Who am I?

This question is as old as Humanity. The best answers about understanding the inner meaning of this so often used little word, I found in the Fourth Way system.

That what a human being usually means when he or she uses this word "I", does not have a permanent value but is a changing thing. Another way of saying this, is that there is no permanent “I”, the “psycho/emotional content” behind this word is always changing, and it never represents the whole of us. In other words, we are many I’s, we are not "unified" beings. But we are not aware of this in our usual state of consciousness, because we are attached to our I’s. This immediately evokes the following question: If I say “we are attached to our I’s”, it implies that there are two things, an “I” and “something else”.

This is a very important discovery. At the moment you make an internal separation, when you ask yourself "who am I now?" and break through an attachment or identification, there are suddenly two things, something that is observed, the “I” of the moment, and an observer. The “I” of the moment can be a thought, an emotion, a sensation, a physical movement in space or sexual . This internal effort of separation is called Self-remembering in the Fourth way system. It is the basis for Spiritual growth, because this “Observing I” is the beginning of all Higher Possibilities that Human Beings have come into existence for , it’s the “Secret” that was known by all Genuine Esoteric Sources throughout the History of Humanity. P.D. Ouspensky, an important Fourth way author, called it “the Psychology of Man’s Possible Evolution”, which is the title of one of his books.

In order to be successful with the Law of Allowing, it is necessary to train this psychological muscle of separating and observing. In order to work with your negative emotions, you first need to be able to see them, at the moment they occur. If you are identified, if you justify a negative emotion, it’s very difficult to see it for what it is. So, observe what’s going on and observe yourself as an interesting stranger. In this way you become more objective towards yourself, and your negative emotions will lose their power to attract what YOU don’t want to attract.

The American poet Walt Whitman wrote: “Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am, stands amused, complacent, compassionate, idle, unitary… both in and out of the game, watching and wondering at it.”

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