When people are on a journey of self-discovery, they sometimes confuse self-awareness and self-knowledge. Most people think of the two entities as one of the same, but to be honest, they couldn’t be more different. Self-awareness is like the skin of the body; it’s the surface level. On the other hand, self-knowledge is more like body systems; it is much more complex. So, when people embark on the journey of self-discovery, they usually seek self-awareness and not self-knowledge. People often don’t realize that self-awareness will leave their self-discovery at a surface level. I don’t want to confuse you – yes, self-awareness is essential – but it is only the beginning. It’s just as it says – it helps to be aware that something is happening to oneself. With awareness, you can see what’s occurring, but you don’t understand exactly what is happening. To attain self-discovery, you need to know that something is happening, what it really is, and why it is happening. Most people skip the part that tells them what the transpiring changes mean and imply, which is self-knowledge.
Self- knowledge is the process, where you discover “what it really is.” Discovering the meaning of things happening to you requires you to explore yourself more deeply. You have to eliminate the opinions of other persons and false thoughts and focus only on the facts. When seeking self-knowledge, you also have to understand that you’re looking for the ‘true’ you and it has not got anything to do with what people think about you, what you want to be or what you think you are. It is actually who you are – discovering the facts of your feelings, desires, needs, purpose and you.
To begin the journey of self-discovery, you have first to see life in your present state. No more daydreaming. You have to start questioning everything. Ask yourself fact-finding questions, for example, Jessica has been playing soccer all her life, but she’s not sure if she really has a desire for it, or if she has just been playing because she became good at it. To get the answer she seeks, she must ask herself questions like – when did I start playing soccer? What made me enjoy soccer so much? Why do I have to continue to play? Questions like these will help Jessica discover the facts that are submerged in the questions. Remember when you seek self-knowledge, you must ask fact-seeking questions such as the, when, what why, where, and how of everything. You have to drive deeper.
Now that you understand that self-awareness and self-knowledge are not the same things make sure that you don’t skip self-knowledge when you start on the path to self-discovery. Else you will end up merely skimming the surface of your life. Go deeper and seek self-knowledge. But it doesn’t end here – I need a favor from all the awesome readers! I understand, and I hope you also realize that not everybody learns the same way and that we all process information differently. So I’m reaching out to you – my community – for help because I want all of us to grow together. I want to hear what it takes for you to forgive and how forgiveness feels to you. So if you have any advice that you believe can help someone or have useful information to add, please do let us know in the comments section because each one of us is a teacher and an educator!