“Whom Do You Say that I Am?”
I am not who you say I am.
I am who I truly am.
April 1, 2012 — It is difficult to be authentic in today’s complicated world. Most of us are busy creating a work image, parenting image, friend image, and significant other image. We may model ourselves after successful role models. Corporate leadership structures demand a demeanor and image different from an hourly employee in a fast-food chain. Each has a style that is considered appropriate in that environment, but inappropriate in the other. We probably learned that to be successful in our desired field, we would need to adopt an image.
Some of us may have also have been told that if we want to climb a career ladder, we should dress not for the job we currently have, but for the next job that we want. We need others to see that we can “look and act the part.” It gives employers a reason to believe that we would fit in if we demonstrate that we understand the model for success.
Many of us have an image of how we want to be viewed as a parent or a significant person in the life of a child. Are we too lenient? too eager to please? dictatorial? unforgiving? loving? measured and fair? Do we want to be viewed as bringing our children up properly by participating in enrichment activities to broaden his or her education? Do we want our children to appear to have at least the same standard of living as their friends? Do we create our image by being active in the school and community? For some, our parental image may seem as important as our actual relationship with our children.
We have images as single people open to finding a mate, or committed people within a relationship. Are we viewed as caring? understanding? ambitious? honest or dishonest? trustworthy? kind? as an opportunist, taking what we need selfishly without a thought for the other?
It would be difficult to be a truly authentic person in our complicated world. We tend to wear many hats and assume many roles. Have you ever wondered who you truly are when all of the roles, and corresponding masks we wear, are removed? Who am I when I am not trying to be anyone? when I’m not concerned with how others view me? when my emotions and beliefs lay bare before me to look at objectively? Who am I when I’m out from under the many images society requires me to wear?
Being authentic means being who we truly are right now. It may mean looking at ourselves as spiritual beings embodied in a physical world. Who am I without my handicapping condition? my appearance? my scars and wrinkles? my body size and shape?
Who am I when I’m not concerned with how others see me? When I am totally alone, who am I?
Our action-oriented society requires images of ourselves a “human doings” rather than “human beings.” Who am I when I am not taking care of others? cooking? cleaning? organizing? shopping? leading? performing? or practicing? Who am I when everything is still? Can I find out?”
As the Institute develops a New World Empowerment Center, we will be creating opportunities for experiencing stillness. Many of us are so busy that we fear stopping. We may fear the stillness, but we needn’t.
Stillness if full. It allows creativity. It brings us answers. It connects us with the Infinite. It helps us to eliminate fear because in its sense of fullness we can begin to know who we truly are. Who we truly are does not pass away, but continues. Stillness helps eliminate fear of death when we realize we are so much more than multiple ego images negotiating the world. And when we learn more about who we are, we may also learn about what we came to do.
The answers to the great mysteries of life–Why am I here? What did I come to do? are not found in the outside world. They may be found when, in the stillness, we allow these answers to emerge.
Join us soon in our New World Empowerment Center (TM). The power we find will come from finding our strength within. When we know who we truly are, we will embrace, and better understand and nurture, the person behind the masks we each wear.
Our workshops, retreats, and seminars will soon be available to assist us in learning “A New Way for a New Day” (TM) Then, our activities will flow from our authentic selves.
This Meditation is dedicated to finding our true and authentic self so that we each may more fully do what we came to do, and thereby experience fulfillment.
Sue Kidd Shipe, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Author, and Spiritual Empowerment Teacher
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