The Philosophy of Knowing Yourself
The Raw You: A Contemplation of the Soul is a book to help get to know yourself and have the confidence to be your true self. Written from a philosophical viewpoint, it encourages you to believe in yourself, trust what you discover inside and have the courage to follow it over what others say or think. It suggests to look inside for answers to everything in life from your personality, your character, your beliefs, your dreams to your personal style and your physical appearance. You know inside who and what you really want to be, in your soul, you just have to listen.
The Raw You is your soul; it is who you are on the inside. Let who you are on the outside be a representation of your true self deep inside, which will bring happiness, peace, passion and comfort in life. Allow yourself to be you. This book discusses how to look inside and find yourself.
One of the best ways to find peace and happiness is to believe in yourself and look inside. This book discusses trusting your hunches, or that quiet voice deep inside. The hunches will just feel right, like an impression on your heart, in your mind, or a funny feeling. Then have the confidence to do with your life what you truly like deep inside. The second section of the book discusses theories of God and where your soul comes from. And finally, the third section is about discovering your dreams, dealing with fear and self-esteem. A high self-esteem is essential in the path to having the confidence to be yourself and do what you really want in life.
Book Excerpt from Chapter 1:
Secrets to Finding True Happiness:
Discover Who You Were Before Society Taught You Who To Be
Do you seek happiness but are unsure where to find it? Are you uncomfortable being alone? Do you feel depressed, anxious, unsure of which direction to go? Do you wonder if you have a unique purpose? Do you feel like you once understood what that purpose was, when you were very young, before you were taught differently? If you search deep within yourself, you will find the missing key in order to unlock your true self, your soul. It is a beautiful discovery. Become yourself, your Real Self. This is not about rebelling from society, which causes complete anarchy, but only developing an awareness of who you are. When you do not know yourself, you search for external influences to tell you what will make you happy. Each influence you plug into creates a bar, which ultimately builds a cage, your cage. Only when you discover what lies within the deepest, rawest part of you, your soul, you realize you possess the key to unlock that cage and become truly happy.
The reason it will bring you happiness is because that by knowing yourself and seeing the world from the viewpoint of your soul, you discover a peace and contentment about yourself and the world around you. When you find happiness and peace within yourself, then you want others to be happy too. Because if your life is a mess and you feel regularly discontented with your life, then it’s hard to desire others to feel better than you do. You may feel envy or bitterness toward them, along with depression and frustration about your life and yourself. Jean-Jacques Rousseau said; “…without diminishing my self-esteem, made me less disdainful of my neighbors. In withdrawing the gaudy veil of external appearances, and presenting to my view the real evils it concealed, he taught me to lament the failings of my fellow creatures, to sympathize with their miseries, and to pity instead of envying them.” In order to acquire true peace and happiness within yourself, you have to look in your soul and get to know yourself so that you know who you are and what you want in life.[i]
[i] Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Harvard Classics: French and English Philosopher, “Profession of Faith of the Savoyard Vicar, (New York: P. F. Collier, 1910), 236.
Table of Contents
The Raw You: A Contemplation of the Soul
Section 1: Your Soul
Chapter 1: Secrets to Finding True Happiness: Discover Who You Were Before Society Taught You Who To Be
Chapter 2: Reacting to the System: Learning to See Through the Matrixes of Life and Getting Back to You
Chapter 3: Unmasking Nature: Knowing Thyself Within a Societal Context
Section 2: The Creation of Your Soul
Chapter 4: Kant's A Priori: A Table of the Other World
Chapter 5: Isaac Newton's Theory of God and the Soul
Chapter 6: Jean-Jacques Rousseau: A Profession of Faith
Section 3: Your Soul’s Journey
Chapter 7: Your Dreams are What You are Meant to be. What are Your Dreams? A Quiz
Chapter 8: Your Dreams and Your Fears
Chapter 9: Loving Yourself and Others From Your Soul
About the author:
K.J. Cleveland was born in Alabama, grew up in various areas, including Mannheim, Germany, due to her Mom being a librarian for the U.S. Army. Her mother, Sherrie Floyd, opened libraries for the U.S. Army in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and subsequently won Federal Librarian of the Year in 2001 for her endeavors. After college, K.J. Cleveland moved to California, where she began her writing career. She and her brother, Randy Jones, published The Raw You: Self-Awareness Journal for one year in West Los Angeles, followed by a book, The Raw You: A Contemplation of the Soul, which received an incredibly positive response from its readers. Other books she has written include What is Enlightenment: Theories of Plato, Newton, Rousseau and Kant on Knowing Yourself Beneath Your Societal Identity, God and the Unseen Realm and Never Give Up: Exercises to Listen to Your Heart, Set Goals and Make Your Dreams Come True. To learn more about knowing yourself and making your dreams come true, check out nevergiveup1.com, dreamscometrue1.org and whatisenlightenment.org.
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