The Path of Self-realization.
The entering of a "crisis of identity" is the initiation on the Path of Self-realization. The Path of Self-realization can in this context be understood as the Path to "return back" to our innate feelings of authenticity and autonomy: A returning home to feel complete and whole again as a being.
To feel completeness and wholeness again we can not keep ourselves stuck in our ego-identity, while "in-completeness" and "never really satisfied" are innate characteristics of the ego-identity. So to find completeness we have to go beyond the ego-identity.
HOW DO WE GO BEYOND THE EGO?
The difference with all other journeys we can take into the World is that this returning home is a journey we take inwards. We travel deep inside ourselves. We become conscious of our internal world. The world inside our physical body. This means going beyond the ego-identity.
This traveling inside of us is motivated by a constant and steady self-reflection/observation or self-inquiry. We become self-aware and in this process our level of consciousness grows. We start to realize our "true nature".
The growth is primarily an internal growth which means we become more aware of our thoughts, feelings, emotions and behavior, which all together we can call our conditioning. It is our conditioning which was responsible for how we experienced ourselves and how we experienced the World.
When we start to change this conditioning, we start to change how we experience the World and in the end we also start to change our sense of who we are. This does not mean that we change our conditioning and we identify ourselves again with this. No, this time we rise above this conditioning and we start to de-identify with our thoughts, feelings, emotions and behavior. We realize that we "have" them, we have a conditioning, but we are not it. We are not our ego-identity anymore.
WHO ARE WE IN OUR DEEPEST ESSENCE?
This does not mean that we do not take responsibility for what we think and feel, but we do not have to take every thought and feeling so serious anymore. We experience a sense of distance to what is going on inside of us and everything what happens outside us.
This experience of distance (which should not be confused with being numb or not-interested) is called the Observer or Witness perspective.
Being the Self is a sense of "spaciousness". Our true identity in our deepest essence is as state of "spacious-awareness". This state has always been there since the very beginning, but has all the time been obscured by the mask of the ego.
THE PROCESS OF AWAKENING.
With more and more insight (realizations), our identity starts to shift from "thought-based ego conditioning" to "spacious-awareness".
We start to feel more and more whole and complete again. More peaceful and present in the moment. In the here & now.
However our ego-identity will start to fight back and it has its ways of tricking us and keeping us stuck. Shifting your identity to your deepest essence is a journey with ups and downs, this is called the "process of awakening".
YOUR GREATEST POTENTIAL.
Because our outside World is a reflection of what is going on inside of us, also our external experience of life starts to change. We start to see things more positive, because we start to understand why things are like they are and how we have created our own reality of life.
In this change life also starts to give us (synchronicity) different experiences: new chances come onto our path like jobs, people, relationships, friends etc. Maybe we travel the World for a while to detach even more from our old-conditioning.
The Path of Self-realization is a path which can not be reverted, so once you start walking it there is no way back. Although walking the Path of Self-realization is the only way towards a life of purpose, real happiness and deep inner-peace the Path can be very bumpy and chaotic, with lots of ups and downs, challenges and pitfalls.
Walking the Path requests sincere honesty, vulnerability and courage.