What will it profit you to gain the whole world and forfeit your life?
Indeed, what can you give in return for you life?
- Mark 8:36–37

In How many ways do you forfeit you soul?
For what borrowed thoughts,
what presumed judgements,
have you given away
what is you,
the dark I AM at the core?
What can counterfeit that beauty,
approximate that mystery,
replicate that once-in-a-lifetime You?

Oh, yes, the suffering of honesty is real,
the cost of being yourself is awful.
Almost as bad as not,
except for stripping away of what isn't,
the loss of what was loss to begin with,
the death of all that isn't eternal of you,
with nothing left but divine light.

Come stand in the clearing,
exposed and true,
solitary yet embraced—possessed—
and let the word that began all things
burn in you.

-Steve Garnaas-Holmes

Module Five: Encountering the Self

In preparation for this week's discussion, please read Chapter 5 of Rooted in Grace, “Encountering the Self,” and watch “Encountering the Self” below.

After you have completed the above, choose one of the the following: