What if the only purpose or mission in life IS to Know Thyself?  

What does it mean to “Know Thyself”?  It’s not knowing your favorite color.  It’s an inner reflection – awareness to your deepest and most genuine aspects that make you uniquely you.  It requires diligent awareness to explore your thinking, beliefs, motives, scripts, history, actions and habits.  

To Know Thyself is the first of Three Disciplines of the I AM State as shared by Aaron Abke in this powerful video. The second discipline is to Accept Thyself and the third is to Become the Creator. 

The power and potential that one achieves when executing the Three Disciplines IS mastery and why I label them as: 

  • Know Thyself
  • Accept Thyself
  • Master Thyself

Where are you at on this journey?  Rate each of the Three Disciplines on a scale of 1 -10, discerning your level of comfort and success.  I ask the question because many of my clients are  powerful,  high-level executives who still struggle to Know Themselves.

We can only become the creator or master thyself when we are aware enough to catch ourselves in our unconscious states, in the rational mind loops, and the stories and scripts we tell ourselves that keep us perpetuating pain and problems in the past.   

Expanding awareness empowers one to chose wisely their thoughts and wishes.  Mastery comes to the individual who is kind and patience with themselves, compassionate and understanding in all situations and who can stand apart from themselves to examine and explore their thinking and behaviors.  Mastery is available to all and requires your connection to higher mind.

The Creator has generously bestowed upon each of us the extraordinary gift of life, providing us with a thinking mind, the capacity to feel emotions, a human body with senses to engage with the world, and the wonderful ability to form relationships with others. Most significantly, we are endowed with the potential to know and connect with the Creator and able to foster relationships with all things around us.

I thought for quite a while, pondering the perfect story to summarize the depth and magnitude of looking within to truly know oneself.  The journey we take and choices we make along the way can be best described in the brief but powerful parable of the Two Wolves.


The parable of the two wolves is a well-known concept found in various cultures and spiritual teachings. It serves as a metaphor for the internal struggle between conflicting forces, often represented as positive and negative aspects within oneself. While the specifics may vary, the essence of the lesson remains consistent across cultures, as shared here.

  • Cherokee Wisdom:
    • In Cherokee wisdom, the parable involves a grandfather imparting wisdom to his grandson. It’s often framed as a battle between two wolves—one representing qualities like love, compassion, and peace, and the other embodying anger, greed, and resentment. The wolf that wins is the one the individual chooses to feed.
  • Buddhist Teachings:
    • Buddhism addresses a similar theme through the concept of the “Monkey Mind.” It involves the constant chatter of the mind, where one must learn to discern between the higher self (calm, insightful) and the ego (restless, driven by desires). The practice of mindfulness and meditation helps in cultivating awareness and making conscious choices.
  • Christian Parallels:
    • Some Christian teachings draw parallels with the concept, emphasizing the battle between the spirit and the flesh. The Bible often speaks about the internal struggle and the importance of aligning oneself with the spirit to overcome negative tendencies.
  • Native American Traditions:
    • Various Native American tribes have similar teachings about the internal battle between positive and negative forces. The emphasis is on making choices that align with one’s higher self, contributing to personal growth and community well-being.
  • Zen Buddhism:
    • In Zen Buddhism, practitioners are encouraged to observe their thoughts without attachment. This process of self-awareness allows individuals to recognize the ego-driven thoughts and choose a more mindful and compassionate path.
  • Taoist Philosophy:
    • Taoism teaches about the balance between Yin and Yang, often symbolizing the interplay between opposing forces. This philosophy encourages individuals to harmonize these dualities to achieve balance in life.
  • Hindu Teachings:
    • In Hinduism, the Bhagavad Gita discusses the battle between the higher self (Atman) and the lower self (ego). The journey of self-realization involves overcoming the ego and aligning with one’s true nature.

These teachings, though presented in different cultural and religious contexts, share a common thread: the importance of self-awareness, mindfulness, and the conscious choice to nurture positive qualities for personal and collective well-being. The variations highlight the universal nature of the struggle within the human psyche and the quest for spiritual growth.  

To Know Thyself is to discern these two energies with clarity.   To choose which one you will nurture and feed continuously. To build and strengthen this relationship and prosper. As you do the other energy weakens as it is discredited and replaced.

“To Know Thyself is the beginning of all wisdom.”

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Comment below your understanding and teachings around the meaning expressed in the parable of the Two Wolves. 


  1. temp email on February 5, 2024 at 10:00 pm

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    • Donalee Gastreich on April 24, 2024 at 10:50 pm

      Apologies for the spelling errors.