Self? True Self? Oprah, Richard Rohr vs Micheal Puett views


Self? True Self?

For that man whom your outward form reveals is not yourself; the spirit is the true self, not that physical figure which can be pointed out by your finger.                                                                                         —Marcus Tullius Cicero

Imagine you are a tetherball – you are moving round a pole at some speed, often moved by outside circumstances, or your own momentum.

Your core (the pole) is steady and upright.

Your emotions/feelings/actions (the ball) are being dictated by those you meet in your path.

Notice that how people see you is in relation to where the ball moves – they do not see the whole you – just a perspective – and neither do you! 

Now we see the importance of having a firm core and balanced emotions!

How do you know who you can be, if you don’t know who you are? – Isabell Parcelle


Oprah Winfrey interviews Richard Rohr:

 ‘within each of us lie the true self and the false self. The true self, he says, is what religion often calls the soul, your eternal essence. The false self is the persona you create for yourself. Father Richard believes your goal in life is to find and manifest your true self. ‘How do we get to that true self?’ Oprah asks.

Well, as I did more search on this subject I found this very differing interpretation – which do you feel is more relevant to you?

Michael Puett’s latest book is “The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life” (

‘Ancient teachings from the western tradition have impressed on us the importance of authenticity and being true to one’s self. But what if those teachings set us on the wrong path?’  

‘The idea is it’s constant work, working through these patterns we’re falling into, altering these patterns, breaking these patterns, creating different patterns and it’s an endless work of every situation from the very mundane to the very, very large scale of constantly trying to shift these patterns for the better. And the vision is that and really only that is what the good life is. The good life is a world in which as many of us as possible, ideally everyone is flourishing.’

Let us know your views on this:)





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