Possibly the most enduring human downfall of this age is our habit of seeking our validation, our identity, the resolution of our identity and character from outside of ourselves. Looking to authority figures, religion or political ideologies, the hand me down beliefs of others and accepting those as definitions of ourselves. This has made humanity easily manageable by those that would spitefully exploit us.
There is a definite reason that ancient mystics, shamans, artists, genuine free thinkers and devoted seekers of the Spirit have for the mostly existed on the outside of society. Society and the cultural operating system that regulates this rigid conformist mindset. This carrot and stick consumerist system that rewards laboring for your external needs, which are never really satisfied, because for the most part you get a bill for them every month. This creates a sense of insecurity. A religious system that further feeds the insecurity in a more personal manner with the fundamental idea that you are guilty for being born, and you need salvation or a savior. That salvation entails dutifully working for your living and obeying restrictive religious doctrine that over time pilfers your creative soul, robs you of imagination and sense of wonder. You lose your Presence, you forget who you are. Your core identity becomes as a consumer, you are what you own, a citizen...a job title, a political, racial, or religious label and you relate to others in the same manner. They aren't seen as human reflections of yourself. Your ego labels them either friend of foe according to their stated beliefs and adopted labels.
This realization is more a remembrance, although it can feel like an epiphany. When one realizes that their occupation or religious/political affiliation, their family status or any other culturally imposed label is not the whole of their self-hood. Yes, many people live their lives and die without realizing the true depth of their being. But, we're starting to get reflections from others, mystics ancient and mystics present now, of the deeper reality of human being-ness. Some call it 'Universal Consciousness', some call it 'God within', some call it 'enlightenment' or 'Spiritual awakening'. No matter what it's called, the experience of that remembrance is tangible and profound.
The remembrance that we are the conscious presence of the whole universe experiencing itself as us, we as individuated conscious beings are focal points of universal experience. The surface level of this experience are the five physical senses. There are deeper sensual perceptions commonly known as our intuitive' senses, the gut feeling, the knowing without knowing how you know. This is called by the mystics -The Presence.
Ancient mystic traditions term this Samādhi, the unification of the knower and the known, the deep merging of the experience and the One that experiences. This is what spiritual seekers call - Oneness. You are everything and no-thing. You are everywhere and no-where. One with the conscious Presence of creation, the conscious presence of creation that always existed, has no beginning or end, it is always I AM, there was never 'a time' that this Presence was not; I AM. This is the eternal, this Presence exists in this time and outside of time, and it exists in YOU, as you.
Your name is simply something you answer to. Your job or profession is simply something you do for a living. Your religion is simply a story you believe. Your politics are simply imposed values that you adopted. None of the above are your identity. Those and other labels are adopted masks we use the play the game of life here in three (four, counting time) dimensions on earth.
Take some time out, drop your adopted identities for a while...get silent...close your eyes and feel your breathing process. You may even get still enough to feel your heart beat, the rhythm of the heartbeat...observe it with a sense of wonder. Let the eternal I AM Presence be known in you. It's okay to drop all your masks for a while and simply be. You won't think yourself into Presence, you feel your way there. It is not an emotion...it is a subtle sublimity that is unmistakable and unforgettable.
This link is a guide to meditative practice and silent stillness.
Be the Love,