Rules are made to be broken. Except for one. Trust yourself.
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.