Lesson 4: Getting to Know All of Yourself

When someone asks you, “How well do you know yourself?” How quick are you to respond? It is a simple question that people often take for granted when it comes to the true breadth of a possible answer.

Many people would be quick to reply with, “I feel that I know myself pretty well, after all, I’ve been living with myself for over three years.” 

But as soon as they are asked basic, yet unexpected questions such as, “How many bones do you have in your body, how many muscles do you have in your face, and how many miles of blood vessels are in your body?” they are taken aback and unable to answer.

Most people are surprised to learn that there are 206 bones in their bodies, 43 muscles in their face, and that if all of their blood vessels were laid out in a line it would be about 100,000 miles long. That’s four times around the earth.

Getting to know your true self means getting to know all of yourself – the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of you.

In this lesson, we aim to bring out the curiosity that you will need to know yourself better

Key Concepts

Wonder and appreciation

With all the eating, getting dressed, or even writing, how often do you stop to think about all the incredible things that your hands do for you? 

You don’t have to be a doctor or an expert in human anatomy but it is important to have a sense of wonder and appreciation for all the things that are part of you. They could be as simple as a body part or as complex as your emotional responses to good and bad news.

Developing this curiosity is crucial if you want to get to know your true self and the different levels that it manifests.

Dependency of your components

Having curiosity about your different components has a practical impact on your life. Say for example you get injured and you are unable to walk with your right leg for a few days. How would you compensate so that you can go about your daily activities? You would use your hands to move crutches or a wheelchair.

Your body, your mind, your emotions, and your spirit works in a similar way. You depend on each one of these essential components of yourself while they work together as a team. It is your duty to assess if each one is performing optimally and then to bring back balance to the harmony as you fulfill your purpose.