I wish people were transparent. At least as transparent as dogs and horses. There is no lying with dogs and horses. Or cats. We know where we stand with plants and animals. They all are like the Buddha, as one "thus come," just as they are, straight from the womb, or the acorn. We rarely ever are that way. We kid ourselves. Think about that. Kidding ourselves is what we do best. Think about that. We can't be transparent even with ourselves. With us NOTHING is as it appears to be! Ever! Kidding ourselves about God is our highest achievement at self-deception. But that applies only in the west. The people in the east don't kid themselves about God. There is no Original Sin in the east. People aren't born guilty of pissing God off, so that God has to kid even himself by offering up Jesus as a sacrifice to himself in order to say, "Ah, never mind. Ya'll come on in." In the west, self-deception goes all the way to the top. We are born into a culture where God is assumed. We are born into a God-milieu, and everybody is awash in some quasi-theology from birth, and everybody knows it's all so because that's all they have ever heard, so of course it's so. Even the people who don't believe in God know exactly the God they don't believe in, and carry that God around with them, in a negative kind of way, wherever they go. We all are kidding ourselves. And we are kidding ourselves about not kidding ourselves. How do we step away from the game of self-deception in order to be transparent? Even to ourselves? Especially to ourselves? Ever? We die not-knowing who we are. Who we would be apart from the lies. Who we would be if we stepped away from the lies in order to be who we are straight-up.
Our original nature is here to be realized, in the sense of our realizing what it is/who we are, and in the sense of being made real, brought forth, exhibited and expressed in our life. We have to live in ways that are true to ourselves. When we don't, there are symptoms, and issues, and indications that something is amiss all our life long. We are off balance, out of harmony, out of tune, off key, and it shows. It is time for a meeting of the minds. Our conscious mind has to sit down with our unconscious mind, and reach agreement about how we live together going forward. We have to integrate Logos with Mythos. Our logical, rational, intellectual, analytical mind has to be integrated with our instinctive, intuitive, imaginative, creative mind. The work of growing up is the work of maturation is the work of dancing to the music embedded in our bones, and becoming "The Youthful Immortal" (Benjamin Hoff) we are capable of being.