Imagine this; a close friend approaches you and tells you that the way you treat them makes them feel insignificant and small, would you change your behaviour if their criticism was justified? If you do change your behaviour, does this mean that you are not being true to yourself? What does being true to yourself even mean?
What if through the exercising of your self-awareness you noticed that your behaviour creates negative reactions in other people in your life; would you change your behaviour? What if instead of changing your behaviour you said the words “that’s just not who I am”. What a strange concept, who you are…what does this mean? Where does this ‘who‘ live? In which region of the brain does it exist? Does it even exist anywhere?
This ‘who’ is nothing but a collection of ideas, and behaviours, that you hold and engage in. If you change the ideas that you hold and change the behaviours that you act out, does the person that you change, or are you the same person? If I am somebody who values health, and therefore I engage in activities that increase my health, and then suddenly I cease all these behaviours…am I still the same person?
What does it mean to be you? Are you your body, or are you your mind? Both? If you are your body, does this mean that once all of your cells are replaced in your body every 7-10 years, and now you have a different body, does this mean that you are a different person? Why would you not be, all of your cells are different? Maybe you are your DNA sequence, who knows? What happens if you’ve eaten processed red meat, smoked and drank heavily all of your life, and suddenly your DNA strand mutates; you’ve got cancer. Does this mean that you are anew? Does this person that you once were cease to exist? What if you change your beliefs…the ideas that you hold in your mind to be true of the world; does this mean that you are a different person?
The concept of self, who you are is nothing but a fiction. You are not the thoughts within your mind, nor are you your body or your behaviours. You are the thing that observes the body, and watches the stream of thought appearing in your mind, and you are also the thing that chooses what to believe. You are nothing but pure consciousness, a manifestation of the consciousness that inhabits all beings on this Earth.
I am consciousness, consciousness is everything, therefore I am you and you are me.
We are all one.