of Being Love.

And then there it is - the echo of that shift looking back at you through eyes that beam at you like your favorite melody.

You are remarkable. 

And we are spiraling upward into infinity.

What I call being IN LOVE...is being in that all-inclusive state of Self - living as the spacious field of Being that contains everything and everyone. So much of what we call "love" and "being in love" is incrusted with resistance, with separation, division - you can't hide behind walls of separation and other-ness and consciously take in the pervasiveness of Love.

Put down your separation. Walk through every wall. Contain everything inside yourself. This is the tension-less state of ease you're made of.

This is the Home of all homes.

Love.

The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Our Understanding of the Universe

When a book clearly articulates a map of "time" that makes the most sense, you have to go get yourself a copy of that book...

“Nows within this now, rather like snapshots in an album. Each Now is separate and a world unto itself, but the richly structured Nows 'know' about one another because they literally contain one another in certain essential respects. As consciousness surveys many things at once in one Now, it is simultaneously present, at least in part, in other Nows. This awareness of many things in one could well exist in a much more pronounced form in other places in Platonia.” ― Julian Barbour


The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Our Understanding of the Universe by Julian Barbour