While this is the title of a book by Albert Clayton Gaulden and a good read, this post is not about the book; rather it is an exploration of this bold statement.
If we are not who we think we are, and indeed we are not who others think we are, then who are we?
Psychologists have answered this in various ways. One view is that we are somewhere between how we see ourselves and how others see us; in other words, the truth lies somewhere between. From a behavioral perspective, this has the potential to be relatively accurate. However, analyzing behavior cannot answer the question, ‘Who am I?” Behavior is manifested by our choices; it is what we ‘do’. Making a poor choice, or a positive choice, cannot answer the question. So, then what?
Some look to religion to answer the question. And while there are similarities in how this question is answered, there are also many variations with a wide range of nuances based on the dogma of a particular sect. Many find a suitable answer to this question through religion, however, many do not and seek elsewhere.
These seekers spurred the use of the term Spirituality. They believed there was a Universal Source of Consciousness, however, they could not find an answer in mainstream religions; East, West, or anything else. They were very clear in their statement, “I am Spiritual but not Religious”. Some delved deeper into the metaphysical realm in search of life’s meaning and an answer to the question, ‘Who am I’. Through these paths, many found what they were seeking.
I have explored all of these paths and believe there is no ‘one path’. There is One Source, however, there are countless paths. I believe it would be absurd for any human to say their path is the only ‘real’ path. I was introduced to A Course in Miracles back in the 80s and was fascinated by the concepts; I was also a bit unnerved. Eventually, I selectively chose concepts that I used as foundational principles in my journey and stepped away from a full embracement. Around the middle of 2017, I was re-introduced to the Course by my Chiropractor, Dr. Jason Dixon.
I have fully immersed myself in the Course and have finally answered the question, ‘Who am I?’ The more I study, the more I wonder how different my life would have been had I maintained my study over the past three decades; how much suffering I would have forgone; how much joy I would have experienced. These are simply brief ruminations that are as pointless as they are meaningless.
What matters is NOW. What matters is this moment.
Am I at peace? Am I happy? If yes, beautiful. If not, then I know what I need to do to achieve peace and happiness; regardless of what is going on in my outer world.
And the answer to the question? I believe I am...you are...we are...limitless Love.
Blessings for a beautiful NOW…
from my heart to yours,
Dayton ~ the holistic wellness coach