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What I am (as opposed to “Who”)

Eckhart Tolle and so many others in the New Thought movement speak of knowing our personal identity as what we are rather than who we are, and in so doing stepping away from and above our egos. In my meditation today I came to realize that I am beginning to identify spiritual role models for what I am in this world. No doubt these will evolve, but at the moment, they seem to be Jesus of Nazareth (40%), Mahatma Ghandi (40%), and Buckminster Fuller (20%) for these reasons:

Jesus For the total incorporation of the power and presence of Spirit in the sensory world.

Ghandi For the commitment to demonstrating the ability of one to change the world.

Bucky For the amazing willingness to be open to any and all ideas, and then to act on many of those ideas.

What about you? Do you see yourself as who you are, or what you are? Either way, who are you using as role models?

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1. DQ - January 2, 2010

Using Dr. Wayne Dyer as a role model for sure. I feel very in alignment with what and who he is, especially with his recent book Excuses Begone. I see myself as who I am vs what I am. Great post SRD

Stephen Dill - January 2, 2010

Dawn, good call! I really gained a lot from Wayne’s “Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life” which opened up the Tao Te Ching for me. The distinction he and others makes between “who” and “what” is that what we are is driven by our thoughts, as opposed to who we are that is driven by our egos. When our thoughts are focused on what others think, we are concerned with who we are compared to others. Losing the dependence on form, material things, and the values of others allows us to determine what we are.

Thanks for the comment, DQ!

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