The Hidden Me

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There is an outer me that everyone who meets me sees. I get to choose how I present that me to the world. What clothes I wear, whether I smile or laugh or not, I can put on the best face possible to make good impressions, I can pretend to be someone that I’m really not. In a way the outer me is an actor playing the role that I have chosen on the world’s stage. I play the part and even get caught up sometimes thinking that it is real. Most people who meet me only see the outer me. They may think that they know me, but they have only met the outer me. They have seen the window dressing that I have carefully arranged. They see the wrapper without ever tasting the food on the inside. They have but seen the image that I have presented.

 

There is also an inner me that is hidden from the rest of the world. This is the real me that I have to live with. I know the truth about who I really am. The inner me is shy to allow people to see him, “Will they like me? Will they accept me as I am? Will they reject me? Will I be hurt again from those who I allow to see me as I really am? Should I take a chance with this person and allow them to see me as I am?” These are some of the questions that I ask myself. There is an inner dialogue that is continually going on inside my head. Sometimes I wonder if I know the real me at all.

 

Many people I know do not want to face the real person who they are on the inside. They do not like to be left alone with their thoughts. They continually play music, watch TV, are on the internet, or they are with other people. All this is an attempt to not have to be alone with themselves, that is, the real person that they are on the inside. They stay BUSY, BUSY, BUSY all of the time in order to not be faced with the person on the inside. They only have a passing knowledge of their inner self without ever getting to know who that person really is. Is it that they do not like who they really are? Are they afraid of this person? Why don’t they like their own thoughts?

 

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I have found that I like being the real me. I used to hate this person, but I am now comfortable with myself and enjoy my own company. I now like the person that I am. This opens up a whole new way of looking at life. For no longer do I hide the real inner me with the outward window dressing and play-acting, but I desire for the world to meet this person that I am happy being. I have become transparent allowing people to see who I really am. I am no longer afraid  of being hurt, for I have also become strong. I can display all of my inner qualities for all to see without shame or remorse. In a very humble way I am proud of who I really am. I have learned to love myself for who I really am. I am best friends with ME.

 

I have labored long and hard to discover how to change and reform the inner me. I have taken care to fill the inner me with positive, uplifting, empowering, motivating, energizing, and spiritual thoughts. These thoughts have changed me from the “me” that I hated and despised, to the “new me” that I love and am best friends with. The Book of Proverbs says, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” I have carefully changed the thoughts that I think and have successfully changed who I am.

 

Sadly many people who I have known for many years still remember the old me, and refuse to take the time to get to know the new me. To them I will always be the old man that they remember. I agree with them too. I hate and despise that old man too. I wouldn’t allow him in my house much less ever trust him or become friends with him. The old man deserved to die a painful death, and I have killed him, and he is no more. It required that I learn the thoughts of God to learn how to do that. That is indeed the subject of the entire Bible, parts of which are used and recognized by numerous religions. The main subject is redemption, that is, to change the old man or woman into a new man or woman. I have found that to be real and personal and not religious at all. I find it to be natural and normal. Anyways I won’t argue with success for I know it works by experiencing it myself.

 

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The new me is kind, generous, loving, caring, full of good deeds, living for others and not just myself. The new me loves nature and beauty in all the forms that it comes in. He loves to meditate and to internalize positive new thoughts that will change him even more for the better. The attitude of the new me is to “take me or leave me based on who I truly am”, and “if you choose to cast me aside, that is your loss and decision, not mine”. I am at peace being who I truly am on the inside. The burden has been lifted and my chains are gone. I am as a lost child or pet who has returned home. I now have confidence and I trust myself.

 

The secret to winning with people is to be someone that you yourself are comfortable with. Quit being uncomfortable in your own skin. Learn the secrets of change and renewal. You too can put to death the old person that you despise and are ashamed of, and see a birth take place of a brand-new you. I witnessed this miracle inside of myself and I know that it is available to you and to anyone who wants it. It is one of the wonders of life. Just take the time to learn the secrets of how it is done. Life is fair to all, that is, to all who learn the laws that govern life and apply them to their own lives, and learn to live in harmony with these laws. Those who do not do this will have the mistaken belief that life isn’t fair. It is ignorance that binds and enslaves the human race.

 

So the inner me is clearly seen to all who wish to see him. He will come out in the words that I write and the counsel that I give. In all the words that I write you will find me hiding and also unveiled. I am as a shining light set on a hill clearly seen by all who care to look. I am not ashamed of him, I respect and love this new me. I humbly and proudly present him to you and to everyone else. I am now comfortable in my own skin. I wish this same blessing to all you who read these words. Shalom my friends.

