The You of You
There is a power within you that is greater than the world. If you let it, it will sustain you, expand you, and fill you with joy.
This power is closer than hands and feet; it is nearer and dearer to you than your own breath.
It is invisible, silent, and immeasurable.
All names for it are vague. All descriptions of it are inaccurate.
It transcends everything you can possibly know about it.
In the following lines, Ralph Waldo Emerson, the essayist and poet, who lived in the 1800s referred to it as instinct:
"All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason."
Today, we would probably translate "instinct" to mean "intuition" or "awareness."
Our basic helplessness in trying to describe it is because it is not a thing, an object, either abstract or concrete, that can be classified. Instead, it is a transcendent, extraordinary experience that expresses itself in an ordinary way. It subtle nature escapes language.
The power within you that can be spoken of is not the power that exists; for like the wind, it cannot be caught; and like the ocean, it can never be grasped.
It is not the mind, but beyond the mind.
This awareness that is you, this sentient understanding, this all encompassing consciousness, it is magnificence itself.
And the sweetest thing about this understanding, is that it is the you of you, the immensity of you.
There is nothing more intimate, nothing more reassuring, and nothing more exhilarating than this inner presence.
Civilizations may come and go, you may trade one body after another, and yet this essence of you, this pure energetic consciousness, will only continue to expand in its awareness.
When confronted with the lie of the world, it is truth; when intimidated by misfortune and adversity, it is strength; and when impoverished by lack, it is abundance.
You are the quintessence of power and beauty and truth; for who you are is this power that never sleeps, this awareness that never ceases, this brilliance that never dims.
You are the light of the world, an emanation of pure energy, unrestricted consciousness wrapped in layers of skin and bones, illusions and misconceptions.
When you finally understand who you are, really are inside, there can be only one possible response: a spontaneous burst of happiness that has no limits.
You are the unbounded potentiality, and who you think you are is not even close to who you really are inside.
The purpose of life is simply this: to discover the you of you.