Discover Yourself Through This Fun and Simple Exercise
Discovery of ones innermost self can be incredibly taxing. Most people fail to ever realize themselves fully. Those that succeed usually have a structured program to get there.
The author Robert Anton Wilson tries to guide readers to their innermost selves through a book known as “Prometheus Rising“. He structures the book as self help that works readers through the stages of Timothy Leary’s 8 neurological circuits model.
He does this through a series of self discovery exercises and analysis of spiritual topics.
The following excerpt is one of my favourite of his exercises. I highly recommend giving it a try if only because its a fun meditation. Who knows, you may end up discovering something completely new about yourself.
The Exercise in Self Discovery
Find your favourite spot for meditation. Or if you’ve never found your spot before, take the time to do so. Begin by asking yourself exactly how it was you came to be in the spot you’re in. Follow that by asking how it was those events came to be. Chain your thoughts at each stage by focusing on the “how” and the “why”.
Exercises in self discovery like this can be taxing. Take breaks if need be. Use a pen and paper to track your thoughts if you find it helpful for staying focused. Avoid questions with no obvious answers like “why did the universe start”. The purpose isn’t to muddle oneself. But to discover the subtle factors that motivate us.
By the end you should be asking yourself questions like “why did my parents have me” or “why do computers exist to have found this content”. These questions are more complex and fun to attempt to answer. Relax once you’re done. A few days later try the exercise again. This time focus on asking new questions. Ones that hadn’t occurred to you earlier.