“I comes FIRST in the word IMPORTANT” – Rylan Branch
Self-realization is an expression used in psychology, spirituality, and Eastern religions. In one overview, Mortimer Adler defines self-realization as freedom from external coercion, including cultural expectations, political and economic freedom, etc. The basic premise of self-realization is that there exists an authentic self which has to be discovered by psychological or spiritual self-striving. Self-realization can be a gradual or instantaneous phenomena depending on the school of thought but in all cases it involves extensive preparation of mind and emotions to recognize self-realization when it occurs.
Self-realization is a maturing of the ego or personality to accept its own evanescence and thus allow space for the true Self to reveal itself. The sun veiled by clouds is an apt metaphor for the Self’s apparent absence in our everyday lives. The dissolution of the ego’s obsessive, internal pre-occupations with its psycho-somatic complexes frees the psyche’s energy to directly experience reality of the world as it is, free of any assumptions.