Letters to Jesus (Ego, False-self, and Groundhog Day -3
When You confronted the woman at the well with the truth about herself – the truth set her free. We are only liberated when we free ourselves of the comfortable and convenient constructs of our false selves.
I’ve been reading a lot lately about true selves and false selves. Inherent in us is some inevitable force that compels us to measure ourselves by what we do, what we have, what we say, and what others think of us. As You said to that Samaritan woman, we worship what we do not understand. But it is not easy to clear away the mud and goop of what we think is important or of what we wish others to perceive of us. Yet this must be done to get to our true selves.
What we constantly fail to understand about this is that when we are so concerned over what others think of us, our concern for them begins to take precedence over our concern for You.The more sincerely we are concerned with You, the less we are concerned about our false selves and why we maintain them – and this is liberating.
The Samaritan woman might have thought she could please You by giving You the drink You asked for, but Your thirst was for her openness to You. Your thirst was for her to abandon her false selves which hung upon what others thought, and get in touch with who she really was and what she was about.
I like to think that when You left the site of that well she became a new woman. I mean this in the same sense as when the scales fell from St. Paul’s eyes. Through You, it was her first meeting with her true self. She realized the insignificance of all her false selves. From then on nothing would be the same in her life.