Who Are You?
By Art Ramsay, Ph.D.

Who are you? How many times have you been asked that question or a similar one? What was your answer? Did you tell the person your name or what you do for a living? Or did you stop and think about who you really are? Most people would respond with their name and maybe why they were there, in front of you, if they are complete strangers.

 If you want to meet a person, you might introduce yourself by saying, “Hi, I’m so and so, who are you?” Or hundreds of variations on that theme. What we are doing when we introduce ourselves in that way, or ask another person who they are or what they do, is gathering information.  Once we have some data about the person in front of us, we start a conversation.

 And how might that conversation proceed? Maybe you exchange phone numbers, what you do for a living, where you work, where you live, how many children you have, and so on. While this is valuable data to have when casually communicating and socializing, it is not who you really are.

 So many people fall into the mode of identifying themselves with their profession. I am not an engineer. You are not a doctor, a lawyer, a nurse, a police officer. These identifications are only what you do, your occupation, not who you are. Think about it.

 Before I graduated from college, I worked as an electronic technician. If I identified myself as “I am a technician” before graduating, and then, “I am an engineer” after graduating, then suddenly I changed identities! Evidently the technician no longer exists and I am reborn as an engineer.

 Now this example may seem like I am nitpicking, but I am just making the point that who I am doesn’t change, ever. I am always the same person no matter what identity I assume through my occupation. Think about the different professions you may have had over the years. Did you suddenly morph into someone else because you changed jobs?

 Another identity we make is with our bodies. Now this one is not as simple to recognize as the previous examples, because we view the world through our bodies with five senses. Since the senses, (see, hear, smell, feel, and taste) are used via our body, then our body seems to be who we are. Our bodies are merely vehicles from which to experience the world. My body is not who I am.

 We all have another sense called the sixth sense, or our intuition. It is not associated with your body, because it has nothing to do with your body. This sixth sense is a link to who you really are. I am sure you can recall times when you were trying to make a decision about something. Maybe some choices seemed better than others, but then another “gut feeling” came into your mind and you acted on that one. Everything worked out perfectly. Looking back you wondered why you had never thought about that unexpected choice.

 Or, conversely, maybe you made a choice from the ones you had been considering and dismissed the gut feeling. Afterward you look back and see how the gut feeling choice would have served you better than the one you chose. I know that I have spent most of my life dismissing my intuitive sense of what to do in a situation, only to look back and see how it would have been the best choice in every situation.

 Unless we are fully aware of who we really are, our intuition will not serve us well. We are too dependent on our intellect, especially in the Western societies. Yes, our intellect serves us, but only in order to perform actions that are needed in a physical way. For example, driving a car, performing some sport, doing a job, all depend on our intellectual knowledge of it. These activities depend on our learned knowledge.

 We are spiritual beings here in this world to experience our wondrous selves. This activity requires no need to learn anything. What it requires is awareness. Since our intuition is already available whenever we decide to access it, there is nothing to learn. What we do need is trust. Since our intellect has served us so well in this world, we look to it for everything. But, I as I said previously, it only serves us when it is used for something we must learn in this physical world.

 When you change the way you experience the world, the world around you changes accordingly. I know that for most people the previous statement may seem absurd, but when you open your awareness to who you are, you will acknowledge this truth. As you read this, air moves into your lungs and out again, your heart pumps blood through your body, your eyes pick up the reflection from this page and the symbols on it are decoded as you read. Who is doing this?

 I know that most of you are saying, “well dah, medical science has explained how all that happens, so what is the point?” The point is while science may have explained how it happens, it doesn’t explain who is doing it. When your Lifeforce leaves your body, the body is only a lump of skin, bones, organs, and such. The mechanism for keeping all of that stuff operating is gone. YOU have left the body.

 While it can be expressed in many ways, who you are is Cosmic Energy, The Force, God, Spirit, expressing through you as Itself. That Expression lives your body as its lifeforce and guides you through this world in every moment. Every breath you take, every thought you think is that Expression living through you.

 While for most of you, the above may seem hard to believe, I suggest you just sit with it awhile. Let thoughts percolate and insights appear. You may be surprised.

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