Season 2,
45 Min

Episode 41: How Do We Get Lost From Ourselves?

February 20, 2017

How do we get lost from our true selves?  Do we simply get caught up in all the ‘stuff’ of life?  Are we simply too busy to ask the deeper questions?

Or is there a tacit conspiracy in our society against knowing who we really are?

It was the intriguing title to a book by Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Really Are that got me wondering.  Many of us on this search to discover our deeper selves.  Many of us are on a journey to find out who we really are beyond all the stuff we own, all the roles we play and all the fleeting experiences we have.  But is this journey even harder than we think?

Is there really a taboo against knowing who you really are?

Well, let me just say that Alan Watts is always an interesting read, and this Book is no different.  He starts off with the challenging quote:

“The prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination.”

That made me really laugh.  Partly because it’s true.  We do think of ourselves as an individual personality safely protected inside our bodies of skin and bone.  But I also laughed because it’s so bold.

In this episode, Clay and Sarah discuss:

* what is taboo against knowing who you really are

* what Zen Buddhism has to say about it

* Does this taboo come from a system of thinking, is it like The Matrix?

* Where do we think “I” resides

* What other things about ourselves are taboo?


Great to hear what you think.  How do we fall out of touch with our true selves?  Is it a result of our social system? Can we make a choice to ‘get back in touch’, to ‘rediscover ourselves’? Or are there things that have been so ingrained into our way of thinking, we can never truly Know?


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