Self – False #2

There is no evil in anything created by God, nor can anything of His become an obstacle to our union with Him.  The obstacle is in our ‘self,’ that is to say in the tenacious need to maintain our separate, external, egotistic will.  TM, New Seeds

It is when we refer all things to this outward and false ‘self’ that we alienate ourselves from reality and from God.  It is then the false self that is our god, and we love everything for the sake of this self. TM, New Seeds

Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self.  TM, New Seeds

My false and private self is the one who wants to exist outside the reach of God’s will and God’s love – outside of reality and outside of life.  TM, New Seeds

All sin starts from the assumption that my false self, the self that exists only in my own egocentric desires, is the fundamental reality of life to which everything else in the universe is ordered. TM, New Seeds

I use up my life in the desire for pleasures and the thirst for experiences, for power, honor, knowledge and love, to clothe this false self and construct its nothingness into something objectively real.  TM, New Seeds

we must not deal in too negative a fashion even with the ‘external self.’  This self is not by nature evil, and the fact that it is unsubstantial is not to be imputed to it as some kind of crime.  It is afflicted with metaphysical poverty TM, New Seeds

all that is poor deserves mercy.  So too our outward self: as long as it does not isolate itself in a lie, it is blessed by the mercy and the love of Christ.  TM, New Seeds

The accidents of a poor and transient existence have… an ineffable value.  They can be transparent media in which we apprehend the presence of God in the world. TM, New Seeds

It is possible to speak of the exterior self as a mask: to do so is not necessarily to reprove it.  The mask that each man wears may well be a disguise not only for that man’s inner self but for God, wandering as a pilgrim in exile in His own creation.  TM, New Seeds

the way of prayer brings us face to face with the sham and indignity of the false self that seeks to live for itself alone.TM, Contemplative

When we live superficially, when we are always outside ourselves, never quite ‘with’ ourselves, always divided and pulled in many directions by conflicting plans and projects, we find ourselves doing many things that we do not really want to do, saying things we do not really, needing things we do not really need, exhausting ourselves for what we secretly realize to be worthless and without meaning in our lives. TM, Love

Self – True

without a life of the spirit, our whole existence becomes unsubstantial and illusory.  The life of the spirit, by integrating us in the real order established by God, puts us in the fullest possible contact with reality.  TM, No Man

Our true self is the person we are meant to be – the man who is free and upright, in the image and likeness of God.  The work of recovery of this lost likeness is effected by stripping away all that is alien and foreign to our true selves – shedding the ‘double garment’ of hypocrisy and illusion by which we try to conceal the truth of our misery from ourselves, our brethren and from God. TM, Silent

In order to find God, Whom we can only find in and through the depths of our own soul, we must therefore first find ourselves.  TM, New Man

For me to be a saint means to be myself.  Therefore the problem of sanctity and salvation is in fact the problem of finding out who I am and of discovering my true self.  TM, New Seeds

The ‘spark’ which is my true self is the flash of the Absolute recognizing itself in me. TM, Love