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Être soi

What is in a name?

Some of you have noticed that my blog is called etresoi and the site's domain name is Others have sent messages beginning "Dear Etre," or, "Mr. Soich." I do not mind. I have been called worse.

The suffix, .ch, informs that this site originates from Switzerland. The prefix, etresoi, causes confusion among non-French speakers, who seem to be about 90% of the site's visitors. Simply put, Être soi translates to English, as "to be one's self." The site's original intent was to encourage people to be themselves. These daily posts, of mine, are an expression of the various facets of myself.

There is, however, a meta purpose, an over riding theme, which is "to be one's Self. (notice the capital S) To encourage people to be their Self, it is necessary to rouse them from their sleep and that is why I am sometimes either ironic, comic, sarcastic, philosophic, practical, psychological, logical, metaphysical, spiritual, critical, sanctimonious, or hypocritical.

Rousing from sleep is called awakening... awakening to your conciousness, your Self.

It is necessary to know that humanity lives with its consciousness asleep. People work asleep. People walk through the streets asleep. People live and die asleep.

When one arrives at the conclusion that the population of the world lives asleep, then one comprehends the necessity of awakening. One needs the awakening of the consciousness. One wants the awakening of the consciousness.

The profound sleep in which humanity lives is caused by fascination and this fascination is promoted by some, who wish to control.

People are fascinated by everything in life. People forget their Selves, because they are fascinated. The drunkard in the bar is fascinated with the alcohol, the place, the pleasures, his friends. The vain woman in front of a mirror is fascinated with her own glamour. The rich avaricious person is fascinated with money and possessions. The honest worker in the factory is fascinated with the hard work. The father of the family is fascinated with his children. All human beings are fascinated and sleep profoundly. While driving a car, we are astonished when we see people dashing across the roads and streets without paying attention to the danger of the passing cars. Others wilfully throw themselves under the wheels of cars. Poor people...they walk asleep ... they look like sleepwalkers. They walk asleep, endangering their own lives. It is easy to know their dreams. People dream with all that keeps them fascinated.

During the physical body's sleep, the ego escapes from it. This departure of the ego is necessary so that the vital body can repair the physical body. Thus, while in the internal worlds the ego occupies itself with the same things which keep it fascinated in the physical world. During a dream,we see all these same people living, as if they were in the physical world.

The human being in his fascinated trance does not remember his Self. We must Self-Remember our Selves from moment to moment. We need to Self-Remember our Selves in the presence of every representation that could fascinate us. In the presence of all fascinations, continue to ask, "Who am I?" Thus, the outcome is the awakening of consciousness.

The purpose of asking this question, "Who am I?", at every instant, at every moment, is the intention of engraving it within the sub-consciousness, so that it may manifest, later during the hours given to sleep, hours when the ego is outside the physical body.

Whoever awakens the consciousness can no longer dream; here in this physical plane or in the internal worlds. Whoever awakens the consciousness stops dreaming. Whoever awakens the consciousness becomes a competent investigator of Self. Whoever awakens consciousness is an illuminated one. Whoever awakens the consciousness can study Self. Whoever awakens the consciousness can talk familiarly with Self.

Awaken, and be yourSelf !

Any questions??