Who am I?
Who can escape this question unscathed?
Oftentimes, we limit who we are out of fear—out of fear of what others will think, or feel, or how they’ll react—out of fear of what it would be like to be free.
We place the lid on our dreams because maybe they’re “too difficult” or they overwhelm us. Our dreams make us feel small and impotent, so we shut them down.
When we face ourselves in the mirror, we end up asking: Is it really other people I fear—or is it myself? All the demons and witches and ghosts I see—are they merely figments of my imagination? Are any of them real on any level?
Surely we can see that we live in an illusion, in a conceptual dream that has no beginning and no end, and we will keep meeting ourselves again, and again, and again.
Surely, we can see the intelligence within every particle is not cruel, it merely asks us to look, to observe without judgment, to experience life to the fullest without limitation.
To be extraordinary is to see the world as it is: limitless.
This is not “positive thinking,” this is realism.
You merely have to look at a cell or a molecule under a microscope to see the vast wonder of it all, the magic within each part.
The holographic self realizes it projects its reality outward onto the world and then hopes to receive something back it did not expect. It will receive everything back it expected, as that is what it created. The power of consciousness is that it’s telepathic, instantaneous, and travels at the speed of thought.
The quantum perspective of being in a pond is that we can gain the awareness that there is a whole world, a whole reality outside the pond, and with courage, we can break free of the self-limiting ecosystem of the pond and adventure forth into the world.
We begin as humble tadpoles and will emerge as frogs when we free our minds to believe we can jump. This is our opportunity to liberate our fears and achieve empowerment—this empowerment is self-awareness, it is an end to escaping from having to face this question, “Who am I.”
Our greatest power is to know ourselves.
Not every day is the same, not every pitfall the same. So many levels, so many factors, and dimensions, ways we can look at something. A great starting point is simply to be aware that we have a perception. We have a choice in how we perceive things, and we are able to change that perception. We can decide to see something differently.
Rumi teaches us that we don’t need to look on the outside, we can take ownership of our world. We can decide to create fertile soil and to plant beautiful seeds so they may grow: “The universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you already are.”
This vision of seeing the world within is important. We can shape our reality with this. It is not that the sky will become green to another person, it is simply that our sky will be blue. And that’s all that’s important within our world. We can see and accept the passing birds in the sky, or simply choose that they disappear.
How we envision this blank canvas is up to us—it is merely a game of consciousness, and there are multiple games, not only one (and all are occurring instantaneously).
If we won’t accept negativity in our sky, then no negativity will exist in that reality. It is ours to choose. Essentially, we are able to imprint our intent onto the universe.
We are also able to live as Rumi wrote, “as though everything is rigged in your favor.” What a liberated perspective.
It really is a task of making love with our perspective, a statement of intent that instead of seeking the answers, creates them.
Life contains inevitable challenges and difficulties along the path, sometimes dotted with signposts, gateways, portals, awakenings, and stepping stones.
It is true to say that every fork in the road contains new opportunities for learning and growth. So, the more forks you hit, the more you are being gifted opportunities for learning. Yet, each fork in the road may seem challenging—it may feel painful, daunting, stressful, draining, and more. Or, it may seem a wonderful moment of ignition; a test of magical proportions, a spontaneous dance of love spreading across your consciousness.
It is not easy to hit tension, to hit up against a wall. How do we navigate through the points of tension, how do we learn as spiritual beings, how do we awaken?
These are some of the questions one has. But, essentially it always starts with: Who am I?
We no longer need to answer this question so much as create it.