True Self: Beneath The Layers of Our Learning.

Perspective on Trauma

“Finally, I am coming to the conclusion that my highest ambition is to be what I already am. That I will never fulfill my obligation to surpass myself, unless I first accept myself, and if I accept myself fully in the right way, I will already surpass myself”. Thomas Merton.

This is one of my favorite Thomas Merton quotes. It captures both the complexity and simplicity in accepting oneself. Speaking specifically to the genuine necessity in knowing your own truth, purpose, or true self.

As a clinician finding this true self is what, I believe, the work of therapy (if not life in general) is about.

At the core of us, all of us, lays our beginning self. The self we were born to the world with. The essence that was there before the world conditioned it, to wait beneath the layers, for our return.

In brief description, utilizing…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Mr. Caswell has been composing poetry at least since High School. He has been on WORD PRESS for ten years and contributes to two other blogs beside this one. This blog has a Christian emphasis but all bloggers are welcome. Mr. Caswell chooses to---with permission--re[post material of interest

22 thoughts on “True Self: Beneath The Layers of Our Learning.

  1. cheriewhite

    Wow! I love this post by LaDonna! For years, due to having been severely and chronically bullied and belittled in school, I lost my authentic self and, for a long time, didn’t know who I was. I agree that it takes a lot of inner work and many years before we return to the selves that we were born to be. It certainly took a lot of inner work and many years on my part. Thanks to LaDonna for explaining this so eloquently and so understandably! And thank you, Jonathan, for reblogging this! 🙂

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      1. cheriewhite

        I had already done that, Jonathan, BEFORE I posted on yours in the first place! So, There’s no need to use all caps. That is YELLING and I WON’T be yelled at not by YOU or anyone!


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