I’ve been getting all tangled up in “selfs” lately.  There’s self-awareness, self-esteem, self-worth, self-confidence, self-knowledge, self-image, self-respect, self-efficacy, and all the varied assortments of theory and blather about self-concepts.

They do go on and on.

“banana slice dice and chop” by Evan via Flickr [CC BY-ND 2.0]
Slicing, dicing…chopping, chopping, chopping.  How you see yourself and the ways and means for changing your “bad” attitudes about yourself is pretty much the foundation of most mental health healing systems and a heck of a lot of motivational tapes, it seems to me.

It’s all supposed to help you decide what you do (or avoid doing) next.  It’s all supposed to help you find happiness and “your best life.”

(See?  It says that…right there!)

The thing that is getting to me, I think, is all of those definitions.  Each one is little more than just one more way of changing out filters in your head.

I am forced to ask myself:  How many selves are dancing around in that teeny head of yours, girl?

(ACK!  It looks like there are multitudes in there and all of them are wearing a version of my face or some unreasonable facsimile.)

“It’s not easy being a Debauche Loony” by I am R. via Flickr [CC BY-2.0]
Doing this dance is supposed to help you attain “success” in the world (whatever your definition of success happens to be).  It says so…after every riff about why each whole other self-thing is so all-fired important.

My problem with all of it is that, basically, I find myself pretty boring.  After a lifetime of watching me, it’s gotten more than a bit snooze-inducing, and I just can’t work up much enthusiasm for it all.

“Head Trip” by Steve Jurvetson via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
Another problem with the whole self-thing is that it is just so deadly, dully SERIOUS.  SHEESH!


And then I stumbled across the following video, “The notion of self and other teachings by Puppetji”.  It was published in 2013 by Science and Nonduality (SAND) and features a talk given when the guy put in an appearance as a guest speaker at one of their conferences.

SAND is an online community of creatives, freethinkers and deep thinkers who put together events, produce articles, movies and other projects and maintain an online community all around the concept of nonduality (another word for lack of separation and an argument for interdependence, the Oneness of all things, and other such woo-woo topics).

Click the button to check out their website:


The mission statement of this non-profit group tells us, “Science and Nonduality is a community inspired by timeless wisdom, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct experience. We come together in an open-hearted exploration while celebrating our humanity.”

Apparently, they are all about the interdependence of the All of Everything and their purpose is to mash up ancient wisdoms with newfangled scientific conjecture and thinking in order to gain new insights about the big questions of what it means to be human, how to become more conscious, and the possible places you can look to find meaning and purpose in your own life.

It sounds like a very good thing.  They seem to be having lots of fun in the process of doing their mashups and fostering and promoting new ways of thinking.


However, I have to confess that my heart belongs to Puppetji Guru.

Too bad he’s officially retired.  (My guess is that he’s gone back to helping to run the family store in Pune, India, “The New Delhi Deli” – home of the famous six-foot Swami-Pastrami.)

Puppetji Guru sure was a lot of fun and he did have a great run (for a foam-and-cloth based entity).   The little dude got famous and everything.

The creation of freelancer puppeteer and voice actor James Murray, Puppetji Guru became a coveted international public speaker for various spiritual conferences and such, in his role as something called a “joyologist” and a “momentarian.”

The Guru’s insightful (and self-admittedly meaningless) video “Socksangs,” which are still alive on YouTube, are little nonsensical “wisdom”-snippets that encourage us humans to stop thinking so much and are apparently all in aid of living a little bit more.

The guru puppet even published a book, PUPPETJI’S WORDS OF WIZDUMB:  Deeply Meaningless Insights and Revelations by Puppetji Guru.

The master dummy still has a Facebook page of his own as well as a fan group page on Facebook, and he’s got a Twitter account.  He was even interviewed occasionally by various online seeker-zines and those posts are still floating around.

