The hurricanes of life, the challenges in life, will inevitably happen. Whether we are ready or not, they will happen. They will stir up wild currents in the ocean of life, causing turmoil on the surface—but the water deep in the sea remains calm, peaceful, and unaffected. Let the core of your Self be like the depths of the sea—whatever turmoil happens at the surface, let this core remain calm, peaceful, and unaffected. Whatever distress happens in your external world will inevitably affect you—and understandably, you cannot help but get caught up in the storm of life challenges. But let the core of your Self remain apart from that—do not let this core be carried away by the currents of the sea’s surface, the currents of life.
Everyone is affected by the currents of their life and will inevitably run into storms. This is the natural lifecycle of the sea. The currents are on the surface and are thus subject to the wind, which are the pushes and pulls of life. Yet everyone can stay in touch with the part of their life, the part of the waters, rooted far below the currents—a part of ourselves that remains far from the wind.
This core of the Self is like a silent observer, watching the happenings on the surface. Through the strength of its inner stability, reached through unconditional Self-acceptance, it does not get caught up in the turmoil, and in fact does not associate with it. Emotions like fear, guilt, sadness, and anger may impinge on it, lets them take their course, but does not let itself be carried away by its tides. The Self is the foundation upon which all else is built. Without the Self being rooted deep in the calmness of the sea below, it will be carried off in the storm.
Love, hate, esteem for oneself naturally arise and fall with the tides of life, but keep to it that whatever the case may be, you accept the Self. It may not seem easy at first, but be patient and it will come to you, and it will serve as the first stepping stone on the way towards unconditional love of the Self. Love and wonderment in the Self comes with practice, experience, and wisdom, but this takes time and patience.
Your True Self is really the observer of your irrational and unpleasant thoughts, emotions, and ego—it is not your thoughts, it is not your emotions, it is not your ego. If you are pained by them, keep in mind, they may inform the Self that something is wrong, but none of them are the voice of the Self. When you can observe them in a non-attached, non-judgmental way, strengthened with continual practice throughout life, you can then tell when they speak and when the Self truly speaks. The voice of the Self is truly one to behold.