Man has two aspects—essence and personality. Essence is formless, ageless, impersonal and free; personality is conditioned, private, fixed and temporary. If all we know is our personality, we don’t know very much.
In sleep we fall into our deepest essence. We don’t know what that’s like because ego doesn’t come with us and we go there without a memory. We wake up thinking, ‘Nothing happened.’ And technically we’re right.
We are all expressions of the same consciousness. With respect to our essence identity, there’s no difference at all. But, you know, we like to personalize things.
When I was 17, I switched from my first name, Hugh, to my second name, Keith. Not that it matters; we are are not what we are called. Understanding that, Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol.
Courage comes from the Latin for heart. It’s the essence of a man who sees himself as he is and the world as it is. Not seeing, he succumbs to bullets and beliefs.