The Things Necessary to Knowing ‘Who Am I?’ – November 30 2018

The Things Necessary to Knowing ‘Who Am I?’ – November 30 2018

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, or indeed to anyone who would like to study the Vedic worldview. Life After Death: The Burden of Proof by Deepak Chopra is one that recently I have been suggesting, for obvious reasons, to friends and students who have been dealing with the passing of loved ones. But one of the most fascinating things to me about the book is how much of it is about the way in which we live our lives. 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 indeed is simply a special kind of tomorrow.
 
When we look at the questions presented by Dr. Chopra, it can be surprising how many of them we perhaps can’t answer. Rather than to paraphrase, I have presented the questions below as they appear in the book.
 
Here 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
 
When we ask these questions, it’s important to remember it’s not necessary to ‘figure it all out.’ We are not asking ourselves to step into speculation about who we are. Rather, we want to notice those places we are not living in the way suggested by the answers we have already, 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.