The purpose of my life is to get over “myself”. The Dalai Lama celebrates generosity, forgiveness, compassion . . why should I not start being compassionate to me, by forgiving self for the ways I have allowed the hijacking of my own compassion and peace of mind.
To know thyself is a command from Masters of all creeds, there is a difference between thyself and myself. This is a topic for another day.
As the saying goes “charity begins at home”. Home is within ones self, or ones own heart. There is no true compassion until I am filled with my own. The goal is to accept the peaceful state where there is no compulsive obsession to political correctness.
Myself is an idea or image or altered ego of the one I call me; how I see myself in relation to you; how I imagine others see me, and how I present myself; with my body and my mind. Another way to explain myself is to say I am my own production. Because the souls presence is forgotten this self that is so busy holding the production together, can only be a superficial and incomplete version of itself.
How many times in a day do I insist on my slavery to political correctness, how many times are my actions propelled by “I have to, or, I must or, I should”? Or, if I don’t, they will? Think of the arrogance of imagining I am not as good, or that I am better than others. According to some imagined standard decreed by the tyrannical, insecure, frightened self, I demand respect and I demand understanding; even knowing that respect and understanding are fruits of my own self-respect and self-understanding, rather than requirements or rights to be demanded from others.
Why not simply “just do it”, be the compassion without censorship? It is very easy to theorize on how to change ideas and create new realities.
Building new neural networks for this desired state requires that no slavery to political correctness exist to reinforce and hold this characteristic and its behavior in place. The mind must be “forty days in the wilderness”, present, aware, and wholly centered in the new desired reality in order to grow new neural pathways to accommodate the true state of love that engenders forgiveness and compassion.
The lazy mind will fight strongly for the comfortable known patterns of thought, or, alternatively will be inclined to develop another equally “selfish” persona using many of the familiar old pathways. This can be called the great battle, the Pilgrims Progress, the Divine Comedy the Journey of the Master.