It seems like we must discard our human nature in order to reach our eternal self. This is a misconception. We must first transcend or turn away from our humanity and focus our intent on the inner most self or heart. Once we discover and merge with the source or illuminating principle of the universe, we then come back into our humanity and become a powerhouse for grace. Which makes straight the imbalances of our character, and bends every action towards service as a complete human being.