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Who Am I? #iamsecond

I woke up this morning after a terrifying dream. In my daze I imaged clearly that I was in West Nashville. I had lost my money, my home, my friends, and car. The only thing I had was a bicycle. On the bike I was trying to get from Nashville to a place where someone would remember me, my hometown in Pennsylvania. In the passage toward my home, I saw my mother who didn’t know me either. I saw friends who didn’t recognize me. The only person who knew me was an ex-partner from 14 years ago. He carried a small puppy. We decided together to go across a river on a bicycle. When I awoke, I had absolutely no idea who I was, where I was, or who was sleeping in the bed next to me. Honestly, I was the most confused I had ever been. It was if, in the dream, I had lost my complete identity.

So, this dream got me thinking. If we are spirits living in human bodies, what happens when we depart from our bodies? I have a dear friend who recently died—and this has also happened with a few others who departed from this earth—who came back to me in a dream and was disoriented. She expected everyone who knew her on earth to be able to hear her, see her, and respond to her. Though, from where she was, out of body, no one was able to hear her but other people who had departed from their bodies. All of these friends who departed seemed to find me in my dreams and speak to me with confusion and frustration.

This was the exact feeling I had in my dream. I wondered why the only person who knew me was my ex-partner, with whom I shared eight years of my life. Perhaps, in some strange way, I felt that after all those years, even though we don’t talk now, he is the only person who ever really knew me. I’m not quite sure. What I know for certain is that all we dream is in metaphor, so this relationship to my exe in the dream must signify something in my own subconscious. Dreams are a peculiar mechanism of communication from your own heart and from God. To understand completely what dreams mean, you have to have someone who is very adept in interpreting them. Typically, I’m very good at helping others to decipher dreams. But just as in anything in life, helping yourself is always much more difficult than helping others.

This is why most people who are overweight are caregivers. They take care of everyone else in their lives except themselves. Self is an elusive entity. We don’t know who we are unless we begin the practice of prayer or meditation where we can learn to be the conscious observer of our own humanness. This kind of practice became the first conscious evidence of who I actually am as a human and conversely as a spirit.

The human existence is an amalgam of two aspects: spirit and your reptilian brain—or humanness, plus we have the help of the mind, which is like our own personal, programmable computer. The problem with the brain is that, instead of being the go-between for the body and spirit, sometimes it acts on its own volition and coerces us to do things we may feel “programmed” to do. For instance, if your mother gave you cookies every time you succeeded in life as a child, you may be apt to reward yourself with food now. Also, any kind of loving gestures or non-loving gestures you may have had as a child will appear in your expressions of love as an adult. These are called attachment theory. This is the programmable part of the brain, so we have to get in there and un-program before it destroys our future.

So, the question of Who Am I? becomes an answer that sounds like this: you are a unique combination of spirit and humanness that can be led by God or by your human nature. You always have a choice. The help is in the way you program your soul or mind to urge you to move toward the spiritual.
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The Human Pie Chart

If you had a pie chart reflecting how much time you spent on the three human aspects of life—spirit, mind, and body—what would the percentages look like?

Most people spend about 20% of their time on the body, 60-75% in the mind, and 5-20% on the spirit. A great deal of wavering percentages happens between the mind and spirit.

Most people stay in the 20% range for the body. The needs of the body are paramount. You have to eat, sleep, and get some sort of exercise to survive. So, the amount of time we spend catering to the physical needs doesn’t vary much. However, people do get spurts of energy and toss themselves into the 30-40% range for the body to look and feel better, but usually this doesn’t last too long.

Most humans are mostly in their deductive minds—figuring, assuming, adding, subtracting, arranging schedules, and planning for the next day, month and year. Far too much time is spent in the deductive mind and not enough on the inductive or spiritual mind. Remember we are created in the image of God. God is a creator, continuing to bring into existence something from nothing, moment by moment. The very atoms of our being are in Its likeness. So, why do we spend so much time in the deductive part of the brain? It’s as if humans are trapped, until they get some sort of wake call—be it illness, death or some sort of catastrophic event.

I get it that most people have to make money to have enough to pay their house note and buy food and clothing. But when you spend so much time on the physical and mental and no time on the spiritual, you’d be surprised how the human paradigm becomes more burdensome and monumental. What we think in mind, expressed in the physical.

The spiritual practices of meditation, prayer, or yoga are all ways of balancing your three aspects of existence.

In the perfect balance, you will have a symbiotic relationship with the body and mind. You will innately sense its needs and listen to its call, without worshiping it or indulging on too many things to quiet it. The body, in this sense, is like a small child who wants his/her way all the time. If you don’t use the adult mind to treat the body like a toddler wanting his/her way, then all you will do is give in to his/her ranting and ravings constantly. Eventually, the child or body will become the ruler of the house. The adult will then lose self esteem and power.

The spiritual self, or inductive mind, which is initiated in the frontal cortex of the brain. Your spirit is all around you, in you, and in more than just one state of mind at all times. In quantum physics, all time is collapsed, and time is happening all at once. So, it’s as if the only way to stay in the continuum of time is to stay in the deductive mind. If this true, then we are all in for a large wake up call. We might as well just live our lives as if it was the nightly news.

To avoid this human glitch, we learn spiritual practices that teach us to live in the objective, observer side of the mind. We spend time looking at our world and life from an omniscient perspective, the one which we imagine God has. This is why sometimes it is called the “God Mind.”

When you practice staying in this part of your life for extended periods of time, you find that you spend less time blaming people for your life and your past, because all things have worked together to make you the individual you are now. Your spirit is only housed in this human body. You had no choice in what color you are, what country you were brought up in, how loving your parents were, or how poor you had been throughout your childhood.

All of those things were imposed upon your human existence. So, if you spend time deliberating your human condition and asking the important question, what am I here to do? Then you find that it is much easier to live 30-40% in your spiritual mind.

Give it a try. You will be happier, freer, and less likely to live in anxiety and stress. I guarantee it!

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