1. You are the creator of images.
2. Creating an image is when you form a mental picture in your mind.
3. Whether it's identifying as a Catholic, Christian, Jehovah's Witness, Zen Monk, or any other label, these are all images. All have differing agendas.
4. The act of creating these images pushes love away.
5. In a parent-child relationship, each holds specific images of the other, influencing their perception of the 'relationship.
But do they truly have a genuine connection?
6. It's more akin to a fantasized relationship solely based on shallow images.
For example, making comments like "You'd be more attractive if you lost weight."
7. As long as you maintain a self-image, it becomes impossible to form authentic connections with others.
8. Have you ever contemplated the possibility of freeing yourself from the cycle of image-making?
9. As long as you remain divisive through the use of symbols and images, you won't know what real love feels like.
10. In Summary:
When you cling to a fixed self-image, it creates a barrier that hinders the formation of authentic connections with others. Here's why:
You have a limited perception: Maintaining a self-image limits your perception of both yourself and others. It confines you to preconceived judgments. This narrow lens prevents you from seeing the depth of others.
You mask your authenticity: A self-image acts as a facade, projecting a carefully curated version of yourself to the world. In doing so, you hide behind layers of pretense, afraid to reveal your true self.
It interferes with your being empathetic: Empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, requires letting go of self-centered perspectives. A strong self-image impedes empathetic connections.
You see vulnerability as a weakness: Maintaining a self-image stems from a fear of vulnerability. Opening up and exposing your true self is daunting, as it involves embracing Truth.
Your preconceived biases are off the charts: A self-image creates a filter through which you interpret and judge others' actions and behaviors. It prevents you from seeing them as they Truly are.