Bare feet and dry tile are a safe combination. Your feet firmly grip the stone surface and you can move about with confidence. When your feet are wet, though, there’s an added layer between you and the tile—a dangerous layer—and you can slip.
Your life is the same way.
As long as you’re in touch with the “real you,” you’re on a firm and solid foundation, just like being on dry tile. But watch out for the “fake you.” This is the collection of beliefs, opinions, impressions, and so on that you think is you, but is really a figment of your imagination.
This “fake you” only serves to separate you from the “real you”—like water separates feet from tile—while making you ineffective and miserable at the same time.
So how do you know the difference between the “real you” and the “fake you”? The answer is your feelings. The “real you” naturally feels freedom, love, joy, exhilaration, and appreciation. The “real you” thrives! It’s the “part” of you that wants to go out and LIVE. It sees the world as a vast ocean of potential experiences and growth. It has no fear.
The “fake you” feels fear, anxiety, depression, doubt, and other negative emotions. It’s the “part” of you that wants to stay home instead of risk failure. It wants to return to the womb and avoid what bad things might happen in life. It desperately avoids its own demise, even though its demise would mean your rebirth!
The “real you” has no fear, because it knows it cannot die. The “fake you” keeps you in death, even though you live—because its base is fear. If you know the difference, you can tread confidently in life, with less fear of slipping.