Daily Om ~ Who Am I

The question of who we are is a seed that can bear much fruit if given the chance to unfold.
At some point in our lives, or perhaps at many points in our lives, we ask the question, “Who am I?” At times like these, we are looking beyond the obvious, beyond our names and the names of the cities and states we came from, into the layers beneath our surface identities. We may feel the need for a deeper sense of purpose in our lives, or we may be ready to accommodate a more complex understanding of the situation in which we find ourselves. Whatever the case, the question of who we are is a seed that can bear much fruit.

It can send us on an exploration of our ancestry, or the past lives of our soul. It can call us to take up journaling in order to discover that voice deep within us that seems to know the answers to a multitude of questions. It can draw our attention so deeply inward that we find the spark of spirit that connects us to every living thing in the universe. One Hindu tradition counsels its practitioners to ask the question over and over, using it as a mantra to lead them inevitably into the heart of the divine.

While there are people who seem to come into the world knowing who they are and why they are here, for the most part the human journey appears to be very much about asking this question and allowing its answers to guide us on our paths. So when we find ourselves in the heart of unknowing, we can have faith that we are in a very human place, as well as a very divine one. “Who am I?” is a timeless mantra, a Zen koan ultimately designed to lead us home, into the part of our minds that finally lets go of questions and answers and finds instead the ability to simply be.


One thought on “Daily Om ~ Who Am I

  1. I think it has to do with “a state of being,” as opposed to merely “existing.” A living spirit that defines that “state” for us. However, this journey needs to unfold into its initial logical conclusion; as it never stops unfolding. Just last night I was listening to an interview with a man who was regressing about an experience in his life in which he had spiritually arrived, and he said “it feels like you died and went to heaven. I mean, you’re somebody now.” In his particular case, that attainment was a mixture of the spiritual and the earthly. Being a person much less interested in titles and wealth, than to the journey towards this “state,” I was taken aback when he said it… as far as it related to myself. Once that is attained, then I believe that our earthly needs will tend to take care of themselves through our future actions. In other words, we will make the right decisions with this inner guidance; as opposed to a person who makes a lot of pragmatic decisions early in life, ends up with their desired wealth, but later falls apart without any spiritual backbone and genuine knowledge of their inner self.

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