We are already found

We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be. (Anne Lamott

When I say I’m trying to find my true self — who I really am — you can be sure I already know the truth, but that I don’t like who I really am.

Joseph Campbell (drawing a parallel with the snake that sheds a layer of skin it has outgrown) said, “The old skin has to be shed before the new one can come.” But, in actuality, a snake’s new skin is already there, beneath the old one … and it begins to appear as the old skin peels away.

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Anne Lamott’s article (first posted on oprah.com,  and shared on Soulseeds) is called Becoming the Person You Were Meant to Be: Where to Start.

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2 thoughts on “We are already found

  1. Anne Lamott: one of my heroes. Thank you for this post, as soon as I recover from the shock of 48 hours of no heat and light and warmth and hot food — a devastating “winter” storm in October!— I will read this.
    Joseph Campbell, another hero (with or without a thousand faces) —
    Your little “throwaway” comment: “When I say I’m trying to find my true self — who I really am — you can be sure I already know the truth, but that I don’t like who I really am” is interesting, but I think it’s a red herring.
    Messily is one operative word. Hey, it’s all okay!

  2. My little red herring did not slip in accidentally — it has to do with the concept of “true self”. There is, in fact, nothing about me that is not my true self … and, as Pema Chödrön says, I am perfect as I am (although I could use a little work. The true self is indeed “messy”.)

    Joseph Campbell, as you are clearly aware, was commenting on the words of the Buddha: “Just as a snake sheds its skin, so we should shed our past, over and over again.”

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