I have a dream. My dream is that we will come upon a time when culture does not describe regional groups, but individuals. Every person has within them the potential to grow their own culture. Every person can have their own way of speaking, their own way of seeing the world, their own songs and their own celebrations.
I am speaking of something more than just feeling free to express yourself. That feeling is available to everyone already. But people haven’t learned to take themselves to the fullest of their authentic selves, where they know their own truths, and this is what they want to express.
If you want to be authentically YOU, being yourself and honouring yourself, the first thing you need to know is what your truth feels like. How does it feel when you know something is true? Do you even know? Get in touch with it.
Ask yourself, What do you know is true?
If the first things that leap to mind are what you’ve been taught in a school or a church, put that to the side for a moment. Have the courage to find a truth that no one else is telling you.
Ask yourself, What did you believe as a child? What do you wish were true? These questions might help you get in touch with a truth more wild than you can currently imagine.
Build the Culture of You. Write your own songs, create your own rituals, create your story of reality.
Try asking yourself some questions now, and think about them for a while. Work on them slowly, just let them sit, figure them out like a Buddhist koan.
- Did the universe have a beginning?
- Is the universe finite or infinite?
- Is reality what we experience through our senses, or is it something else?
- Does an absolute, objective reality exist?
- Is consciousness merely the product of the brain?
- What are thoughts? Are they matter-based? Are they spirit? or mere illusion?
- Do souls or spirits exist? How do they come into being?
- What caused the “laws of nature” to be as they are?
- What happens when we die?
- Are good and evil real things?
Yes, it is hard work. I won’t lie, it is hard work to figure out what you believe. If you are a logical person with an interest in the universe, you might find yourself having to build an entire cosmology from the ground up, with no one else’s ideas to guide you.
But the work is the most beautiful and worthwhile thing imaginable.