His profile lays out his philosophy nicely.  It says, “I don’t exist…I am but a reflection of your own inner Guru manifested in this apparent unreality to remind you to stop thinking so much.

Then Puppetji Guru advises:  “Open your heart to a new way of being…and when times get tough and the chatter in your head begins to take over; stop…stop what you’re “doing” and drop into your BE-ing. THEN…From this calm place that resides inside you, the ever constant presence within…DANCE.”

“Some days are like forever: santa Barbara (2009)” by torbakhopper via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]
This enlightened master manikin is cool because he doesn’t know anything about anything and he admits it freely.

It’s ALL a mystery to Puppetji Guru.  He likes it that way, and many people (including me) like having him tell them to “Enlighten Up.”

One more video, published by puppetji69 in 2007 is “Puppetji Speaks:  WHO AM I?”

Is his message “life-changing?”  Probably not.  It does make you smile, though, and if you’re not careful, it can make you think.


“Diced, sliced, pickled and ready!” by Laura Thorne [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]
Here’s a poem:



I am not politically correct.

The Mind Police can come

And take me away….

I don’t care.


I will not be trammeled by

Your excessive sensibilities.

I will not be bound by your neuroses.

That’s yours; I don’t have to play.


I won’t.

Feelings are just passing things and

Monkey-mind rules the broadband waves.

Me, I’ll just do mine.


You can do yours. 

Go!  Play!

I haven’t got all day

To comb out the knots in your issues.


I do my dance and I’m just fine.

I don’t need to eat your regurgitated thoughts.

I’m not a baby bird, ya know….

Vomit is not my favorite food.

Created by Netta Kanoho

Header Photo credit:  “Examining clouds” by Kate Ter Haar via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

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  1. I love this.  I used to stress out over everything. Once I realized I couldn’t control everyone else, things got much easier.  Going through life just waiting for what is going to come next is a lot more fun that stressing over it!

    I’m curious to know how you came across this puppet guru?  I like him and will have to check him out more.

    1. Annie, thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts.  I’m pleased you enjoyed the post.

      Google “Puppetji Guru” and you’ll get links to his Facebook, Twitter, videos on YouTube and other nonsense.  I just stumbled across him when I had hit the wall on trying to do some post about self-awareness.  A perfect example of serendipity at work!

      Please do come again.

  2. Hi there,

    Nowdays,  “Who am I” it seems to be a question that is getting harder and harder to answer. We offer answers to everything, but less about our own person. We know ourselves so little, and many of us have lost our own personality, by being taken over and controlled by the outside world.

    Thank you for sharing. Great article!

    1. Thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts, Diana.  I do agree with you.  The times, they sure are confusing!

      Please come again.

  3. Hmm! These days, a lot of us have “grown” so much to the extent that we have understood so little about ourselves and what makes us unique and special humans for ourselves. 

    This is really restful.  Thank you for sharing here. To be honest, I fancy this post a lot.  Thanks for sharing about learning about ourselves and that understanding what makes us who we are is integral to any self growth or development

    1. Thanks for your visit and for sharing your thoughts, Ella.  I do appreciate it.  I am pleased you found the post helpful.

      Please do come again.

  4. Great post and a very good post poem to match as well. 

    It is true that there are so many self this and self that and on a lighter note, there is now the self isolation as well. 

    I think it is important that we know how to deal with ourselves but also we should also notice what is going on with those around us as well. Nice job.

    1. Thanks for your visit and for your kind words.  Your addition of “self-isolation” made me grin.  

      Please do come again.

  5. Being cheerful and laughing a lot is a healthy part of life, or it should be. 

    I think that the more we explore ourselves, the more reasons to frown we find. And being light hearted is not the solution. 

    The solution is to conclude we need to approach our existence with excitement. As a child would be excited about the new things he has ahead, so should we also as adults have multiple reasons to smile.

    1. Welcome back, Ann.  I do think you’re right.  Excitement and enthusiasm plus lots of smiling sure does make it go along better.

      Please do come again.

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