So, as long as we are alive nobody can escape this search towards Self-realization. When we are not aware of this search and thus live this unconsciously, we will feel like victims in life’s events and circumstances. So we try our best to dodge so called unfavourable events to no avail, because these life events will hit both the conscious seeker and the unconscious seeker.
On the other hand when we live this consciously our perspective towards life will feel very different, like a gift, an opportunity to express our True Self within the context or the playing field of life. This heartfelt feeling to live truly and sincerely is our first Self-realization, and to live from our True Self every second and every moment of one’s life is the last and final Self-realization.
When we live life unconsciously we may be able to sense that we are not true to our self and our feelings, as if no matter what the achievements are there will always be this lingering feeling of non-fulfillment and shallowness in one’s heart. This is because our life is not true, and it is not true because we are living a life based on the varied images we picked up or installed in our mind from the outside world. These images of how we should be, what we should do, what is success, what is love, what is happiness etc., are all picked up, installed, processed and lived. In other words it is an outside-in life not an inside-out life. We live the life of what others projected from the outside of who we are, and thus not who we truly are from within. We are “other-self”, not “our-self”. In this way we live a false life, an image based life, a paper life, not a real life.