2. If this is the case then how do we identify these others aspects of ourselves? and
3. How can we begin to implement these hidden qualities and characteristics into our daily life?
Let’s imagine for a moment that regardless of how real your identity feels to you it may not be the whole story of who you truly are. Then the obvious question is “Who are you?” The first step in answering this question is to make some space around the story you have been accepting up to now about who you think you are. To create this space all we need to do is accept that our identity has been significantly influenced by what we have been told by others about who they think we are.
Getting a more complete and accurate picture of our true identity begins by setting aside everything we think we know about ourselves and becoming aware of the quiet voice within trying to get us to notice activities we enjoyed when we were young; or things we feel passionate about, or the qualities and characteristics of people we admire or look up to. The reason we admire and respect particular qualities and characteristics in others is because through them we are encountering the same qualities and characteristics within us. Through the example of others we gain conscious awareness of the same qualities and characteristics within us trying to emerge. The reason we are inspired or motivated is because we have encountered something outside of us that is resonating within us. The proof of this is easily found by beginning to act in alignment with these qualities and characteristics. By acting as if we possess them we can observe how we feel when we begin acting on them. When we act in alignment with our true nature the experience is life-expanding. When we act in contradiction to our true nature we suffer.
If you are wondering why certain behaviors you engage in cause your regret, guilt, or shame it is because these behaviors are a violation of your true nature and your being is letting you know in the clearest possible terms that this is not who you truly are.
By temporarily setting aside what we think we know about ourselves and becoming consciously aware of the qualities and characteristics we admire and value we gain an accurate insight into who we truly are and discover the means to live a more authentic, effective and fulfilling life.