no thyself

Why do I write? I guess that’s been asked of every writer. I don’t know. It isn’t any massive compulsion. I don’t feel, you know, God dictated that I should write. You know, thunder rents the sky and a bony finger comes down from the clouds and says, “You. You write. You’re the anointed.” I never felt that. I suppose it’s part compulsion, part a channel for what your brain is churning up.

But I don’t subscribe to the “Know Thyself” theory. I’m afraid that if I started to ponder who I am and what I am, I might not like what I find. So, I’d rather go along with this sense of illusion that I’m a neutral beast going along through life doing everything that’s preordained. I’m out of control anyway, so why fight it. I suppose we think euphemistically that all writers write because they have something to say that is truthful and honest and pointed and important. And I suppose I subscribe to that, too. But God knows when I look back over thirty years of professional writing, I’m hard-pressed to come up with anything that’s important. Some things are literate, some things are interesting, some things are classy, but very damn little is important.


Rod Serling during his final interview on March 4, 1975, just a few months prior to his death.

Mr. Serling died on June 28, 1975, of a series of heart attacks. He died while on the operating table. Today, June 28, 2017, is the 42nd anniversary of his death. Had he lived to today, he would be 92.

Be a teacher. Help others around you learn new things and develop their mindset. Knowledge is better to be spread, not kept to one self.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin
Breathe. You’re going to be okay. Breathe and remember that you’ve been in this place before. You’ve been this uncomfortable and anxious and scared, and you’ve survived. Breathe and know that you can survive this too. These feelings can’t break you. They’re painful and debilitating, but you can sit with them and eventually, they will pass. Maybe not immediately, but sometime soon, they are going to fade and when they do, you’ll look back at this moment and laugh for having doubted your resilience. I know it feels unbearable right now, but keep breathing, again and again. This will pass. I promise it will pass.
—  Daniell Koepke (via @wizdomly)
There are many different parts that make up the person that you call yourself. Some of these pieces will be easier to discover, while others will be buried deeper. Keep on digging deeper into yourself, and one day you will achieve full self awareness.
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

Ancient Roman mosaic, depicting a skeleton (perhaps a memento mori) above the Greek maxim from Delphi γνῶθι σεαυτόν (”know thyself”).  Artist unknown; 1st cent. CE (?)  Found during excavations at the convent of San Gregorio on the Via Appia, Rome; now in the National Museum, Rome.  Photo credit: Lessing Photo Archive.

The brain seems so simple. It’s pink, rounded, and just sits there inside our heads. But yet, it’s so complex. Thoughts are produced almost instantaneously. Neurotransmitters are sweeping across from one end of the body to another. What would we do without this brain ours? How would we think? How would we be able to experience anything at all?
—  Nicole Addison @thepowerwithin

5 Signs You’re A Spiritual Badass

 1. You don’t take shit from anyone. You don’t allow others to drop their emotional baggage on you - you prioritise yourself and say “not today Susan” and keep it moving. This is because you know that your thoughts and feelings are created on what you feed your subconscious - Susan’s baggage isn’t going to help create the reality you want to experience so you don’t take it.

2. You see through the illusion. You know that we’re all here for a relatively short time and want to enjoy it to the fullest. With this in mind you don’t take life too seriously and you seek to become fulfilled as a result of living instead of trying to hoard as much material wealth as possible.

3. You’re open to learning. You understand that we are all students and teachers and that everyone you come across in your journey has something of value to teach you. You approach life with the student’s attitude and seek to learn and grow from every experience that comes into your path.

4. You’re not bothered with what others say or think of you. You’ve realised that some are still “asleep” and you’re fine with that, so you’re not bothered with their opinions of you. You do you and are at peace with yourself - you don’t need any external validation from anyone because you create your own happiness with the lifestyle you live.

5. You walk the spiritual path. Instead of trying to preach to others and talk the talk - you walk the walk. You understand that living your life as an example of the change you would like to see in the world will attract the interest of those who are looking to change. You know that the way to change the world is to change yourself - inspiring others to do so in the process.

Bonus - You know this is an ongoing process of evolution and are looking forward to what each day will bring. You know that there will be both good and bad times ahead - but you aren’t bothered because you’re a spiritual badass.

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path.

Peace & positive vibes.


This may sounds a little bit dramatic, but lately I feel like I don’t know who I am. So I made this little zine about myself. (You can also follow me on Instagram, I’m whoisladywindermere.)