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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Remember Who You Are

The focal point of Disney's The Lion King is Simba's father telling him, "Remember who you are."

This is the central point of every religion, every philosophy, every psychological tradition.

But, how do we answer the question, "Who are you?"

We might offer a name. But that's not an answer to Who are you?, it's an answer to What's your name?

We might say our profession. But that's not who you are, it's what you do.

No, the question of who we are runs deeper than these mere outer attributes. Simba's father, after telling him to "remember who you are," adds, "You are my son, and the one true king."

All the religious stories, all the myths, all the fairy tales, are telling us that we are more than we think we are. But many traditions teach us that we have forgotten this.

As Marianne Williamson wrote:

We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? ... Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. ... [A]s we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

So remember who you are, and be who you are.

You'll be happier.

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