Knowing Ourself is Knowing the World

Some say that you must change yourself to change the world. Others say that it is narcissistic to engage in your personal journey while the world is on fire. Where do you draw the line between external impact and inner transformation?
In my observation most individuals are stuck in habitual ways to find security, comfort and certainty, the consequences of this being neurotic and narcissistic fixation to one degree or another. I am not immune from these consequences of my individual and social conditioning. To be able to move beyond this limited focus on self we must come to see how it afflicts us and fragments our  perception and understanding.
When we begin to see what blinds and limits us we are more free to see what changes are necessary and what leads to greater self knowing and in turn a more universal understanding.

Author: Gord Clements

I find some satisfaction in the act of attempting to express my experience of life through painting, writing, language and other art forms. I have been painting for over thirty five years and combine my love of art with a meditative and contemplative way of life. I have an intuitive sense that true creativity is something that arises from beyond and through Qthe self that can be explored and shared through some form of expression although I always hope to open to the influence of that which is beyond my limited sense of self.

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