Here is an excerpt from my book, The Silent Master: Awakening the Power Within:
Willing sacrifice is important in Self Discovery, and difficult, because often you have to let go before you see the gain. You don’t necessarily get to look before you leap into a new Self-Concept. There is a beautiful passage from the Bible:
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know in full, even as I am fully known. (I Corinthians 13:11-12)
It is not what we put on that tells us who we are; it is what we take off that lets us see who we already are. We see “but a poor reflection as in a mirror” when we look at ourselves through the mistakes, hurt, pain, guilt, and the opinions of others in the past. We see “face to face” when we become clear and transparent, and look within through the eyes of our Silent Master consciousness Then we see and feel who we already are in truth now.
Your true self is already pure and true. When you sacrifice your negative traits, you clear the way to see who you really are.