Eu Maior (Higher Self) is a feature-length Brazilian documentary, with subtitles, that explores self-knowledge and the pursuit of happiness. The filmmakers interview thirty individuals with various backgrounds, including spiritual leaders, intellectuals, artists and professional athletes.
There are a few fundamental questions that almost every human being asks at some point. Does God really exist? Who am I? Why am I here? What is the meaning of my life? How does a human being function? Is there a difference between mind, body and spirit? Do the three work separately?
Regardless of how far we might advance in science and technology, we will never know all that is to be known about our world. And the fact that some information is missing does not make us any less human; in fact it makes us more human and less godly.
Many people embark on journeys of self-discovery. This takes many forms. For some it’s about improving their diet, simplifying their lives, or trekking up the highest peaks. For one man, surfing is what allows him to get in touch with himself on a deeper level. He equates giant waves to life and its many challenges and sees life as a constant search for truth.
It’s normal for humans to try to find answers and satisfaction, but at the same time each person needs to be aware of the fact that the satisfaction he or she is seeking will never be enough. One Hindu philosophy teacher states that it all needs to begin with understanding what the problem really is and what is being sought. She goes on to say that too often people run out looking for solutions without first figuring out what the problem is.
Most people believe that we’re here on Earth with a specific purpose. This purpose could be as uncomplicated as constant evolution and growth that changes over time. It all depends on which stage of life the individual is in. According to an astrologer, life already has a meaning and it’s up to each person to live out that meaning.
A psychiatrist adds that he once heard a philosopher state that life has no meaning, but there’s nothing wrong with giving it one. This statement produces a sense of liberty and seriousness at the same time because life becomes a personal project in which each individual seeks to write his or her own story. This story needs to be based on moral values, he warns, and each person needs to end the story much better than how it started.
One of the greatest challenges a person will ever face is getting to know him or herself. This includes understanding all emotions and being willing to let go of anything that is no longer of service.