So he went within and contacted this being inside him that was also connected to the Soul of the Universe. He discovered what was really true—not something that had mood swings, fears, anxieties, depressions, ecstasies, and manias. This true self is not disturbed by outer events. It is not dependent on what other people did or said. But it takes discipline to find it.
He set out a simple, but not easy, 8-fold path to give structure to those who wanted some guidance. If they followed his teachings, people could live a clean, well-ordered life without dramas, upsets, and emotional turbulence that create more pain. Too many people think that whatever their mind says is who they are. The problem is that the mind is up and down, is fickle, changes quickly, and based on survival, not love. It can’t experience the present moment and jumps between the past and the future.
Buddha says you don’t have to live that way. Give yourself the chance to find out who you really are. Your true self is something that does not change and cannot be destroyed