“Awaken Your Greatness!” #ThingsILearned

You see the article and blog titles all across the internet these days:

“Awaken Your Greatness,” “Find Your Bliss,” “Learn To Love Yourself,” “Your Best Self Now!” And so on, and so forth.

Very good.

I can’t write one of those articles.

This very subject (awaken your greatness) was brought to my attention recently and I was surprised at how difficult it was for me to come up with an intelligible response. However, by the time I finished speaking, I realized that the reason I was having so much trouble is related to how I no longer look at myself through critical and judgmental eyes. In the past, whenever I thought about my “level of greatness,” I always ended with the conclusion that I was wasting my talent, wasting my time, and wasting my one chance at life. I held (and to be honest it’s still there, lurking) a deep belief of embodying ‘waste.’ Because I lived from that place, I always thought I needed any advice about awakening, or learning to love myself, or finding my bliss, and so on and so forth. But here’s the catch: as long as I lived from that place of internal lack, no article in the world, and no advice received could penetrate that wall.

Now here is what I learned over the past several years:

Everything I want to be, I already am.

Rumi says it like this:

“Your job is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers you’ve built against it.”

Mooji constantly reminds us

Our true complete Self cannot be achieved or created. IF it is the truth then it must already exist — right here, right now. Not knowing and recognizing this truth is delusion; simply put away your delusions.

All of the Masters and literature support this basic understanding: There is no separation from Source, which is perfect, therefore that which is not removed from Source must also be perfect.

(This usually leads people to think about all of the imperfection that exists within themselves, and especially throughout the world. This is valid and it is worthy of discussion. But that is for another day and another post.)

So, having put effort towards coming to terms with already being great — not buying into the idea that anything needs to be awakened or created or generated — staying with what feeds my greatness and slowly moving away from behaviors that do not — I arrived one day in a place where the idea “awaken your greatness” was a foreign topic to my brain.

But  if you absolutely need a word of advice today — if you cannot come to terms with the idea that you are, right now, Fully Awake and Fully Great — I may have something for you:

When the Masters say “that which you are seeking is where you are seeking from,” the ‘that’ they are referring to is expressed in the urge to read articles and click on links that promise to have an answer. When you see “Awaken Your Greatness” and feel the need or desire to go see what it is about? It’s “That” which tells you to inquire.When you see a homeless person on the street and feel moved to give them time/money/attention? It’s “That” which tells you to give. When your coworker is sick at home and something tells you to call and check in on them? It’s “That” which tells you to call. Close your eyes, remember what it felt like to first read “Awaken Your Greatness.” What moved inside of you? Who was the one that wanted to know more? Who is the one that silently hoped something useful would be found in these words?

That One is It.

If you can tune into that one as often as possible, doing as it wants to do, and not doing as it wants not to do, you will begin to know your already existing greatness for yourself. Already awake. Already complete. Already whole. Already at peace. Already here.

Then maybe one day someone will ask you to expound on the subject “Awaken Your Greatness” and you will find it difficult to form words to describe what is obvious.

Sat Nam.


Louis C.K. has an excellent bit in which he talks about sitting in first class and thinking about giving up his seat to a soldier that’s moving past him into coach. He does not give up his seat but just having the idea satisfies his feeling of “being a good person.” This exactly illustrates what I’m talking about in this post.

1) The urge to give up his seat is his greatness, it already exists,

2) but his desires for comfort and aversions to having less prevent him from acting on it.

3) And then the delusion of accepting “I’m a good person just for thinking about giving up my seat” solidifies his current state.