The self is always under construction. The multiplicity of selves is what allows change.*
Find your own unique voice by studying the voices of the past (both distant and recent), and then moving beyond that into your own world. It will take time – there’s no way of forcing it; but I’m convinced it is the only road to greatness.**
The illusion makes it possible for me to appear as somebody I am not, or for something to appear to be there that is not:
Whatever the details, that character is every magician’s first illusion.*
It promises to be the shortcut of shortcuts, except there is no way of speeding things up being me and what I hope to offer.
The journey, on the other hand, by its very nature takes longer. A unique voice requires us to look within and it needs its own language, but a language cannot develop overnight:
Beauty calls us beyond ourselves and it encourages us to engage the dream that dwells in the soul.^
This journey into our soul is the longest one of all.
Writing about a growing self-awareness movement, my friend Sam wonders whether we’re ready for it being the painful and difficult thing it is:
I’m not convinced there’s an awful lot of actual self-awareness taking place! True self-awareness cannot be captured in an Instagram quote. It’s not an opportunity to convey strength and growth via phoney vulnerability. … But how many of us are committed to that lifelong expedition of true self-discovery about ourselves.^^
So I will continue on my slow journey in the same direction so that in the slowness new things will come, a language will develop, and a voice will be found.
*From Peter Turchi’s A Muse and A Maze;
**From Steven Isserlis’ Robert Schumann’s Advice to Young Musicians;
^From John O’Donohue’s Divine Beauty;
^^From Sam Bradford’s blog: The superficial self-awareness movement.