Labels – not just a name, a separation

How do you see yourself? Do you use labels to describe who you are – a mother, father, male, female, English, African, a doctor, a teacher, Christian, Jewish …. the list goes on? A great cause of our separateness in today’s world is due to the labels we put on ourselves, as though they define who we are, yet in reality these are all illusions. They mask the real person beneath the labels. Regardless of nationality, gender, religion (or none), or occupation which may describe a part of your life at any given time, it is not the real you.

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The shadow – no name, no race, no religion

Putting ourselves into little boxes only creates boundaries which then need to be overcome in order for us to connect with another we view as different to us. When we see that all others on the planet, regardless of the labels they themselves use, are in essence the same as us – they love, they hate, they work, they cry, they bleed, they hurt, they suffer, they give…. only then can we start to feel a real connection, and come to an understanding that they are not so different after all. How can anyone kill or hurt another, when they see the true person and connect with them on a human level, a level of ‘being’? News stories very often have a focus on emphasising the LABELS when describing war, murder, rape, robbery, as though somehow these are what the perpetrators are, and we should watch out for anyone that ‘fits the bill’ in future. How would we view these people if they were simply described as humans – no religion, colour or race attached? Admittedly, humans who have lost their way, but humans nonetheless, and not so different from us. How would we act in the same situation? It is too easy to pass judgements on those who seem different, and the only reason we feel comfortable in doing so, is because we are labelling them so they appear to be separate to us, they don’t have a place in OUR usual view of OUR world.

Please, next time you encounter another being, and start to judge them by their colour, appearance, age etc. – stop! Take another look, and see the real human being underneath the labels.

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About Penny Houghton

I have been on my journey of self-discovery for many years, having had a particular interest in meditation and toning in the past. I am still seeking the Truth, and have given lectures on many topics, including healing through sound, animal afterlife, humans connecting and transforming, and living in the now. Currently I run a discussion group, and am considering running workshops. I am eager to share what I have learned along the way with others, and also to learn in return!
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2 Responses to Labels – not just a name, a separation

  1. yakinamac says:

    The thing about labels is – they’re useful. We make loads of quick judgements about other people when we see them. Often, we call it instinct. The key, I think, is to try and be aware as possible of the labels we’re using, and the evidence on which we’re basing them – and be ready to adjust our perspectives in light of new information.

    • Yes labels do have their place, and often we can’t do without them. In connecting with others though, it is good to get past the labels to the person underneath, and you’re right, our quick judgements are how we usually sum a person up – being aware that we are doing that is the key, so we can look at them from a new perspective.

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