Who are you really? Do you know? Everyone wants to know…who are you? We make our introductions when we meet someone. Typically this begins with “Hello, my name is so and so. I have a house, a car and two cats.” Then there is the intermediate introduction that consists of broadening the initial exchange. This process of acquiring information about a person could be considered as a means by which a person assesses any new encounter, regardless if this is a person, thing or event.
The next stage of introduction often consists of confusion, disappointments and accusations that result with one person or the other saying “You are not the ‘person’ I ‘thought’ you were”. These three words (who are you?) fascinate me. The spiritual applications behind these words hold a key to conscious expansion. I propose asking this question. Do you really know what someone or something is when you ask about whom or what something is? When you ask the question (Who are you?) you are basically waiting for the other person to express everything that they were, but not necessarily who they are. You, me or any given “thing” can truly only be what we or it is now.
This suggests that when I tell you about who I am, you are not really gaining true knowledge about who I am. I understand that the sentences in this article sound as if I am going in circles. This is; however not my intention. I reflect on this topic from time to time. I usually end my consideration with the understanding that we base too much on the information that we obtain. This is a topic that necessitates a deep philosophical relationship with our sense of being and the universe around us. A term used often in the English language would be to say that we must dive deep in the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland.
Who are you…Now?
It is difficult for the mind to relate to something such as this, that is based more on conscious awareness then mind thought projection. Perhaps I can use a short example to illustrate this discussion. You have met someone new. You sense that this person is mentally, emotionally and physically compatible with you. Then the process of interpretation begins. You ask this person the obvious, who are you? An exchange unfolds whereby your wishes and expectations are confirmed or prove to be false. But let us pause for a moment. Does the information that you obtain from another person actually tell you who they are?
Relatively speaking yes, but your own mental framework will be greatly influenced by the clutter of information that you gather in an attempt to learn more about this person. Equally, the mind will also influence the information as it is gathered. This results in you “thinking” that you know who this person is, but do you really know what is necessary? What is necessary for you to know? It is beneficial to be aware of who you have standing in front of you in this moment.
I understand that you may place importance on gathering as much information about a person as possible. But why are you doing this? This is primarily done because you have a huge stockpile of experiences with other people stored in your brain. Is this not what is experienced when we encounter a situation? The mind generally convinces us that we must rely on the information that the brain has stored. However the moment (now) is secondary once the mind has manipulated our conscious awareness into believing that the information is more important than the actual moment.
You may feel uncomfortable with this discussion because it tends to throw light on our state of consciousness or “lack” of consciousness to the moment. The mind does not like this. Nothing is ever what it “seems” to be. It is only what it is. Our practice is to stay absorbed within the instance of our existence. You may be surprised how relationships with people and things will develop from within a state of conscious awareness, rather than mind thought processes. This allows you to clearly differentiate between what you “think” you know about a person or something and what you are really experiencing. The first is based on mind thoughts and emotions. The second is based on conscious awareness to whom or what you are experiencing in that moment.
We can either continue to base our momentary experience on the interpretations of the mind or we can experience the now through conscious awareness to the actuality of the moment. This allows a harmonious partnership between mind and consciousness.