Who are you, folk?
Are you a student? A professional? A businessman? A teacher? An employee?
Many people, when questioned about who they think they are, will respond based on their position and status in the society.
If ask, “Who are you?” people usually answer, “Well, I am an employee of ABC company”
They reply based on their position and status in a society which is continually being conditioned by individuals’ perceptions and behaviors.
I have no problem with that. But here, I am asking about it on a deeper level.
When I say, “Who are you?” I am referring about who you truly are before the industrialization and social conditioning took place. I am referring about who you truly are beyond form, beyond thinking.
Who are you?
You are the consciousness. You are a human being full of love and peace. You are the intelligence capable of experiencing love, happiness, and joy.
We are the unconditional love and bliss.
Do not define it mentally for a reason that your mind will just give a definition of you based on the facts it gathered from your past experiences and social conditioning.
How do you know you are a human being with unconditional love and bliss?
From 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.”
And who is God? Who is Jesus?
Both of them manifest one quality and that is LOVE. According to John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” This is to say, both God and Jesus exhibit LOVE for all of His creations.
We are the unconditional love and bliss capable of experiencing joy and happiness.
When we are meditating or in the process of carefully monitoring our thoughts, who do you think is the one who recognize those thoughts? That is you! That is the intelligence. That is your true self. In contrast, the thoughts you are thinking are not you, but pretending to be you.
You are not your thoughts but the intelligence and consciousness who is aware of those thoughts.
For instance, when you are thinking, there are a lot of thoughts, ideas, and perceptions coming in your mind. Awareness takes place when you do not identify your sense of self by them. Those thoughts, ideas, and perceptions are just facts and data based on the past experiences and social conditioning you have experienced. And those are not you. You are the consciousness who is aware of the thoughts that come to your mind.
Those thoughts are pretending to be you.
Eckhart Tolle, the author of international best-selling book, “The Power of Now”, defined it at the simplest explanation when he said, “What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. Who am I then? The one who sees that.”
When fully realized, we can be able to experience an unending peace and joy. Moreover, we are able to understand who we truly are which gives tremendous liberation and freedom from the vicious slavery of the mind. The main reason of people’s unhappiness is the endless and unsatisfied ego being formed by the mind. The thoughts that come to our mind, which is to say ego, are never satisfied and will continue to produce “wanting”, “craving”, and “desire”.
The practical way to fully realize this is by being present in the moment and meditation.
When meditating, we are able to observe our thoughts. Observe those thoughts and be aware that you are not those thoughts, but the one who recognizes those thoughts. One will experience this when thoughts can be felt from the front part of the brain and the one, who is our true self, can be felt from the back part of the brain.
I am writing this piece and I truly say I am not thinking about it obsessively. The ideas come spontaneously from the deepest intelligence an individual has.
Aristotle quoted, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” We can interpret it by saying, “It is a human power to be able to observe a thought without accepting it.” He understands that there is a greater intelligence in the individuality of a person.
Again, you are not the thoughts in your mind. The thoughts are basically the facts and data from past experiences and the astonishing part here is that you are not your past. There is no past nor future. All is NOW. Past and future cannot exist without the NOW.
Buddha said, “The root of suffering is attachment.” It means that the root of unhappiness comes from attachment to the thoughts from our compulsive thinking. Also, he said, “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.” With this, we can say that there is nothing can give us disturbance if we are just aware of how our thoughts are working.
We are the unconditional love and bliss capable of experiencing the joy and happiness.
You do not need anything to make you a complete individual. You do not need anyone to make you happy the same way you do not need external or material things to feel fulfilled. You are already enough. You are a human being capable of experiencing life which involves sadness and happiness.
Do not trust your thoughts. On the other hand, trust your instincts which come from the intelligence and consciousness that are already within and accessible to you at this very point of moment, waiting for you to be awaken.