So my initial plan was to write a post covering the first four chapters of The Untethered Soul. Well here’s the skinny – that isn’t going to happen. So my new and improved plan at this moment is to just start with this question: Who Am I?
The book opens by giving examples of how we perceive and define ourselves. Perhaps if you were asked the question, your immediate response would be that you are a parent, sibling, friend, or employee. But is that really WHO we are? No. I recognize that my role as a friend or employee does not truly define who I am. As an example, I could cease to be friends with someone but I would still be me. The same is true with employment status. It doesn’t definitively define your existence.
Ok well let’s look at this physically. I am a tall woman who has been 29 years old for quite a while. So does that define me? Once again, it really doesn’t. If I get shorter with age or ultimately decide that 29 has to go, I no longer fit those categories. So do I stop being me? Nope.
Well so then who am I if I’m not what I look like or the roles I serve? Perhaps I am my thoughts and emotions. But maybe not because those can clearly change and be changed in a split-second.
If I peel back the layers, I can see that I am the one who is having all these experiences and perceiving the occurrences happening around me. Please notice that I didn’t say “the person” or “the human” because to me, we are so much more than that.
So with all that in mind, who do you think YOU are? I would love to read your thoughts on the question. Are we more than our experiences and the roles we play each day?