There is a lot of talk about "your true nature", and I was (in the not-at-all-distant past) a big believer in it myself.
However, I now see it was just another line drawn in the sand. Here is "me", and here is "life". This is where I end, and "the rest" of Life begins.
And really, there IS NO SUCH LINE.
"My true nature" and trying to achieve it at all times, was just another way to keep some of life OUT, and some of life IN, and the truth is NO ONE GETS TO DO THAT. :) And the reason no one does, is actually the sweetest thing! The reason no one gets to keep some of life OUT and some of life IN, is because there is literally NOTHING that is NOT "LIFE". So what could keep what out and what in? Even the trying to keep out, and in, is still and only, "Life".
Even death, is life. And I don't mean that in any esoteric or spiritual sense at all, I mean that both "death" and "life" are labels for "experience" in and AS life — one that we can actually never accurately describe, nor truly know anything about, beyond concepts that try to grasp at it.
I don't have a "true nature". I AM "nature".
All of it. Everything that is found in life and nature, is found right here.
Have a look at this video: (it's hilarious) ;)
Are these cats unenlightened? How about the crows, are they lost in their egos? Is this definitely NOT "true nature"? Or is this just Life Life-ing?
When a storm rips through and breaks the branches of trees, is it said: "that storm needs to work on its issues!"
When the sun shines brilliant on the horizon, is it said: "that sunset is so arrogant!"
Yet these are the thoughts that are applied to humans, as if humans are not nature itself, as if they are NOT "life", as if they are something superior-to and/or other-than Life. As if they were something separate all-together.
It is easy to see that it is absolutely ridiculous to say the storm has issues, and that the sunset is arrogant, and that the cats are unenlightened, because there is a thought that says storms and sunsets don't have thoughts or intelligence or intention, and humans do - and that is a very nice story, but it isn't true. Humans don't "have" thoughts, or intelligence of intention either. In actuality, if you look very closely and honestly, you will see that there are simply thoughts ABOUT storms, ABOUT sunsets, ABOUT cats, ABOUT humans, ABOUT intelligence, ABOUT intention, and ABOUT a human that owns some of these, and these thoughts are all simply known to you, as they are, at face value. These thoughts are not owned by you or anyone, they just show up. They seem soooo personal, and they aren't. The story is part of life, there is nothing wrong with it, it simply labels and separates and that is part of the beauty of experience!
But if you look at experience itself, directly, nakedly, story set aside for just a moment... you will see indisputably that the line in the sand disappears. The "line in the sand" is made of story. When it goes, so does the line.
The kicker is, it doesn't matter if this is seen, or not. It's still and only Life! The story doesn't need to go away (and you could never make it) in order for you to see that the line is only there as a thought. And no one needs to see it. It is seen and not-seen, inextricably as life itself.
The sunset, the person, the cat and the crow... they are but a few of your myriad colors.
When the pond ripples, no one accuses it of being lost in ripples. It is clear to see there is still, and only, the pond.