The Things Necessary to Knowing ‘Who Am I?’ – January 15 2020

The Things Necessary to Knowing ‘Who Am I?’ – January 15 2020

Each of us is here to discover our true Self… that essentially we are spiritual beings who have taken manifestation in physical form… that we’re not human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences, that we’re spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences.

Deepak Chopra,

Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

There are a few books we recommend to meditators in our tradition. Life After Death: The Burden of Proof by Deepak Chopra is one that I suggest, for obvious reasons, to friends dealing with the passing of loved ones. But what fascinates me about the book is how much of it is about the way we live. Dr. Chopra says that when people ask him what will happen when they die, he answers with a question of his own, which is who are you today? For who we are today determines who we will be tomorrow, and death is simply a special kind of tomorrow.

These are the things necessary to knowing ‘Who am I?’:

1. What is your story? Your story is more than just a list of events in your life. It’s about your self-image, how you see yourself, what shaped your mind, which memories imprinted themselves on you. Taken altogether, your story tells you where you are in the cycle of life.

2. What are your expectations? Expectations are seeds. Once planted, they manifest into those things we gain from life, or lose. When you become aware of your own expectations, you discover the unspoken limits you have set on yourself. There is a huge difference between those who expect great things and those who don’t.

3. What is your purpose? this is the meaning you are trying to find. Purpose runs deeper than the superficial things we hope to get, which mostly center on money, possessions, status, and comfort. If you know your purpose, you know the deeper project to which your life is dedicated.

4. What is your destination? This is about fulfillment. Human goals are endless; they unfold, not like a road that has an end but like a river that flows to joint the sea, merging with ever larger possibilities. If you know your destination, ou can envision your highest fulfillment.

5. What is your path? Having identified your purpose and your destination, there must be a way to there. “Path” has been adopted as a spiritual term, but in fact everyone, spiritual or not, follows certain ways to get where they want to go.

6. Who are your adversaries? Forward motion is never without obstacles. On your path you will find yourself blocked. At times the adversary is external, but if you examine yourself deeply, you will find it is always internal as well.

7. Who are your allies? We all bring others with us on our journey. Just as your adversaries did, you may identify these allies as external, but they only reflect your own inner strength, just as an opponent reflects your inner vulnerability.

from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof

by Deepak Chopra

These are not questions to be ‘figured out.’ We just want to notice where we are not living in our answers, and become willing to live in the questions that we have not yet answered.

And what we will find is that the questions we choose to live in affect our life every bit as much as the answers we’ve already found.

Today I will find the willingness to ask who I am, and to stay open to seeing what answers may arise.

Calves, Chumash Highway, CA