I wanted to share this quote that I just uncovered. I had been searching lawofone.info for the phrase “selfhood” and this quote came up as one of three quotes that contained it. I am partially posting this 1.) as an appreciation for the quote itself 2.) as a conversation on the nature of selfhood
103.8 Questioner: I didn’t mean to cover previously covered material. I meant to add any of this to specifically focus on at this time, the best possible thing that we or the instrument could do to improve these energies, the salient activity.
Ra: I am Ra. Before responding we ask your vigilance during pain flares as the channel is acceptable but is being distorted periodically by the severe physical distortions of the yellow-ray, chemical body of the instrument.
Those salient items for the support group are praise and thanksgiving in harmony. These the group has accomplished with such a degree of acceptability that we cavil not at the harmony of the group.
As to the instrument, the journey from worth in action to worth in esse is arduous. The entity has denied itself in order to be free from that which it calls addiction. This sort of martyrdom, and here we speak of the small but symbolically great sacrifice of the clothing, causes the entity to frame a selfhood in poorness which feeds unworthiness unless the poverty is seen to be true richness. In other words, good works for the wrong reasons cause confusion and distortion. We encourage the instrument to value itself and to see that its true requirements are valued by the self. We suggest contemplation of true richness of being.
I find this quote to be quite poignant and can be looked at from many perspectives. Although I am a little bit confused at their use of the word “clothing”, “sacrifice of the clothing”, is the “clothing” the actions which feed into addiction? Carla’s body, the vehicle, her actions, the clothing? I have no idea. Anyone? lol
Lately I have been pondering the idea of “self”. Hmm… what is this “self”? A word we probably all use in some sense every day!
It seems like we all have a different sense of self. So, going off of that, it seems like the concept of “self” and the concept of “individualism” or “individuation” might be linked somehow.
We all seem to have a different self, and yet, I get the sense that all these “different selves” are just components of a larger “self”. It’s kind of like a country, or a neighborhood. Everyone has their little space contained in a larger whole.
Is a “sense of self” a product of individuation? Hmm… I’m not too sure. I would love to hear y’alls thoughts
edit: after reading some more quotations, found this one:
This quotation seems to imply that, at the very least, the violet-ray has a distinguished “selfhood”. I wonder if this applies to all the rays, and if rays are simply microcosms of the self