Student: What does it mean to be your authentic self?
Teacher: Most people act from memory. They are habitual. They act from a set of already established options that come with their childhood conditioning. They’ve forgotten what it feels like to be spontaneous and creative. They live their lives from a memorized version of themselves.
Student: If someone is being habitual, where does that come from?
Teacher: In spite of the fact that he thinks he is being himself, his behavior comes from his parents, his older siblings and friends, and everyone else that he grew up with that had an influence on him. Eventually, his action becomes nothing more than an immense set of acquired memories.
Student: How does a person snap out of it, if he’s stuck in the middle of being so habitual with his reactions and responses in life?
Teacher: To do something freshly spontaneous and creatively new requires clear thinking, and this kind of awareness only happens when a person becomes convinced that his usual way of being is not going to get him the life he yearns to experience, and he’s completely fed up with it.