To finish off this week, I’d like to evoke one of the most important subjects: that of identity.
Who are you?
Who do you think you are?
Everyone has a part of their identity attached to their name.
For most people, a large part of their identity is focused on their origins and culture: nationality, ethnicity, religion, profession. These are between the first questions we ask people when meet: “Where are you from? What kind of work do you do?”
Another part is built on the personal history: places where we lived, studied and worked, our trips. On our results in life: wealth, stuff, connections. Or in general, on any and all of our successes and failures.
A common thing is to construct identity from character, skills and habits. “I am a kind person”, “I am the person who always helps my family and friends”, “I am running three times a week”.
What is less visible to us but no less frequent are identities around our struggles: “I am a depressed person”, “I am an addict”, “I am afraid of speaking up”, “I am bad at negotiating”.
The truth is: whatever identity you think you have, you are making it up.
In each moment, the experience is recreated from scratch in Thought, powered by Mind and brought to life by Consciousness. Each day and each moment, you have a chance to start fresh off a blank page.
Letting go of the habitual identity may sound scary at first. Our identity drives so much of our behavior that without it we become disoriented for a while. When we start seeing through all of the things we thought of as “givens”, we no longer can use these things as a solid ground for making our decisions and guiding us forward.
But eventually, we get used to the unknown. We realize that the Big Nothing is actually not empty at all. It is filled with the energy of life and the pure consciousness. It is filled with possibilities and potential. Even better, we realize that in each moment of our life we have the universal intelligence of Mind at our disposal. And we can trust it to guide us when we need guidance, and we can play the game of life freely when all paths are open to us.
Whether this topic sparkles your curiosity or feels disturbing, let’s talk! There is so much to see in this area, so much to discover. To start a conversation, contact me on Messenger.