Since ancient times, the injunction, "Know Thyself" has been considered a crucial part of mental and spiritual development. It is again emphasised as we come into the Aquarian Age, being an important tool for the development of mankind at this point. It is particularly relevant in a world that is very involved with the ideas of personal rights, without applying equal emphasis to our corresponding duties. 

Knowing oneself means being aware of the motivations for one's actions as well as knowing one's strengths and weaknesses. Through self-knowledge, we also come to awareness of the parts of ourselves that are dormant, not just those we are currently expressing. As we live at present, our energy is very divided amongst the layers within us and separated from spirit. Self-knowledge is a step toward creating unity at all levels.

Knowing ourselves is first of all, the path to being comfortable here on the physical. As long as we are hiding our true motives from ourselves, we will constantly suffer. The more we know of our inner workings and motivations, the more we can understand ourselves and come to terms with our circumstances. We can learn to manage ourselves in ways that are productive and contribute to our happiness no matter what circumstances are occurring. We will experience fewer shocks regarding our imperfections and suffer fewer emotional reactions, which are usually far more painful and disruptive than the events we are reacting to. 

Secondly and more importantly, knowing yourself is the base of all true, enduring things. (Things that do not come from this base are transient and finite.) It is the way to the spirit, which is after all, our destiny. This follows on automatically from managing ourselves as mentioned above. Managing ourselves for spiritual reasons also requires us to study the idea of attachment to the physical and its emotional excesses and reactions. It begins a process through which we begin to open to spirit. 

A third reason for coming to know ourselves is that through this we become more able to assess events outside us and judge their relationships to us. For example we can identify whether events present us with opportunity or temptation: in other words, whether they add to our overall chosen direction or distract us from it. There are many occurrences that seem on the surface to be pleasant or desirable, yet they may be disruptive in the long term, both at physical and spiritual levels. Similarly, events we call negative may in fact lead us onto the path we want to tread. 

  John & Lyn St.Clair-Thomas
Website Edition 2006