core essence

Today we ask that you investigate your core essence.

It is easy to see the core essence in children.  They are born with it.  As they grow and develop, they go through outward changes.  But the core essence of the child does not change.  Any parent with sensitivity is aware of this.

This never changes.  Though you may believe that you have changed greatly as you travel through life, there is a part of you that is the same as it has ever been.

This is your core essence.  The part of you that is intrinsically You.  The soul.  The essence.

If you look back on your life with clarity, you can perceive this core essence.  There is an unchanging You-ness at the heart of your life.  This essence existed before you were born into a physical body, and it will continue to exist after the body dies.  It is okay if you do not believe this.  But it is as true as any law of nature. 

Water may be ice or steam, but it is always intrinsically water.  Someone who did not know about this might not recognize water in its ice form or steam form, but ice and steam are water whether you know it or not.  When water turns to steam, not a single molecule is lost.

Such is the case with your core essence.  Your state may change over time.  You may exist at different states of density, like the water that can be ice, liquid, or steam.  But your essence is always the same.

The core essence is similar, also, to a “theme.”

A complex piece of music, like a symphony, will go through many movements.  However, there is always a core theme that runs through it, that the music weaves itself around.

This is also true in narrative fiction, in poetry, drama, novels, plays.  While stories go through many acts, there is a singular theme that runs beneath.

Most people go through their lives without understanding that there is a theme, or a core essence, that runs through it like the theme of a symphony, or Shakespearean play.

And yet this is so.

You can discover this theme if you regard your life with clarity, and some distance.  If you can step outside your narrative, whatever dramas you are caught up in at this moment, you can perceive your core essence.

Look back on who you were as a young child, still relatively free from adult concepts and beliefs about reality.

Can you see that you are the same?  That the essence of that child lives in you today?

Look at the key aspects of the child self.  Were you curious, inquisitive, precocious?  Were you playful and silly?  Were you loving?  Were you a rough-and-tumble child?  Were you gentle?  Did you love to be the center of attention, or were you shy?  Was there anything that especially fascinated you?  Did you have a sense of magical and invisible powers, a mystical streak?  Was your head in the clouds?  Or were you earthy and grounded?  What games did you love to play?

Can you perceive your core essence?  Can you see that it exists unchanged within you now?

It is good to connect with your essence.  To strip away all your masks and personas.  To strip away your identification as “teacher” or “writer” or “accountant” or “mother” or “sick person” or “Buddhist” or whatever it is you think you are, and connect with your essence.  

That part of you that has always been there.

That part, you should know, is utterly singular and unique.  It is like a snowflake.  There are no two alike.  There is no other essence identical to yours, anywhere in the universe.  Genetic twins have different essences.  Even very simple life forms, like single-celled organisms, have unique essences.  Animals have singular essences.  Humans certainly do.

This singular essence does not dissolve at physical death.  Contrary to some belief systems, the return to Source does not in any way cause the dissolution of the core essence.  You were you before you were born, and you will be you after you die.  Not your masks, not your false selves, but the True You.

Some of you have seen the classic film “Citizen Kane.”  In Orson Welles’ masterpiece, there is a mystery around the word “Rosebud” — the last utterance before death of a famous, wealthy newspaper tycoon and politician.  The film proceeds to play the major events of the life of this man, searching for the meaning of this word, searching for the theme.  In the end, “Rosebud” is revealed to mean something exquisitely simple, something that shows the core essence of the man, present in childhood.  It is the name of his True Self.

All of you have this, and most of you are not nearly as lost as the Orson Welles character in “Citizen Kane.”

Today, reconnect with your True Self.  Rejoice in who you really are, and who you always have been.  Live from this place, and you shall not go astray.