 

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Before you can know any man, as he really is, you must observe him in all the foregoing moods, and perhaps more, which is practically the equivalent of saying that you have no right to judge others at sight. Appearances count, there can be no doubt of that, but appearances are often deceiving.

 

It takes a lot of careful observation to know a person as he or she truly is. People are very complex with different levels to their personality. People can be likened to a huge mansion or palace with thousands of rooms. Behind each door is a part of the building that is completely unknown until it is entered into. And most of the rooms are off limits to the average person and only intimate acquaintances and family members are allowed to enter. To get to know a person will require time, a lot of conversation, and much careful observation of how they behave in many different situations. Very few people take the time to do this with more than just a hand-full of individuals. And yet they are quick to criticize and judge others without really knowing them at all. Some have said that to know all is to forgive everything. One thing that I notice as I grow older is that the more that I learn and experience in life, the more I am willing to forgive others their faults and failures. Seeing the bigger picture really clears up the surrounding landscape and makes everything make sense. I am much more forgiving today of myself and others than I was at any previous time in my life.

 

Before anyone can judge others correctly or rightly, they must see everything. I remember hearing a story about a man on a subway in New York. At one stop another man and his three children got on the subway. The father just sat down and started staring off into space. His children got really noisy and rowdy causing a lot of discomfort to the other passengers. The man watching all of this began judging the father for not telling his children to behave. Finally it got to the point where this man took action and confronted the father about the noise his children were making. The father looked up and said, “Yes, I guess my kids are making a lot of noise and disturbing people. I don’t know how to handle it, because we just came from the hospital where their mother died a few minutes ago.” Immediately the attitude of this man changed. Instead of being judgemental he immediately was filled with compassion for this father and his children. He saw the reason behind the bad behavior in these children and instead of judging them and this father, he now felt a great sadness for their situation.

 

Appearances like physical beauty are only skin deep. If you only go by what your eyes and ears tell you, you will never see what is really going on. There is always much more to a situation than what the eye can see. One of the reasons many people love mystery and detective stories, television programs, and movies so much is because of the ability of the detective to uncover the hidden truth, and to explain clearly what actually happened. The average person is unable to see the pieces of evidence and the clues left behind. But the sharp mind of the detective can easily see these things. So they love reading or watching Sherlock Holmes and others perform their seemingly miracles to solve mysteries.

 

This course has been so designed that the student who masters it may take inventory of himself and of others by other than “snap judgement” methods. The student who masters this philosophy will be able to look through the outer crust of personal adornment, clothes, so-called culture, and the like, and down deep into the heart of all about him. This is a very broad promise! It would not have been made if the author of this philosophy had not known, from years of experimentation and analysis, that the promise can be met. Some who have examined the manuscripts of this course have asked why it was not called a course of Master Salesmanship. The answer is that the word “salesmanship” is commonly associated with the marketing of goods or services, and it would therefore, narrow down and circumscribe the real nature of the course. It is true that this is a course in Master Salesmanship, providing one takes a deeper-than-the-average view of the meaning of salesmanship.

 

Basically what this is talking about is that this course teaches people discernment and wisdom. That IS a very broad promise, but one that can be fulfilled. Wisdom comes from having your inner eyes opened to see what is really happening around you, in you, and in others. It is the ability to look at a situation and to see what is the underlying issue and the inner workings of that situation. Very few people attain to having wisdom. It is beyond most people simply because they have never taken the time to apply themselves to learn it. It takes study and meditation of how things work to gain wisdom. Most people are sheep and they follow the leaders that guide them. A person who has wisdom charts their own course. They are not followers, but leaders and trailblazers. Jesus told his disciples to be wise as servants and harmless as doves. The serpent is a symbol of wisdom. So he wants his disciples to attain unto wisdom but at the same time to be harmless as doves. A dove doesn’t hurt or harm any creature. They are seen to be completely harmless. So the best position to be in is to have great wisdom but to be clothed in the innocent disguise of a dove. Wisdom isn’t something to be shown off to everybody. Because once a person is lifted up in pride, they will no longer possess wisdom. Pride and wisdom are opposites, but wisdom and meekness dwell together.

 

It is one things to wear a watch on your hand and quite another thing to understand how it works. You can buy an airline ticket and fly in a Boeing 747, but it is entirely different to know how to fly one or how to manufacture one. You can drive your car without ever knowing how to repair it when it breaks down. In like manner you can see the outward symptoms and appearances of situations, problems, and people; without ever really knowing how to understand them or to fix them. But by studying diligently how all these things work and interrelate to each other, you can learn wisdom and gain understanding. It will come neither quickly nor easily, but it will indeed come if you apply yourself to study and meditation without ever quitting.

 

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