The principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical. — Dictionary by Farlex
What you identify with consciously and unconsciously determines how you perceive your life experiences. If you recognize yourself as someone who is often irritated, by consciously or unconsciously saying and therefore being, “I AM irritated,” than irritation is what you will perceive to experience regardless of the situation. On the contrary, if you are someone that believes you are at peace, by consciously or unconsciously saying and therefore being, “I AM peace,” then you will be in a constant state of peace regardless of the situation. Therefore, if we THINK we are peace, then we will BE peace. Or will we? You very well may be at peace for that moment, but what happens when someone cuts you off in traffic? Does your peace go flying out the window? Do you go along with it?
Knowing who you are is essential to your spiritual well being. What you identify with is who are. So often we falsely identity with emotions, titles, and thoughts. We believe that we are what we feel, such as “I AM peace.” We believe we are what we call ourselves, such as daughter, engineer, model, teacher, mother, or black. We believe we are what we think, such as “I AM my ideas, my work.” What happens is you redirect your attention away from what you feel, think and call yourself? What happens when you go within yourself? What will you find?
I believe you will find that you are no emotion, no title, no thought, no•thing. Not to say that you are nothing, but quite the opposite. You are infinite, spacious and connected to everyone and everything that breaths. You are a living soul. You are “I AM.” No need to add anything after the I AM statement, because that is enough.
So why is it that we connect ourselves with things, titles, emotions, and thoughts? The egoism of the mind survives by you identifying yourself with it and everything that it lives off of, which are forms. It tells you, that you are upset, happy, lonely, and not enough. You then feel that way, and identify those thoughts and feelings with yourself.
The egoism of the mind is associated with the flesh, therefore it is weak and not permanent. Without your attention to it, it dies. Don’t believe me? Take a moment to close your eyes and take five conscious breathes…do you hear anything? Feel anything? If you hear nothing than you have detached yourself from the ego. Some people feel space, light, euphoria, or nothing at all. Others feel energy. Some still feel their emotions and have not stayed still or conscious long enough to detach.
This is not to say that you will not experience thoughts or feelings from within the deeper sense of self. Instead you will feel love, peace, and joy. Moreover, your thoughts will no longer be attached to form, instead, your thought will be attached to your true self. You will live the life you truly want, making decisions within your soul instead of the ego.
I now feel satisfied when I practice conscious breathing or meditation. Originally I felt anxious and heard every possible thought, then one day I just heard “relax” and I focused on that, and it all stopped. For five seconds I felt nothing but the vibration of me. The never ending chatterbox in my mind, stopped. I found myself within. The purpose is to live within your soul at all times, in order to release and share the gifts of God with the world.
If it didn’t work for you, no worries, try breathing five conscious breaths again, only this time listen to the silent pause between each breath. By doing so, you are creating space between you and the ego. Yoga also creates space using the breath as a vehicle to deepen yourself into the pose, creating more space and stretching deeper. I have to admit, I am still practicing living within my soul and not the ego. There are life happenings or experiences when emotions seem to rush over me rather quickly. During those experiences I must be very conscious, or the ego will take over my mind. I am not perfect, but bit by bit I can feel the size of the ego diminishing. I do not hear it as often as I used to. I know the same is possible for you.
So what does all of this have to do with God? God says in Genesis 1:26-27 that we are made in His image. In fact, He says He wanted to make us in their image, which I believe also refers to His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are descendants of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, which live inside of us. We can experience our true selves within. We can experience the presence of God within ourselves. Genesis 2:7 says,
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. — Genesis 2:7 KJV
Therefore, we are living souls connected to the Earth. Additionally, in 2 Timothy 1:6-7, Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ says,
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. — 2 Timothy 1:6-7 KJV
In 2 Timothy 1:6-7 it is clear that we are not our emotions. Moreover, we are spirits of power and love and experience this power and love within a sound mind. Therefore, we must shift our focus away from the egoism of the mind, to experience all that is already in us from God when he created us.
Never forget who you are. Detach from the false self associated with the ego and experience your true self. Please do not get caught in emotions and the egoism of the mind that is associated with thoughts. Take a moment to redirect your focus, your consciousness, to the present moment or the breath. This practice will help remind you who you truly are, a living soul.
Peace, love, and light.
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