Happy April, and welcome to Day 1 of the month-long A-to-Z blog challenge where hundreds of folks are posting their way through the alphabet. Be sure to check out the myriad of participating blog players here.
I love language, especially strange and wonderful words, and I love manifestos. I’m challenging myself this month to work my way through the alphabet creating a manifesto reflecting wonders, curiosities, and delights currently captivating me; each day focused through the lens of another unusual, obscure, or simply charming-to-me word.
So let’s begin.
A is for…
autognosis, defined as self-knowledge; understanding of one’s character and peculiarities; the process of self-analysis which leads to this.
Manifestos are meant to declare who we are, but an essential part of the process is autognosis.
I’m firmly in sync with the classical Greek philosophers who admonished “know thyself.” I believe we have to remain curious and dig deeply, and I find it surprising, somewhat disconcerting, and rather sad that while we spend the whole of our lives “with” ourselves, there seem to be a remarkable number of folks who are quite lacking in self-knowledge.
I think of autognosis as a dynamic, never-ending process. We are always changing, always growing, always evolving. There are layers of resistance, things we don’t want to see/know about ourselves, collective beliefs we accept as truth that need to be untangled and dissolved. The path is not without darkness and twisty turns, and yet what is the point of being here, in this embodied life if aren’t aware of who we are?
Over the course of this month I’ll be constructing my wonder manifesto, one significant, and likely unusual word at a time. But for today, in honor of my word autognosis, I’m sharing what basically amounts to a manifesto in itself. Manifestos are meant to declare who we are, and I’ll give you a peek at who I am with this construction based on the template of George Ella Lyon’s Where I’m From poem.
I welcome autognosis and its invitation to ever open my awareness. I want to live with deepened and expanded knowledge of who I truly am, and I want to embody that knowledge fully.
What about you? What do you want to declare today? What do you know about yourself? I there an “A” word descriptive of something important about you, or of interest to you? Do tell – you know I love to hear.