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
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.
Whenever you are travelling in what I call the desert without any railroad tracks—you have no
trail to go by—you have to have some beacon light, something to guide you. Logic will not do it;
your faith alone will not do it; but intuition will. It will take you through the abstract realms.
Any system that pretends to take you into becoming has to have some mechanism for
facilitating your skill in becoming—the necessary skill—and that skill involves intuition. You
can’t argue it out logically, this is the whole thing.
So once you hear it—it amounts to the business of closing doors. The human mind is like this
room, and if they’re pounding on a piano next door, or the sirens are singing outside that
window, you’re going to be distracted, and your computer’s not going to work—because all this
stuff is continually going to be injecting itself into your problem. So the secret of course is
~ Richard Rose,
Laws, Yardsticks, Exaltations.
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