Be A Student Of Your (Highest) Self!

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to

make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear TDL Students & Teachers:

Did you ever think of yourself as a student and a teacher? You may not realize it, but by learning about your actions, thoughts, feelings, and words–you are constantly in flux between being a student and a teacher. When you are learning about yourself, you are actually teaching you about you. 

In my life, how I treat ME is the highest form of learning about, and teaching ME that I matter, I am worthy, and I simply AM. I am coming to realize how important it is that we each become students and experts of ourSelves. By that, I mean shedding light upon and making peace with both our egos and our spiritual cores, our minds and our hearts–all that makes us human beings and spiritual beings.

If we think about the planet (and the galaxy) as a huge school, we can begin to view and honor our relationships and experiences as lessons toward our highest Go(o)D.

Earlier in my life, I had little capacity for reflecting on myself and my own behaviors; now, I truly believe that my most important function and highest calling in the Uni-verse is to get to know Me, to love and accept myself, and to love and serve others. 

But this kind of self-reflection doesn’t come so easy for some (including me . . .). And, it’s not often that we are taught how to do it. We are afraid of what we might find in our deepest, dark spots–so we turn away and adopt behaviors that enable us to deny these parts of ourselves . . . We are scared we are deficient, broken and not enough. But once we open ourselves up to dying to these parts of ourselves, we can be reborn. And it doesn’t matter anymore what others say, think or believe.

“Call me whatever you like; I am who I must be.” 

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

I don’t know about you, but I have been called some nasty S#!T(uff) in my life–very publicly, and closely in my circle of friends. I suppose some of it’s a bit true, but mostly not. What I’ve learned is not to defend myself, because that gives energy to the information, and it depletes me, and what I now know is that whatever someone else says about me is not really about me, but is a projection of someone’s stuff onto me (just like my own judgment of others). I’ve been called many names–and it’s really okay. These situations have made me better. They help me to define and know the truth about ME–which doesn’t depend on anyone else. And, I don’t always make sense or remain constant in my behavior–but that’s okay, too. I’m human.

“Do I contradict myself?

Very well, then, I contradict myself.

I am large, I contain multitudes.”

~Walt Whitman

I don’t know about you, but I TRUST THE WALT!

Not really . . . I trust ME, the one and only Dana Lynne Curry! 

Love, ME & YOU!



Dana Lynne Curry, Ph.D., has been teaching middle school English (with no low bun) for over 23 years. She is a gReaT-fuL Writer, Storyteller, Teacher, Student, Irreverent GoofBall, Blogger, Servant, Philosopher, Spiritual Collagist (is that a word?), Mama, LoVer of LiFe!, Amazing Friend, and one cOOL pUsSy caT!! Find Dana at funfreeME  on Facebook and on Twitter @funfreeMe1.

  • Carie Bean

    Getting to know ourselves is truly what its all about! After my long 33 year old existence I’m still learning this . Once we begin to understand ourselves then and only then can we begin to understand others. Just sometimes confusion sets in and it seems selfish to be about ones own stuff. However its selfish not to because you can’t be all you are if you are shutting parts of your self out.

    Great self reflection! Thank you

    • danalynnecurry

      Thanks, Carrie. I’ve learned that I am the best at being me rather than imitating others or morphing myself to “become” the person I’m with so they accept or aprove of me. I finally (after 47 years!) am becoming comfortable in my own skin. AAaaaaaaah!

  • susanms

    Thank you Dana for reminding me that who I am in all my complicated manifestaions is just fine and worthy and loved. Always

    • danalynnecurry

      Hi Susan–
      The complicated manifestations part has been tough for me to accept–I’ve been playing perfect my whole life. Enough!