Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom
Excerpts about True Person
Realizing the Absolute is Not the Entire Story of the Inner Path
Almaas: Let’s see if we can understand the relationship of the Pearl to the Absolute. Pure consciousness, or conscious presence, manifests in different forms such as love or peace. It can also manifest as a person, a true person, an essential person. We call that the Personal Essence. It is a certain manifestation of pure consciousness or aspect of essence. But as I said earlier, the Absolute, although it is the ultimate reality, is not the complete development. It is true that it is the inner nature of everything and the ultimate experience; it is where we are going and where we came from and where we come from all the time. However, realizing the Absolute is not the entire story of the inner path. In order to complete the story, consciousness as pure
presence becomes inseparable from absence. Consciousness can develop, whereas the Absolute does not. So, in a sense, the development in consciousness is the work. Much of this development can happen before the discovery of the Absolute or after it. It depends on the person. Some people don’t embark on the development of consciousness until after the recognition of the Absolute. Others do a lot with the development of consciousness before the realization of the Absolute.
Diamond Heart Book Five, pg. 144
The Personal Essence is the “True Person”
We have so far established our understanding that the Personal Essence is the “true person,” as opposed to the ego individuality experienced by most people and seen by psychology as a structure in the mind. We have also seen some connections between functions of the ego and qualities of the Personal Essence, for instance, issues of autonomy and personalness, and pointed out that the ego can be seen as a “reflection” of the true Beingness of the Personal
Pearl Beyond Price, pg. 127
We Don’t Have to Feel that We are a Person all the Time
Sometimes when we are exploring this kind of connection, we think we might lose ourselves. That is actually the beauty of it, not a problem. But we need to feel ourselves in our maturity as the presence of a true person—a presence that is a form of our nature that can be lost and arise again, spontaneously and naturally. We don’t have to feel that we are a person all the time. We can be a delicate, sweet puddle or we can be a thriving, throbbing mass aflame with the passionate presence of our nature. Or we can be nothing, absolutely nothing at all. The more freedom we have, the more fluidly we can change form in our experience. In fact, this characteristic of realization is something else that we have no control over. Our experience is changing all the time. We cannot keep it to one tone or quality. A personal form will manifest when it needs to, but if we are insecure in our personhood, in the sense of who we are, this will limit the forms we can take. It is good to know that there are other possibilities. I find for myself that when I hit a limit to how far I can let myself go, it is nothing but another opportunity. What do I think I’m going to lose if I give myself over? I’m only going to lose another idea of myself.
The Power of Divine Eros, pg. 169
When You Realize the True Person, the Essential Person, then You Realize One of the Essential Aspects
We can manifest as a person, or as love, joy, or compassion. The person is just one of the essential aspects. Being a person is the most difficult of the essential aspects to understand because we have lived an imitation of it which is the false person, the personality. In being a person, there is a true person, and the true person is what I call the Personal Essence, an expression or manifestation of your true nature. Just like love is an expression of who you are. But if we believe that ultimately we are the person, then we form a false personality. We form boundaries. So the person is not something to be rejected or put down or hated. The person is as precious as love is. The person is the way that who we truly are manifests on earth. Who we truly are cannot live on earth because we are nonphysical and have no form, so for true nature to have a window on creation, it manifests as a person. When you realize the true person, the essential person, then you realize one of the essential aspects. This means that sometimes you are person and sometimes you are not. Just like when you experience your true nature as love, you don’t have to have love all the time. Sometimes there is love, sometimes there is compassion, sometimes there is will. You can’t say, “I have to have love all the time. I have to have will all the time.” The same thing is true of the person: sometimes there is a person, sometimes there isn’t a person.