When we see an iceberg – we see this floating piece of ice and believe what we see is all of it. Similarly, we believe we are only that which we can see of ourselves and each other.
We focus on the outer aspects of ourselves – What we do, How we present ourselves, Who we know. It is these aspects that we believe define us, and society at large identifies us based on these aspects.
So we develop our gaze to focus on these outer aspects, and work hard on improving them. We continually work and aspire towards changing, acquiring, developing things, labels, identification that relate to this outer expression of ourselves.
However; just like an iceberg we are much much more.
The part of the iceberg we see is just a tip of what is actually a gigantic mass that lies hidden beneath.
Similarly; what we know of others or present of ourselves, is just a drop in the ocean of our hidden being-ness. The inner depths is not seen nor known even; and it is this that we begin to explore when we begin to question ‘Who AM I?’
The journey within; is this exploration of our true entire selves – that which is known and that which is still unknown or hidden. There is so much of ourselves we are yet to discover and know.
In walking this path of inner awareness, understanding and recognition we begin to see the wholeness of ourselves. We come to appreciate that we are way more powerful or bigger than we ever imagined we could be. We realise that we are a huge island of potential on our own. We begin to see that all the floating icebergs around, too have hidden power and potential thus unseen and unknown. We begin to comprehend that we are are all connected and floating through a common ocean of oneness. We then consider that we possibly are just another expression of this ocean of oneness and that eventually we will all merge and melt back into this ocean from where we have come.
This is probably not a new analogy, but it certainly is a highly relevant one. Starting your journey within is a huge task. However, the beauty that you will come to know and the depths of strength, power and potential that lies within you; can only be understood when you begin to see the whole of who you truly are.
So begin the journey and float into the existential reality of yourself….may your ride be easy and smooth and may it reveal to you the full beauty of what lies within.