Me or I am?
Words are pointers for our attention to follow...
"Me" is an identity that grew over the years; rooted in the physical senses and a developing brain.
"Me" is the personal body-mind "I" assume myself to be.
I am aware of my self-image.
I am aware of pleasure and pain.
I am aware of suffering.
I am aware of a deep, subtle inner uncomfortableness that stirs up a longing...
... a longing to know the truth, to escape the limitations/slavery of the finite me-bubble.
There is an intuition that Life is more than thinking can understand.
Who am I?
Who am I, prior to the arising of the personal story?
Who am I, free of faulty thinking, free of suffering?
Do I see Life as it IS, or do I see everything filtered through the lens of "me", the assumed personal doer I believe myself to be?
"Me" is not only a story in the thinking mind, but also a visceral identity stored as muscle-memory!
I AM is the Christian name for God.
God, not a Santa Claus, not an idol, not a mental image, not "another".
God, the cause of the phenomena of life:
"too pure to behold inequity" (Habakkuk 1:13).
Life is quite amazing...
Who made all of "this"?!
Who am I?
What do I really want and need?
Know the truth
... and the truth will set you free.
If we have a longing for truth we need to risk to leave this world (our me-story) alone for periods, and go back to the one who is aware, the one who cannot say "I am not".
Mr. Jesus is asking the question in Mark, Matthew and Luke:
Who do you say I am?
In our initial innocent ignorance we mix up flesh (effect/object) and Spirit (cause/awareness); we take things personally and miss the mark.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
Who am I?
Not the story I tell myself, but who am I, prior to the arising of mind (thoughts, perceptions, sensations)?
Who am I, without living second-hand.
Not thinking I am me, but being I am.
Without examining the fun-da-mental workings of our thinking mind we might never notice our own blindspots.
Life is a gift
... not a problem to be solved.
It is humbling to experience that what we longed for all our life IS always here and now.
We overlook I AM – Awareness – in favor of fleeting objects, circumstances, conditions, relationships, substances, ideas, hopes, beliefs.
Practical peace of mind, in daily living
"Peace I leave with you;
My peace I (Awareness) give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid."