The essence is the real in us; the original that is not contingent upon or produced by something external. It is our original inherent nature, a presence that can have a variety of qualities within. Perhaps it is experienced as peace, as calm and tranquility, as joyful or strength and firmness. A being-ness that we all experience in flashes, but most often without realizing that it is who we really are.
The essence is always present in us, but the mind is often so full of thoughts and ideas that the essence is not discovered. To integrate the work of the essence, that which is true, that which describes the real, the genuine in us, makes working with self-development deeper and more meaningful. The essence gradually become a permanent and continuous presence that becomes a center and one's identity. When we allow the essence to emerge, our lives tranforms, our way of being present, and we see that nothing is missing. Many describe it as a state of accomplishment and inner happiness.
Integration of depth psychology and the diamond Spirituality method, "Diamond Approach", which was developed by A. H. Almaas and Faisal Muqaddam, USA, integrates the work of the modern depth psychology and spirituality. It is based on an understanding of how we lose the essence during the early growth and development and how we can raise awareness and reclaim all aspects of the essence of our being.
The Diamond method explores the essential being-ness as the deepest truth about who we are. Here the spiritual journey is considered as a process in which the personality gradually releases its grip on our being while allowing the essence to come forward. This transforms our lives and enables us to realize our full potential.
To live our depth
The Essense expresses itself through many different qualities, strength, joy, love, trust and inner peace, and when these qualities again are awakened and activated in us, we fall effortlessly into a deeper state of being. We experience all these qualities in glimpses and therefore we also conscious as unconsciously have a longing to find ourselves, because we know it is possible to emanate out from ourselves and experience these qualities in a loving presence, one of Being.
To live from our own depth and with open heart, requires that we uncover the structure that is built around our essence, our core. It is a structure that contains elements from our history, from old patterns and beliefs of physical tension, emotions and our limiting self-image. The Essens work allows us to distinguish our true and false self and creates a new consciousness, so we can meet each other and ourselves from a deeper dimension.
Roles and Strategies
When we lose touch with the essence, our personality is trying to replace or cover up the inner feeling of emptiness, inferiority and insecurity, with our strategies and response patterns, for example by always being the strong, the funny, being busy or take care of all the needs of others. We maintain this way a kind of facade, an outer shield, in the hope that it can make us happy and valuable. It rarely succeed when our facade by and large only is an empty shell. A superficiality, which for most of us no longer feels nourishing and supporting, for deep down we know that this is not who we basically are. Unfortunately, we often identify with this need and believe it is all of us, but inside us are the soul, the essence, the original qualities that long to unfold and be seen and loved as what we originally are.
Loss of essense
As children we were in immediate contact with our natural self, our essence, with its different qualities. But we lose the connection during adolescence, and the essential qualities like love, strength and joy is lost or covered over.
This happens, as most parents are not aware of the essence and therefore can not support and mirrors the child in this presence. Instead, the child learns to shape and adapt to ambient wants and needs, through different roles and strategies, hoping to gain their acceptance and recognition. And thus the essence is lost as our personality is shaped.
The personality develops in parallel with the loss of essence to fill the void that occurs when the connecion to the essence is lost. We identify with the personality and believe it is who we are and thereby lose contact with more and more aspects of the essence, our spiritual qualities.
This loss of essence is the cause of th essential pain of many people, and as an adult, it often feels like a kind of defect or imperfection, as a deep sense of worthlessness and inadequacy, factors which greatly contributes to what we call burnout.
To regain the essense
The Essense is rarely completely lost because it has enormous vitality and strength. This is evident in children, how they repeatedly standing up in their liveliness and joy, although they are disappointed and lose courage. When we begin to release
ourselves from this false identity, there is unfolding a greater capacity in us. and the images or mental structures, the ego, dissolves. As the essence is developed and released, the ego is revealed and our inner liberation becomes more and more a reality.
In order to meet ourselves in all aspects, the unconscious must be made conscious and we need to develop our presence and attention, as well as our courage and sensitivity is needed. To dare to be open and vulnerable requires courage, sensitivity and compassion.
Working with the self
To work with oneself, to seek your own truth is for most people an inner calling, a longing for something deeper and genuine. Perhaps the journey is starts out from feelings of unhappiness, inferiority, stress, curiosity or the desire to move forward, but behind the many apparent reasons to start or continue the work itself, there is almost always a deep desire to find oneself, to be present and loving both to ourselves and to others. To be more authentic and to live in accordance with one's own values and beliefs about being true to the heart's desire and one's deepest feelings.
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