The theme of “Know Thyself” has recently come up for me in two different arenas; the Kemet Nu Know Thyself Educational Tour in Egypt and Know Thy Self Adinkra Cards with symbols that originate in West Africa and convey traditional Afrikan wisdom, that I pull to see the quality for the day!
Self-knowledge is a lifelong journey of self-inquiry, self-discovery and self-acceptance. Furthermore, self-knowledge is also directly tied to life purpose or soul’s calling. Why were you born and what are you on earth to be or do?
“Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi
You continue to learn more about yourself; your beliefs and values, preferences and dislikes too. For those over 55 who’ve pursued your education, raised a family, worked in the corporate or public sector, or managed your own business:
- What are your gifts, those attributes that you were born with or simply come easy to you?
- In what ways are you sharing your gifts, particularly in your elder years?
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Laozi
Through your family, career or business, you’ve also developed skills and talents; perhaps even developed mastery. Mastery in the arts, technology, spirituality, health and healing, world affairs…The point I want to make is that if your children are grown, you’ve retired or perhaps separated from your partner, or you’re simply in a place of transition, and healthy, you still have something of value to share!
- Are you involved or open to be involved in continuing education, an active senior center or program that engages or stretches you in BodyMindSpirit?
- In what ways do you function as a ‘wise elder’ sharing your unique skills and talents with younger generations, individually or in groups?
To Know Thyself is an evolutionary journey, an adventure! As I reflect on my purpose and work in the world at this time, I’m experimenting with how best to describe myself. For a short while, I’ve referred to myself as a Soul’s Calling Activist. However, now I want to call myself a SoulKhemist, (Soul Alchemist) who liberates mature women to fulfill their Soul’s Calling and purpose in the world. Please tell me what you think:
- Does SoulKhemist create curiosity or confusion?
- Does it invite an explanation or conversation?
- When you read or hear it, what do you think it means and how do you feel?
In conclusion, to “Know Thyself” is an ever-evolving exploration. Thank you for sharing this aspect of it with me. I welcome your feedback and questions.
- How has your self-knowledge shifted and what do you know to be true about yourself now?
“The more you know yourself the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end – you don’t come to an achievement; you don’t come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.” – Unknown