Monday, January 25, 2010

Who Are You?

Who are you? – Really.

Often, when I am at a cocktail party or other social gathering and things seem to be slowing down a little, I’ll walk up to a stranger and say, “Hi, my name is Samantha. And you are...?”

A loaded question, if there is one, because the answer is always something like, “Hi, I’m Jane.”

I am often tempted to reply with “No you’re not,” but usually I just smile at my internal joke and continue with some form of polite conversation.

In actual fact, she is not “Jane.” That just happens to be her name.

Of course we all have names. You have one.

You have a great many possessions, not the least of which is your name. You have clothes, books, a postal address, probably an email address, (or two), a car, a personal computer, a telephone, a cell phone, telephone numbers, a television set, several radios, probably an iPod or mp3 player, and who knows what else. These are your possessions! They are NOT who you are, although there are those who would like you to believe that you are. (“Clothes make the man!”)

Imagine witnessing this conversation at a gathering: “Hello, I’m the three story brownstone house similar to the one at the corner of Fifth and Main. Nice to meet you.” “Nice to meet you too. I’m the black, 2009 Cadillac Sedan deVille.” Sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it?

You are NOT your possessions. But then, if you are not, who are you?

That question should definitely give you pause for thought.

The answer comes from Chapter Six in Dr. Wayne W. Dyer’s book, “The Power Of Intention” where he says,

“You are an infinite spiritual being...
having a human experience.”

You are not a human being who has spiritual experiences.

Think about it.

Perhaps it's time to reevaluate your approach to Life.