Know thyself…. but do you really?

I've heard someone say that to know oneself is the beginning of enlightenment. And that a way to know thyself is to make a list of all one's faults, weaknesses, and despicable character traits . What? I had never heard this before and I didn't like the idea very much. I'd spent years transforming negative self beliefs into positive ones. Plus I thought, I don't really have many bad traits. I'm a good person. Still the idea intrigued me. How would listing my negative qualities be a good thing? Wouldn't it just make me feel bad about myself? Why would I want to focus on bad character traits. Wouldn't that just be a step backwards? Negative thinking isn't good. A Spiritual life is all about being positive. Right? Plus, I say self-assuredly, I've worked on self improvement my entire life, I just don't think it would be helpful. There really is no need for me to do this exercise. I think I know myself pretty well. While thinking how this could supposedly elevate my…

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