Ego imitates. Unique Self is original. Your ego is trapped in imitation. For the ego is, by its very definition, in limitation. Limitation leads to imitation. So the ego is always living the life of limitation based on imitation, which leads to mindless competition. Your ego is in constant competition, which leads to compulsive comparison and dissatisfaction. Originality, which is a quality of Unique Self, freed from the tyranny of comparison, is by its nature both urgently creative and self-satisfied.
Your ego never thinks an original thought. Originality emerges from your Unique Face, which is evoked by contact with your Original Face. “Original Face” is the Buddhist way of describing the experience of sustained contact with the eternal, transcendent Ground of Being. Originality gives birth to action beyond reaction. Your Unique Becoming emerges from your immersion in Being.
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For further discussion: Here is what some famous people have said about originality.
“The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.” ~ Arthur Koestler
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” ~ C. S. Lewis
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ~ Herman Melville
“The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.” ~ Thomas Carlyle
What is YOUR take on it? Where does originality show in your life?
Where do you already live from your original face? From your Unique Self?
What do you like about it? What seems to be difficult?
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