There is something in every one of you that awaits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will, all of your life, spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.
If I asked you the question, “Who are you?” you would probably give me an answer like mother, father, sister, brother, teacher, mechanic, seamstress, lawyer, wife, banker, waitress, or some other identification having to do with how you see yourself in relation to the outer world.
I have a new grandson who is now 5 months old. I call him the Baby Buddha because that is what he is. He sits quietly with his big, wide eyes, curious about everything, shining his innocence and radiance into the world for all to see. As I recognize his perfection, I know that we all began that way, undamaged and innocent, radiant and filled with light.
For our sake and the sake of others around us, we need to go back to the beginning. We can do so by asking the question, “Who am I?” Who am I beyond all the false beliefs and stories I’ve held about myself? Who am I beyond the distractions I create? Who am I beyond my fear? Who am I beyond what you want me to be?
Asking these questions is the beginning of self-discovery. Finding out who we are on a deeper level brings us to a freedom and personal integrity beyond anything we’ve ever experienced. You find the desire to forgive yourself and others for your own sake and peace of mind. You can see, maybe for the first time, that you are lovable and worthy and deserving of all the happiness that you have desired. You begin to live a glorious life of integrity and truth, and you will no longer “spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls!”
I am perfect!
I am whole!
I am complete!
Rev. Karen Wylie