What intention(s) does the term "Self Discovery" attempt to convey?
Two simple enough words yet an incredibly complex notion ... with much of the complexity suffocated in the dust of obfuscation created by those who attempt to place the definition in a box ... to wrap it tightly in chains and so on.
A True Seeker ... and the word "seeker" is not alien to Paganism ... gets lots of help along the way ... the journey ... destination ... ultimate self discovery.
Much of this "help" appears garbed in the vestments of pain, crisis, frustration, anger, impatience and so on ... a rather long list.
Yet in the end ... the True Seeker ... must discover ... for himself/herself ... by himself/herself ... his/her self. All other discovery(s) is an illusion ... worthless ... meaningless.
Let me try with an example ... from nature!
An erupting volcano is impartial ... before inflicting it's destruction on all things/beings in it's path ... in all 6 directions (up and down included)it takes no notice of 'goodness' or 'badness' ... it simply erupts.
People are walking volcanoes ... we suppress so much shit ... and one day the cork pops ... the volcano inside of us erupts.
Most of the time we may not even see it coming ... no time to consider who/what is in the path of destruction ... simply explode.
Those people in the 'path' of such destruction often misunderstand the circumstances ... eg they take the eruption as a personal offense.
Those people who can 'see' ... and they are few ... look for the silver lining in the cloud of dust ... they ask the question ... where is the blessing/good fortune for me in this crisis?
"Do not be influenced by the importance of the writer, and whether his learning be great or small; but let the love of pure truth draw you to read. Do not inquire, “Who said this?” but pay attention to what is said”
Thomas Kempis 1380-1471