What's behind the sense of "I am"? Who's living, and who's facing
death? Who or what am I, essentially? Will some part of me continue on after
death? Is there an unchanging, eternal part of me? Am I a part of some
unchanging, eternal essence?
Occasional individuals throughout history have told of finding the answer to
those questions, and their testimonies often have a surprising consistency.
As my friend and teacher Richard Rose wrote: "Beyond the mind is a
golden find...." For individuals seeking to find the answer
for themselves, those testimonies
provide helpful clues for pursuing the search
to a successful conclusion.
For some searchers, working by themselves is the preferred method. Others
intuit that finding a few fellow seekers to work with may expedite their
progress. Still more fortunate may be those who find a living person who has
made the journey and can provide assistance from the perspective of that
realization. The Self-Discovery site is designed to offer all three modes of
The Philosophical Self-Inquiry Groups are aimed at
implementing maximum systems of self-discovery an approach which can be
duplicated anywhere by finding a few people to work with. See FirstKnowThyself.org for examples.
Roger Banister was the first person to break the 4-minute mile; asked at age 83 by Piers Morgan what drove him, he said:
"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."