While reflecting upon how to begin my book, Reflections on Being Your True Self in Any Situation, it occurred to me that I have been working on it for most of my life—which now stretches many decades beyond its beginning in a sleepy little town in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado.
A Quiet Childhood
That town is not so sleepy these days. But when I grew up there in a house my father built on a lot that had been part of an apple orchard, there were pheasants in the alfalfa field across our dirt road. Pigs and chickens lived at the tiny farm on the corner, and a herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle grazed peacefully on the other side of the main street with the rather ambitious name of Littleton Boulevard.
Life was quiet in those days. As an only child, I relished the silence of my home life and delighted in the peace I found as an avid reader. I would spend hours alone on my swing set or sitting in the gnarled old apple tree whose sturdy branches cradled my musings.
Meeting My Wise Inner Counselor
In those calming hours, I became well-acquainted with the inner presence that only years later I decided to call my Wise Inner Counselor™ and that I now know as my True Self.
I suppose I had to wander far afield from that inner guide before learning its value. If we do not pay attention, life in this world has a way of distracting us from what is most essential. Anyway, that is what happened to me. Perhaps to you, as well.
Paying Attention to the Inner Voice
These days I do not believe we can afford to ignore the inner voice. We can no longer assume that life will benignly carry us along to some happy conclusion. There are too many forces relentlessly determined to do exactly the opposite.
Fortunately, the True Self is stronger, wiser and more loving than the outer self—which for most of us is a false self that has developed from defense mechanisms or survival techniques rather than from a sense that there is more to us and life itself than the mere pursuit of the things of this world.
Life has pruned me of many desires and attachments to those outer distractions. What remains is a longing to feel the presence of my True Self and to be that Self in any situation. I want to make better use of this precious life I am living. I want to contribute more understanding to the world. And, most of all, I want to partner with my Wise Inner Counselor to complete the great work that is mine to do.
In fact, Reflections on Doing Your Great Work in Any Occupation is the title of the companion book to this volume—for being and doing are really two halves of the same process that our True Self fashions throughout our lives.
My Perception Has Evolved
These books are reflective of the evolution of my own perception of what it means to be your True Self and to engage that Self as Love in action. These books are written for those of you whose greatest desire is to transcend your former self, because that is exactly what the Wise Inner Counselor does.
With transformation in mind and with the understanding that our reach must exceed our grasp in this life, it is my hope that you will find the reflections in this book and its partner useful on your own path of Self-discovery.
May your Wise Inner Counselor guide and guard you all the days of your life.