Topic 2: Who Are You Really?

Posted by on September 10, 2012 in Series-The View from Here | 16 comments


Episode 2If I were to ask you who you are, you would most likely start with your name, then perhaps whether you are a parent, followed by your line of work, where you are from, and from there the list gets more variable, religion maybe, or a concern or hobby that interests you, but you get the drill. The point is, there is a definite “you” in your mind, and you believe my question is directed at asking for the description of that individual – you. Our uniform approach to answering the question, “who are you?” is a perfect example of how we’ve been conditioned to perceive our world. We are taught to start with a sense of “me,” and we are given the parameters by which we determine that “me.”

If only we could remember when we entered this world, we’d see that we didn’t arrive with that description. In fact, had there been a mix-up in the nursery, you could just as easily have been Isaac Levine or Sheila O’Leary, and all that implies. A description is what in fact created you, not the other way round. Our very first bit of information was confirmation of our gender, the next our name. “Oh was a beautiful little boy (girl). Oh my precious little Stevie (Martha).” You’re actual moment of birth happened then, when you were born to your name. That defined the stage on which your life would be played out, and you were taught to build from that platform. Your parents were the first to give you a great deal of information as to who you were, then family, community, church, country, etc. In the same manner, scientists were taught to start with atoms and subatomic particles, which once named and described, were treated as a given, and from that platform scientists described our present view of the formation of matter and the world.

The quantum scientists were stunned when their quantum experiments suggested their prior description of the world as determinant and built from identifiable and measurable building blocks wasn’t an accurate portrayal. What if we humans were wrong too? What if there isn’t a definite, determinant Bobby or Sally or Sean. If I were to ask you to locate yourself, you’d point to your body. But let’s face it, we’ve already shown how that could have just as easily been someone else. So you are NOT your body. So where is this person who goes by your name? You might next point to your head; for it feels somewhat like the notion of you is in there. And that would indeed put you much closer to the truth.

For in truth, you could say that you or I are an idea to which we were first introduced when we were informed of our name and gender. Then to that, we were shown how to add long lists of beliefs, opinions, assumptions, conclusions and values. Are you beginning to get a sense of something happening here? Are you realizing there is nothing substantive about you, something that you could pick up or carry to another location? Yes, your body can do that but, remember, you aren’t your body. Your body is a physical entity that could just as easily have a different name and set of beliefs associated with it. Who or where is this person who fights to be right, who defends itself, who suffers, who believes it will die?

You, as you know yourself, are a being you’ve been taught exists. And further to that, you’ve been taught to apply that same sort of method of describing to everything else—the “others” in your life. We have been conditioned to see the world from the vantage point of I-Thou, subject-object, to such a degree that had you not read this blog, you wouldn’t likely question that orientation. You would go on accepting that to divvy the world into objects  and treat them as if their real nature is something of substance inseparable from the physical container  is an accurate way of describing the world. Only it’s not. For what you are in truth is something most extraordinary, not to be confused with the body in which it is housed. Does it matter that we know ourselves from this other perspective?  Immensely. To know ourselves as only Mary or John is the fundamental cause for most of our difficulties here on earth. To know our true nature is to know a way out. Are you curious? Then chew on these ideas a bit, ask some questions or share some comments and keep an eye out, as we expand on these ideas, for Topic 3: The Perpetrating of a Hoax.

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  1. Very deep Christina. Reminded me of a song by Moody Blues’ Graeme Edge – In The Beginning. It begins
    ‘I think,
    I think i am
    Therefore I am
    I think

    • It is strange indeed. I’ve been an apprentice to Truth for 40 years. And the Moody Blues certainly gives it the right mood. Thanks for reading it, David. I appreciate your willingness to test the water.

  2. Hi Christina, I have a question for you. If we don’t define ourselves by identifiers such as job, religion, hobby, etc., but rather by feelings and values, e.g. belief in humans as equals, belief in interconnection, desire to love and be loved, etc., how does that factor in compared to the type of description that you discussed in this post? Thank you!

