"You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with."
A lot of people talk about our "true self" or our "false self." Exactly what does all this stuff mean anyway? "I'm alive and here on this earth, so I must be true." you're thinking. "How can I be false?"
Well, the answer is a bit more complex than that and in true spiritual fashion a lot of wisdom traditions and spiritual teachers seem to keep things a bit mystical and therefore more cryptic. I'll try to explain these things a bit more simply because hey, I'm a simple guy.
First of all we have to stop thinking so literally and trying to put everything into a physical perspective. I know we live in a physical world, but there's lots going on around us that we can't detect that is not of this physical realm, but of the realm of the absolute, heaven, or space if you prefer.
Now, 99.9% of people, even atheists, agree that some sort of higher power exists. Your "true self" then, is not something we created or will create while here on this earth. It was created by god, the Universe, source energy, or what ever you want to call your idea of a higher power.
It is the "self" we are in our depths, at our core. Our Soul, if you will. It is our capacity for divinity, meaning love, compassion, and joy. It is our ability to transcend this physical realm and contemplate our real home, which is the realm of the absolute.
Your "false self" is the person you've created. It's that voice in your head that doesn't allow you to trust others. Otherwise known as the "ego." That competitive, ambitious voice that says you must win at all costs. It's who you think you are - for example your job. We often say "I am a ..., whatever your job happens to be, but you're not that at your core. Your false self has just convinced you that you are that as a form of protection from invisible and nonexistent enemies.
Your false self goes on to convince you that you are what you own, you are what you drive, you are what you wear, you are what others think of you, and it goes on and on. Of course we are none of those things, we just are identifying with them. And if you look at all those who do this, they are often the loneliest people you know even though they seemingly possess so much.
Once you realize what, and who your true self is, you will be able to be fulfilled from within, not from without. You see, this whole mumbo jumbo spiritual journey is not a journey at all. It's a discovery, no, a "remembering" of who you truly are.
Remembering who you truly are is your purpose in life, all the rest is just fluff. It's what your Soul longs to do. As soon as we're born we're really all on a return trip, a one way ticket home. To the realm of the absolute. From which we all came.
So make the best of your short stay here on this marvelous planet we call Earth. Explore, smell, taste and drink this world in. Treat people with kindness and compassion and love your fellow Souls while here.
Just remember who you truly are because once you know that, you will have realized your true creative powers and will never be lonely again.
You've been listening to the Soul Mechanic and it's been my absolute pleasure to serve you. Sending you Love, Happiness, and Abundance.
Now, and always.