Definitions: (1) the intrinsic, fundamental nature of someone; basic; inherent; (2) necessary to make a person what they are; indispensable; requisite; vital; (3) absolute; complete; perfect; pure

• It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944) French poet
• We discover an important truth when we begin to experience our essence, or true nature. We find out that Essence manifests in many different qualities – what we have called the essential aspects. In other words, not only is Essence the pure and authentic presence of our Being, the ontological beingness of our soul, but this presence manifests itself in and as various experiential qualities that are clearly discernible. So Essence also presents itself as the sweetness of Love, or the warmth of Compassion, or the fire of Strength, or the solidity of Will, or the stillness of Peace – depending on the needs of the particular situation. — Abdul Hameed Almaas [born Abdul Hameed Ali] (1944-) Integral theorist, Spacecruiser Inquiry {2002}

Affirmation: I am essential.