There are many ways in which a human being can be described. We can speak in terms of our physical, mental, emotional, spiritual bodies. in spiritual terms, we have an ego and a soul.
Another way to describe us is Self (True Self) and Not-Self (False Self). Ever since I came across those terms I have wondered what it really implies.
In this article I explain it the way I have come to understand them. The reader must be willing to believe that we have more to our lives than the physicality of who we are. It would help is you are open to the idea that we have a Soul separate and yet integrated into who are.
This soul is very much a part of who we are although we do not sense it any level. The soul is eternal in that it continues to exist even after we die. The soul grows and matures much like us humans.
Our soul has a purpose for taking on the human form. The soul grows in awareness and seeks to understand its True Divine nature that is a manifest form of the greater Divinity we call Our Source Creator God.
However, when we are born we forget this purpose and begin to live out a purely human experience.
The Not-Self (False Self)
A human being who forgets their core divinity might live within a completely false illusion. This false illusion is driven by the attractions of the world and is focused on materialism, consumerism and gaining ground in the materialistic paradigm. The false self is not in tune with their spiritual side and cannot understand its significance and value. A not-self is not aware of its purpose for existence.
The Self (True Self)
A human being who remembers their core divinity is able to step out of the false reality and see it as the illusion that it is. The internal compass of the person is activated and the person steps into the space of wanting to know what lies beyond the materialistic paradigm.
The Self or True Self begins to question all that it has come to believe in with the utmost focus to shed everything that is false within. This True self becomes aligned with the Soul’s purpose for living out the human experience.
It is easy and attractive to live a False Self. Life presents subtle ways for us to step out of the not-self and drop the veil that separates us from our true selves. If we do not recognize those times we can also ask and seek this through spiritual practice.