There are moments when we experience our deepest self, that part of us that is not visible to the world.
And yet this subject can be very elusive, esoteric and open to interpretation. We all have an inner self; that part that is within the deepest recesses beyond even our thoughts and feelings, lies that person which is you or I.
Now this is probably quite obvious to most of us, and yet perhaps most of our lives are so caught-up in doing things, that we actually don’t take the time to consider who we really are.
I’m not actually even referring to our spiritual experiences or even our beliefs right now, but only peeling back the layers of our lives to see the inner person.
We all know this person, even though we may pile-up layers of other things on top of it. It exists however, and even though the mere mention of this realization may seem to be very eastern in its understanding, the truth of the matter is that we all have an “I” within us, deep at our center.
To those who believe in a God, the “I” within us knows that somehow there is someone whether it is a supreme being or the manifestation of The Spirit of God, and His Son.
Many years ago I had practiced transcendental meditation and eastern thought, in search for what I thought was the truth.
Much of this is rooted in eastern religions and practices. Somehow the philosophy itself is rooted in the concept that the “I” within us is a manifestation of God Himself.
Another way of saying this is that one could reach a type of enlightenment, stripped of all the things that somehow hinder us, and then we could then reach a type of godhead, or perfection.
This concept is distinctly different from Christianity in that our deepest self is separate from the Great I AM.
In our deepest self, that “I,” one can experience the Spirit of God there. That Spirit is not our spirit. The two can be joined, and yet they are separate from each other.
This is a mystery, this self that is you or I. It is hidden from the world, but instead it is displayed to others as we add on to it, our personalities, emotions, opinions, beliefs and communication.
We can’t just simply show the world our spirits, because they are not seen. That I that is you or me, is not a transparent thing to behold, but it is seen by God Himself.
We do also have the voices from our childhood and our childhood years. There are times when perhaps the scolding voice of a parent prompts us to act or do things in a certain way.
We have a rational voice that speaks of that which is reasonable and logical. And of course we all have an emotional self that cries, laughs, loves and fears.
There is also that voice that can distract, tempt, and deceive us. We may discern this as the enemy of our souls and realize that he does not desire anything good for us.
It’s probably a good thing that our very inner person, or spirit, is not on display to the world around us. Our lives and world would become like a science fiction story.
But all of these different facets of us, are not the deepest self within. That part of us, the very inner core, needs to be nurtured.
Those times when I have been alone in nature or simply taking a walk, can awaken or help us become more aware of our self.
Many of us lead very busy lives and we neglect the time needed for reflection, and being aware of who we really are. Socrates said, “Know thyself.”
Without truly knowing who we are, then we can’t really be honest and understanding of others. But it is also true, that God knows us better than we could ever know ourselves.
~ Stephen Hanson
Stephen Hanson of In His Truth Ministries came to The LORD is a special way in 1975 and has prophesied regularly since. In these end-time birthing pangs we are reminded that judgment must first begin with the household of God. Will we be prepared and ready?