We are so familiar with ourselves as the person we look at in the mirror that we can forget who we truly are. When we do this, we make ourselves smaller than we are, and may mistakenly feel that there’s something to be fixed about ourselves or we may feel less than in some way. But this is never true; what is true is that you are magnificent and filled with infinite potential. This week’s message is about your journey into knowing yourself in a deeper way and why that matters. You’ll also see why you may have experienced some wake up calls and why this can actually be a good thing.
You’ll see too what ancient wisdom and the Temple of Luxor have to say about your soul journey in human form. Let’s dive in!
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Know Thyself Revisited
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; Mastering yourself is true power.” -Lao Tzu
Hi, I’m Elari Onawa, I’ve been a Life On Purpose Coach since 2003. I’m also the author of Just Believe How Faith In Yourself Shifts Everything! Welcome to messages for creating more of your version of awesome. Welcome to this week’s message Know Thyself Revisited.
We are so familiar with ourselves as the person we look at in the mirror that we can forget who we truly are. When we do this, we make ourselves smaller than we are and so may feel that there’s something to be fixed or we feel less than in someway. But this is never true, what is true is that you are magnificent and filled with infinite potential. You have an entire universe within you, let it be revealed. You are you and that is something to be celebrated and pondered and loved. That is one of the many reasons that I do what I do, to help people like you claim more of your brilliance and to be that powerful, wise and unlimited being that you are. We all deserve to live life from that beautiful way!
So, this week’s message is about our journey into knowing ourselves and why that matters. It’s an update to a blog post I published several years ago. I rediscovered it and then within a day, a subscriber sent me a message sharing that he’d found it too and the positive impact it had for him as he read it. Other timely events guided me to bring this powerful message into video form. The fact that you’re here, means that there’s something powerful here for you too. So, let’s dive in!
You are about to discover what ancient wisdom and the Temple of Luxor have to say about your soul journey in human form and knowing yourself on a fuller, truer way.
I’ve spent time in Egypt exploring temples, inside pyramids, and visiting sacred sites throughout the country. One of my favorite places is the Temple of Luxor. Steeped in thousands of years of spiritual initiation and study, I felt a deep sense of peace and well-being there. It permeated the atmosphere, the stone structures and the people who walked on this loving sacred soil. When I was exploring the Luxor Temple with some friends, I encountered thousands of orbs against the night sky, many captured in pictures like the one included here. All helping us see that there is so much more to life than what we often allow ourselves to see with our physical eyes!
The Luxor Temple is a beautiful place, where one can learn a lot about modern life!
As you walk into the temple of Luxor; you encounter two parts. In ancient Egypt, the outer temple was designed for beginning initiates. And the inner temple was where one could enter, only after proven ready to acquire the higher knowledge and insights.
My Spirit Guides tell me that
one must know the outer temple before you can truly know the inner temple. Let’s look at what that means.
Think of the inner temple as a state of being where you are in harmony with the Divine within and around you, and so all is well in a very real and tangible way! Higher knowing and peace are yours because you know who you are and are able to live from the wisdom of your Higher Self/Your Divine Inner Being!
The outer temple is the material realm, what we can experience with the five physical senses. In the outer temple, we see ourselves and life as materially-based.
When you think about it, our life journey is like the Inner and Outer Temples of the ancient Temple of Luxor.
In our youth, we immerse ourselves in the outer temple, the world of building careers, relationships, and acquisitions. It’s a world of doing and outward focus.
And then something happens that takes us into the inner temple. Perhaps we get disillusioned with our work, or things no longer hold the same appeal. We may experience what’s often called a failure or setback from the experience of the outer temple. This is actually a powerful time for us. What can begin as disillusionment can become a time of awakening and expansion! We are being called to know ourselves in a deeper and truer way. Some people call this a midlife crisis or a dark night of the soul. But it’s actually happening because we are ready to see and experience ourselves in a deeper, truer and more fulfilling way.
The symbolism in the tarot major arcana, (which means profound secrets), also points to similar wisdom about your soul journey in human form. You start out innocent and willing to explore and then you progress through different levels of awareness and being, from the young knight, who’s confident and ready to make his or her mark, to the hermit who withdraws to find deeper wisdom, to sitting on your own throne as the self-directed king or queen and beyond that to an expansive sense of self, peace and wisdom, and within that is a return to wonder and innocence, but this time we have deeper wisdom and appreciation for ourselves, life itself and everyone in it.
This call for deeper self-knowledge takes us into the Inner Temple … or as Jesus called it the Inner Kingdom or Temple. The Buddha called this a time when we called to shed the suffering that’s created by walking in the illusion of a false sense of self. We are called into the Inner Temple, so we can see who we truly are and gain that deeper wisdom as we experience physical form! And it is so good that we are called there!
One of the proverbs in the Outer Temple of Luxor is
“The body is the house of God or Source.”
In the Inner Temple, one of the many teachings is
“Man, know thyself … and thou shalt know the gods.”
A similar teaching was etched into the entrance of the Greek temple of Apollo many years later.
So, hmmm … who are you?
In this time of “busyness” and outward focus, we can forget and let external conditions dictate who we become. And when we over-identify with the material realm of doing and making things happen, life will feel hard. And you may find yourself struggling with long TO-DO lists and the illusion of scarcity of time, and perhaps even feeling like you are never enough in some way.
Which is why it is so important to nurture a daily awareness and practice that takes you into your inner temple for introspection and alignment with the deeper aspects of Soul or Higher Self.
This is where the magic happens, where you access creative wisdom which allows you to leap tall buildings in a single bound! We all know the appeal of superheroes. We’re called there because there’s something noble and true that reminds us of who we are in the deepest parts of ourselves, that mighty and powerful self that we truly are!
As you dwell in the Inner Temple, you come to know who you truly are … a powerful creator, so beautiful, already perfect beyond measure, eager to explore and create and at peace with yourself and all of life. You can even discover and expand access to your gifts and superpowers when you understand the purposes of the inner and outer temples.
Everything has a powerful purpose and is here for you.
Even when we are more outwardly focused, that too serves a powerful purpose. We learn a lot about ourselves and what we value and who we want to be, as we experience variety and contrast and interact with others. There’s nothing wrong with any of that! We cannot be self-realized, a self, an individual, without infinite variety and the freedom to choose any of it. When we come into the inner temple we come into our own. We choose and love from higher-self and embody who we truly are. This is also when we paradoxically, come to feel the deeper connection we share, as we play with others in the sandbox of time and space.
Emerson, Lao Tzu, Socrates, Plato, Buddha, Jesus and long before them, the teachers in the ancient mystery schools of Egypt, taught us to turn within to know ourselves and to consciously create, to be on purpose, rather than letting conditions dictate who we become.
We cannot be fulfilled or fully soul-expressed without a practice that takes us out of the outer temple and into the inner temple. We cannot be our best selves if we do not take the time to explore the universe that is within each of us.
So, what is your practice for visiting your inner temple? What do you consistently do to create a deeper awareness of your magnificence?
In all things that you choose and do, let them come from that beautiful place of higher knowledge that is within you! You experience it, as you slow your mind down and embrace the inner stillness. You also tune yourself to your higher wisdom when you slow down, breathe deeply, are present and appreciate yourself and your life. Here are two powerful resources if you’d like to know more about inner temple practices: 3 Fun and Easy Ways to Quiet an Overly-Active Mind and See the Beauty of Who You Truly Are!
If you’ve discovered something powerful today, claim that for yourself. Decide what you will do to know yourself in a deep, liberating way. And share this video message with others using the share button below!
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Walk in beauty,
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