The Culturally Created Self
The Culturally-Created Self

When a person is born, he or she is dependent on his or her parents for food, shelter, clothing and physical contact; everything necessary to support the life of the child. This dependence creates a strong relationship between the child and its parents and forms the basis for the development of the child’s identity. The influence of the parents also teaches the child what is important in life and what is not.

While the young child usually has some awareness of the Authentic Self, the parents often discourage its expression because they do not have contact with nor understand their own Authentic Selves.

And because of the influence of the parents and exposure to the everyday world around it, the child is encouraged to develop a personality based on cultural conditioning.

And so, as the child grows and matures, he or she comes to identify more and more completely with the Culturally-Created Self. And as this happens, awareness of the Authentic Self fades until in many people, there is little or no awareness of it at all.

The Culturally-Created Self has a limited view of who it is and what it can accomplish, and by comparison to the Authentic Self, possesses greatly diminished awareness.

Excerpt from ‘What is Holy Fire® Reiki? – The International Center for Reiki Training


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Giancarlo has over ten years of experience in practising and teaching Healing Arts. He is a Reiki Master Teacher of Usui/Tibetan, Holy Fire® and Karuna Reiki® systems of healing and works as a Consultant Spiritual Healer at the College of Psychic Studies in London.