Inherent Value by Su Maya
The other day I was asking a friend if they knew how truly valuable they were. They said , “No, not really.” I mean if you knew how great your true self was you would really cherish it. It is worth more than millions of dollars.
What is the true self, and where do you find it?
The true self is deep inside of you. It is the stuff the mystic masters talked about in their dissertations to followers. It is hard to measure by worldly standards. You cannot place a yard stick against it and see how long it is, because it extends into Infinity.
You cannot put it in a container like a jug made of clay, or a barrel, or a lake. Your real self is not containable. Only while you reside in a physical body do you say, “This is me, I am here.” It is only attached to matter, not really controlled by it. When your body dies, your real self can expand again. This goes for humans as well as animals.
Likewise, if you place value on the things you have collected, the money in the bank, the cars, trucks, property and houses that hold them, you might miss the point. These items do have value, but when you leave this body, you will leave it all behind. The next generation will use them, or they will end up in a thrift store, but they will not be viewed the way you see them.
In some sense, it is a matter of perspective. For instance, an antique passed down from your Grandmother may have sentimental value, plus it may have collectible or auction value which fluxuate with the market. It will not be seen the same way as each observer will take in what they will through their filters of experience. One person will pass it by thinking “oh, another dusty set of table and chairs”. Another will bid for it beyond market value because it matches the decor in their dining room. No two people will see it the same.
Our filters are a blueprint of our values. As we were growing up, experiences were imprinted on the psyche and we developed a blueprint for life. It is very hard to change these, except by conscious application of new ideas and practice. It is much easier to modify them by small increments, adding or subtracting bits and pieces.
Sometimes more powerful events shape our lives and therefore the values we hold dear, like when a tornado or flood destroys homes and businesses. In the aftermath you hear survivors saying “At least we still have each other.”
This brings me to the next level, which relates to religious or spiritual values. If you were brought up with a backround that stresses the good in an ethical life, and the rewards in the afterlife, you may have a multi-dimensional viewpoint. It would guide you to avoid temptations that would cut your intrinsic value, for example, mercenary killing, cheating or stealing for money, drugs, arms or slave trades. These lines of business would cause you to have deep emotional and psychological conflicts, sensing that you were in deed selling your soul.
You are more valuable than that. Your true self is greater than can be measured. No job in this world is worth giving that up. A poor person may be more valuable because they forfieted some terrible compromise. Someone who has a lot of guilt or shame over past actions can redeem themselves and make amends. They may take on a burden uncharacteristic to their previous lifestyle. It may not be visible now; not to your employer, not to your family, or anyone who resists the choice to stay loyal to God and His decrees.
Keep the faith, and remember these choices are only temporary. If you get confused by eloquent arguments, go back and read the 10 Commandments, the simplest outline for doing what is right.
What will last forever is your Soul, your inheritance and connection to the Almighty who knows all, inside and out.