You cobble together an array of identities, roles and images and you say that is your ‘self’. You do this to be accepted, loved, included and wanted. But instead of feeling satisfied you feel only dissatisfaction. You did this in the hopes of feeling whole but the result is a fragmented sense of who you are and a fractured sense of self.
Filled with this sense of dissatisfaction and feeling fractured, you either distract yourself from it through alcohol, drugs, over work, relationships, gambling, sex or any other excess and addiction, or you address it. This decision is about orientation; either you turn outward or you turn inward. You either distract from the results of a fractured self or you move toward the inner discovery that holds the key to wholeness.
There are two dominant instincts within a human being. The first we all realize and experience; survival. The second, and the more powerful of the two, is realization. Survival is basic and visceral. Realization is ethereal and often missed. Survival is an outward journey and realization is the inner journey that gives you access to the part of you that allows for completeness. It is not that one is better than the other. Both are part of who you are; inner and outer, human and divine.
The goal is an integrated, whole and true understanding and experience of the Self. The human is the relative part of who you are. The relative is always limited. A fish cannot talk or write. A human cannot breathe in space or grow younger. Relativity, existing within time and space, is limited. The absolute, on the other hand, is unlimited and has no constraints. It is outside of time and space. You are both.
Physical, mental and emotional health, thriving and true enlightenment are the acceptance, integration and experience of both, together; the limited and unlimited, the inner and outer. God is both. You are both relative and absolute. You are consciousness and a physical, mental and emotional human being. To experience wholeness and integration and to heal the fractured self, the human and divine must be experienced as a whole, not as separate parts or as one better than the other. They are a continuum, a flow of existence and intelligence in the state of continual expansion.