Knowledge of Oneself – Conference 31
No way we could deny the Law of Recurrence processed in every moment of our life.
Certainly in every day of our existence, there is repetition of events, states of consciousness, words, desires, thoughts, volitions, etc.
It is obvious that when one does not self-observe, cannot realize this incessant daily repetition.
It is clear that anyone who feels no interest in observing himself, neither is willing to work to achieve a true radical transformation.
To top it all off there are people who want to transform themselves without working on themselves.
We do not deny the fact that everyone has the right to real happiness of the spirit, but is also true that such happiness would be more than impossible if we do not work on ourselves.
One can change intimately, when really is able to modify their reactions to the various events that befall him daily.
But we could not change our way of reacting to the facts of practical life, if we do not work seriously on ourselves.
We need to change our way of thinking, be less negligent, become more serious and take life in a different way, in its real and practical sense.
But if we continue the way we are, behaving the same way every day, repeating the same mistakes, with the same negligence as always, any possibility of change will indeed eliminated.
If one really wants to get to know oneself, you must start by observing your own behavior, to the events of any day of life.
We do not mean by this that one should not observe oneself daily, we just want to say that one must begin by observing a day.
In all there must be a beginning, and start by observing our conduct in any day of our life, it is a good start.
Observe our mechanical reactions to all those little details of alcove, home, dining room, house, street, work, etc., etc., etc., what you say, feel and think, is certainly the most appropriate.
The important thing is to see then how or in what way can you change those reactions; however, if we believe that we are good people, we never behave in an unconscious and mistaken way, we never change.
First of all we need to understand that we are people-machines, simple puppets controlled by secret agents, for hidden Selves.
Within our person many people live, we are never identical; sometimes manifests in us a mean person, other times an irritable person, at any moment a splendid person, benevolent, later a scandalous or slanderous person, afterwards a saint, then a liar, etc.
We have people of all sorts within each of us, Selves of all kinds. Our personality is only a marionette, a talking doll, something mechanical.
Let’s start behaving consciously during a small part of the day; we need to stop being simple machines even for a few minutes every day, that will have a decisive influence on our existence.
When we observe ourselves and don’t do what this or that self wants, it is clear that we begin to stop being machines.
One single moment in which we are quite aware, to stop being a machine, if done voluntarily, often radically modify many disagreeable circumstances.
Unfortunately we live daily a mechanical, routine and absurd life. We repeat events, our habits are the same, we have never wanted to change them, they are the mechanical rail through which the train of our miserable existence flows; however, we think of us the best …
Everywhere abound “MYTHOMANIACS” those who believe themselves as Gods; mechanical creatures, routine, characters from the mud of the earth, wretched dolls moved by diverse Selves; people like that will not work on themselves …
End Conference 31.