3 Paths to Self Knowledge

The sign above the entrance way to the Oracle of Delphi said:

γνῶθι σεαυτόν

Know Thyself.

It also appears above the kitchen door in the film the Matrix when Neo goes to see the oracle.

What are the benefits of self knowledge? How can we expand our understanding of who we are?

Self knowledge has long been valued throughout the world. From Self Realisation within the practices of Yoga, to the Great Work of the Western Mystery Tradition. It is a rewarding journey. Sometimes it takes a little courage, but the benefits are many.

If you think of a person, maybe you just met them. And you have to buy them a gift. The likelihood of you buying them something that would enrich their life, or mean something to them is slim. When we first meet someone, we do not know what makes them happy, what they like, who they are.

Now think of your best friend, you probably have shared many good and challenging times with them. They have talked about their problems, their hopes and dreams. You have a good idea and understanding of what would make life good for them, what makes them happy, what helps them relax. Or hopefully your partner, who you share your life with. The thing is because you have listened, because you have explored, because you know them you are able to make the right choices to support their happiness.