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.
There is a First Agreement that obviates the need for any other agreement. And it is this: I agree to be guided from within.
“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”
Men have always been attracted to the unknown—up to and including themselves.
Until a man clearly sees that change is necessary, he will not change. His first step is also his last step—to see himself as he is. In the seeing is the doing.
The desire to know oneself bespeaks a direct connection to the universal intelligence. Men who desire to know themselves begin to feel alienated from tribal, religious and political concerns. They lose their opinions.