To better understand the concept of know thyself, imagine a world, very much like ours, with the only difference being that nobody knows how to walk. Walking has not been invented yet, and everyone just crawls. People in this world have normal bodies like everyone else in the our world, but they have discovered and perfected crawling technology before figuring out how to naturally get on two feet and walk.
Therefore, in this technologically advanced civilization, from an early age, people are connected with advanced robotic devices that make them crawl around comfortably. All lifestyle, art and commerce are build around the fact that crawling is the only way to move around.
Imagine being born in this world. Now imagine that at some point – as a child – you tried to reach some object and ended up walking a few steps. Then, next day you took few more steps and so on to the point that you were getting quite good at it. But then your aberrant behavior would have been strongly discouraged by your parents and your peers, so eventually you’d forget all about it, especially after getting your crawling prosthetics.
In this metaphorical scenario, to learn more about who you really are and what your power is would mean to remember your walking experience as a child, to own it and to develop it into a full walking ability. This, in turn, will inspire others and possibly, if the world is ready, will lead to a change in the world.
Now try to expand the notion of walking to other things. Here are some examples, please feel free to add more. The list is infinite, and many unique abilities can emerge through combination of basic ones.
- ability to recognize the truth instinctively, even when you don’t have the facts
- healing abilities
- a gift for making things happen, for making ideas manifest no matter how impossible they may seem initially
- insight and perspective into very complex social or natural processes
- a talent for cheering people up and seeing the best in everyone
- telepathic abilities, being able to tune in in individual or collective streams of thought
- ability to organize and create structures to support life processes
- many, many others