    • Great question, Laura. As long as we remain in a state of consciousness that sets the world up as subject-object, we cannot come to know our true nature. It is still play acting regardless whether we chose to play the saint or the sinner. It is the point of view, not the elements within that point of view that define us. It doesn’t matter whether we see ourselves as abased or enlightened, what matters is whether we see ourselves as interconnected to all or see ourselves as an individual entity. In truth, we are not even a part of a grander whole. We are that whole in a unique form of expression. As we become increasingly aware of that reality, we can feel ourselves losing our sense of self-absorption; we can notice that we are experiencing the world without running it through our belief systems or our values or assumptions. We begin to know a sense of freedom we can hardly imagine when living from our conditioned sense of ourselves. We aren’t here to fix ourselves, for within our state of limitation, what we have is as good as it gets. When we operate from our true nature, beliefs are non-existent for they are a product of the intellect, which we no longer reference when making choices. From our natural state, we don’t need to believe in goodness and equality, we are that. It is our very nature, one that we cannot express while living as separate from all else. Our true nature accords with the nature of reality as it is exposing itself in quantum science – spontaneous, fluid, directed by inner knowing, rather than how we normally live controlled, driven by motives, independent from all else, and hemmed in by beliefs.
      I’ll be talking about this more in future topics, but if this raises more questions, please feel free to ask away.

      • Thank you for the detailed answer, Christina. I’m looking forward to reading more about this.

  3. Unfortunately, the “me” I think I am is not the “me” I am to everyone else. And I have no idea if that is good or bad.

    • One of the beauties of aligning more and more with our true nature is that duality, as in good versus bad, no longer has any significance. That entire way of thinking is part of our conditioning, and the reason it is so frustrating is that in a relative universe, there is no answer to the good/bad question except – it depends. In a universe of wholeness/interconnectedness, one determines what is right in any given moment, and that determination is made from a vast reservoir within you of wisdom. There is no judgement existent or required in a universe where all is One.

  4. Well, that’s peeling it away, isn’t it? Absolutely fascinating! This is going to be a very rewarding journey, my fine friend!!

    • One you are more than ready for, Jo. So glad you’re on this trip.

  5. I’m in on your trip too! Great post Christina! Indeed, my book Fear of the Past (soon to be re-released with a new title and as a trilogy The Phoenix Heritage) is centered on just this very question.

    But could I add a small point?

    Much of our existential problem could be summarized in a simple phrase: nurture vs. nature. And it would seem according to the latest research in epigenetics, that our DNA does govern who we are, regardless of the education, social upbringing,cultural environment etc that we may find ourselves in…

    Check out epigenetics (in addition to quantum theory of course) and I bet you’ll be amazed! I know I was (had to do the research for my book – that’s how I came across the whole epigenetic thing, a BIG thing really that deserves to be better known. I’ve made a novel of it, but alas, I’m afraid it’s the reality we live in.

  6. Good to have you visiting, Valeri. There is more to come. Thanks for your comment.

  7. Yes – to know our true nature is to know our way out… oh yes! Thank you Christina!!

    • Christina Carson

      It’s funny, in an ironic way, for no matter how many times we talk about how to know the truth of our being, we immediately go to how do we change – in a thousand different ways we ask that question until finally, we stop and focus merely on being present and let the feedback from each tiny success clue us in to what our nature feels like, acts like, what choice is naturally makes. It’s a lot like raising a child as you watch them to learn about who they actually are. Only this time it’s us watching ourselves.

      • Funny, ironic for sure! Watching ourselves constantly forget the true premise, and then reminding ourselves to step back to One, and then drifting off again. It’s what the practice is all about isn’t it! What gives me happiness is knowing that no matter how much I may drift, it hasn’t changed a thing about what is really True, only my perception of it!

        • Christina Carson

          Yes indeed, but what a trickster that ole perception. Love having you here to chat with.

          • Isn’t it awesome we have many rooms in which to meet?


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