WHO AM I ?
Does anyone care, other than me? Yes, those who want to know themselves, for we come to know ourselves through knowing each other. Chronologically, my birth certificate is 84 years old. Biologically, although this age changes up or down to some degree from day to day, my age is consistently younger than the chronological age. Rationalization? Perhaps, but I know it to be so. Not a matter of “belief”. I live it, experience it.
Although faith and belief play a roll from time to time in our lives, I am not a fan of it. I much prefer the accumulation of credible facts through experience. Experience replaces belief and faith with knowing. As Dr. Carl Jung responded, when a young reporter thought he had him cornered in his scientific explorations, and asked, “Dr. Jung, do you believe in God?”, Dr. Jung promptly answered, “No. I do not believe in God. I KNOW God”. And, he did.
“Who am I” is more easily answered when asked as “What am I?” Geophysicist, lawyer, legal dispute mediator, student of Jung, phenomenology, consciousness, quantum physics, and all things “para”; an explorer of the mind and reality through science, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and spiritual adventure.
We are on this journey together, you and I, perhaps in separate ships, but headed in the same direction. We may each experience ourselves as following separate spokes in the wheel of life, but every spoke leads to the hub of the wheel. We are not “on the wheel”, or part of the wheel. We ARE the wheel.
We discover ourselves when we stop the search, be still in mind and body, and allow the answer to the Great Koan to come to us out of the mystery of the non-rational, non-logical, non-thinking subconscious mind. It is accessed largely, but not entirely, through our right brain. When the answer comes, we discover it cannot be reduced to words.
We live the experience of the “ice berg”metaphor for our minds. Our conscious mind is like the peak above the ocean surface. Our personal unconscious mind is the far larger portion beneath the surface, all floating in the Transpersonal Ocean of the One Universal mind, the water which composes the “ice” of our personal mind/berg. We drift in the currents of this infinite Ocean to wherever they will take us. Becoming aware of this infinite Ocean of Mind, we find direct access to our shared transpersonal, deep unity with all other ice berg minds of past, present and future in the eternal now.
The awareness of this Ocean Mind is, I think, what Albert Einstein thought of as his “idea of God”. He described it as “…that deeply emotional experience of the Presence of a Superior Reasoning Power”. Deeply emotional, perhaps producing a tear and tingling skin, and the pure sense of Here and Now, as known by one of the most brilliant, genius minds in history.
This experience does not require genius. Experience of the Presence requires only absolute surrender to the Source of Truth, absent all desire or hope, while maintaining objective, alert attention. I have not been there, except for an occasional glimpse, but I have read Stephen Mitchel’s translation of “The Bhagavad Gita” — several times.
What a marvelous adventure we share with one another, and with those who have gone before, and those who will come after.