PRLog - March 25, 2008 - ORLANDO, Fla. -- While dealing with the topic of ego in her online class with Eckhart Tolle, Oprah questioned the author of A New Earth about her identity. Illusions, misperceptions, & presumptions unbeknownst to us often baffle us all.
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Eckhart led into this section of the discussion on chapter 2 of his book saying, "The word 'I' embodies the greatest error and the deepest truth depending upon how it is used. I equals me and my story, the personal story reflecting yourself. Most completely identify with their story, their successes, their failures, things that happened to them, things they acquired...."
Others Tolle said see themselves as a victim. Yet he elaborated, "That's who we think we are. That ultimately is not who you are in your essence."
Oprah after hearing a bit more from Eckhart concerning mythology's tendency to embody some truth that goes beyond the personal, later inquisitively questioned him asking, "Well, if I'm not the memories, and I'm not the things that happened to me, and I'm not my story, than who am I?"
To summarize, Eckhart answered Oprah saying: "There is a sense of self that is deeper than thinking. You are that aliveness."
Articulating spiritual truths and mysteries is always difficult to do adequately with a limited vocabulary. Nevertheless I feel I can help a bit by adding another dimension missing in the conversation.
The matter of identity is of great importance, because essentially identity determines our destiny. Simultaneously our essence and unique brilliance is found in our identity. Discovering the "aliveness" as Eckhart calls it from a deep place within requires first that our spirit be awakened.
We are triune beings - spiritual, having a mind, and living in a body. Most of us however are dead to the spiritual world and realm because we have been physically enamored and seduced; mentally fixated and constrained;
Since the Creator is not flesh and blood, but a living Spirit; when we connect with the divine, the spirit within is awakened. Jesus said, "God is a Spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and truth" (John 4:24). The Spirit to spirit connection and communion between God and our spirit produces divine life within us (see Romans 8:16).
The Father of spirits touches, awakens, and energizes the human spirit within being witness that we are children of the divine. Upon being reconciled and reunited to our Creator through Christ who forgives and cleanses us of our sin that alienates us from Him; we can then awaken to our identity in God as we are made in His image.
At that moment we can be stripped of the illusory self as the light of God brightly shines and illuminates our hearts; awakens our spirit to our authentic, true to God self; and adjust us within to properly perceive who we are, freeing us from erroneous misperceptions in the light of His divine Presence.
As we live in God's divine and glorious Presence; His indescribable glory clothes; saturates; and overflows through us.
Alone, apart from God, utterly isolated, and left to oneself there can be no newness of life. Because the Creator is the Lord of life, the beginning and the end, for us to access the eternal life flow which transcends our troubles, upholds our personhood, and empowers us to live purposefully as we should; we must remember "In the beginning God."
Our new beginning, personal awakening, and transformation is found in our Creator. "In Him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:28).
Philosophers and sages throughout the ages have acknowledged that by ourselves we alone cannot fully know ourselves. Therefore the mystic and man after God's heart said, "Deep calls unto deep" (Psalm 42:7).
Though mankind's spirit within always desires to go deeper to discover and fully experience the marvelous mysteries of life, apart from God one's spirituality is comparatively shallow and limited.
Know the Creator and you shall soon know thyself.
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