The Way I Am

"I am," is a statement of power because of the truth it points to. "I am," is a statement of absolute truth for the person who utters it. It can not be denied by any one regardless of their beliefs or opinions.

If you attach anything after "I am," it will be a description of the inarguable truth. The description becomes a label or judgment of that truth because it is seen by a particular point of view. It becomes the way that "I am" as seen by the person describing it.

When a point of view is individualized, there can always be another point of view that differs because of their own individualized vantage point. For example; I can say, "I am a poor man." Another may look at me, and my life situation and see it much differently. They may say, "What are you talking about? You are a rich man." There is no difference in the fact that I am. There is only a difference perceived in the way I am.

When ever I hear people say, "That's the way I am," it is a great reminder that it is only one way to be or to look at the infinite amount of ways there are to be. It is a reminder for me that "the way" is always relative and what is absolute is "I am".

"I am" represents the objective ever present Observer. (See Who Are You and 'I' of the Beholder) The way I am represents the individualized perspective colored by the ego. Peace of mind is achieved by shifting perspective from ego identified views of the world to the vantage point of the Observer.


bometernally said...

This reminds me of the statement 'Tat Twam Asi' which is translated as 'Thou art That Thou art'. The Wikipedia has "Tat Tvam Asi (Sanskrit: तत् त्वम् असि or तत्त्वमसि), a Sanskrit sentence, translating variously to "Thou art that," "That thou art," or "You are that," is one of the Mahāvākyas (Grand Pronouncements) in Vedantic Hinduism."....

Great post. I totally agree that "I am" is pure consciousness itself with out all the egoic labels put on it. It just "is". I would use the example of the metaphor of the ovum and the sperm merged before the spilt.

C. Om said...

Absolutely. I can see the use of your metaphor. Before the split, there is no duality. It just is.

Thank you for your insight bometernally.