What's behind the sense of "I am"? Who's living, and who's facing
death? Who or what am I, essentially? Will some part of me continue on after
death? Is there an unchanging, eternal part of me? Am I a part of some
unchanging, eternal essence?
Occasional individuals throughout history have told of finding the answer to
those questions, and their testimonies often have a surprising consistency.
As my friend and teacher Richard Rose wrote: "Beyond the mind is a
golden find...." For individuals seeking to find the answer
for themselves, those testimonies
provide helpful clues for pursuing the search
to a successful conclusion.
For some searchers, working by themselves is the preferred method. Others
intuit that finding a few fellow seekers to work with may expedite their
progress. Still more fortunate may be those who find a living person who has
made the journey and can provide assistance from the perspective of that
realization. The Self-Discovery site is designed to offer all three modes of
The Philosophical Self-Inquiry Groups are aimed at
implementing maximum systems of self-discovery an approach which can be
duplicated anywhere by finding a few people to work with. See FirstKnowThyself.org for examples.
The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. ~ Thomas Edison
If I were to distill one main lesson from the research described in this book, it is that we are pawns in a game whose forces we largely fail to comprehend. We usually think of ourselves a sitting in the driver's seat, with ultimate control over the decisions we make and the direction our life takes; but, alas, this perception has more to do with our desires with how we want to view ourselves than with reality. ~ Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational
The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already. But the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already without a shadow of doubt what is laid before him. ~ Leo Tolstoy