Many today seem to have ‘forgotten’ the essential truth that, within us, behind the surface world of the ego, there is a deeper self that is connected to the whole – the essential spiritual approach to life, the source of our morality and creativity. Steve Taylor‘s recent poem expresses this beautifully.
The Deep Self
There is another self inside you –
not the restless self that always ruminates
about the future and the past
not the fragile self that craves for attention
and is wounded so easily by disrespect
not the anxious self that can’t live inside itself
and is always reaching outside for distractions.
There is another self inside you
that doesn’t consist of concepts
that isn’t sustained by thought
that isn’t enclosed inside your body
and doesn’t feel separate to the world.
There is a deeper self that rests
quietly, almost imperceptibly
behind the tumult of your thoughts
like the still blue sky behind dense, swift-moving clouds.
And your deep self is always ready to emerge
whenever you release your attention from thoughts
and let your awareness spread gently around you
opening your senses to the world.
Then your surface self grows softer, more porous.
Spaces appear between thoughts
and the deep self slowly seeps through
like sunlight through dissipating clouds.
As you become your deep self
you sense a shift of perspective
as if dust is falling from your eyes
and a landscape is becoming more distinct –
brighter, more spacious, less dangerous.
You feel relieved, as if you’ve woken from an anxious dream.
The problems of your surface self
and the dramas of your surface life
seem trivial, almost comical.
Now you feel connected to the world –
not an observer, but a participant
as if your being is fluid and permeable
flowing back and forth between you and the world
sharing the essence of everything you see.
You’re no longer restless and anxious
now that natural harmony flows through you.
You’re no longer fragile and incomplete
now that the wholeness of the world includes you.
And you feel the joy of self-recognition
of becoming who you always were
since your deep self is not another self –
it is simply you.