The True Self
The true Self does not need to identify with itself in order to be itself.
Identification is always the identification of
the true Self (Knowing Presence or Consciousness) with an object, that is, with
Identification means ‘to be one with’ or ‘the
same as.’ Self-identification means ‘that with which the Self (Presence or
Consciousness) is identical.’
In reality the Self is only identical with
itself, only one with itself. There is nothing else present with which it could
be identical. There are not ‘two things.’
It is only a thought that seems to identify the
true Self, Knowing Presence or Consciousness, with a fragment, a body, thereby
seeming to become a separate entity.
Knowing Presence or Consciousness is the primary
fact of our experience. It is that in which all experience takes place and,
ultimately, that out of which all experience is made.
Within this Knowing Presence or Consciousness
(and made out of nothing other than this Knowing Presence or Consciousness) a
bodily sensation appears. This sensation is followed by a thought (which also
appears in and is made out of nothing other than this Presence) and the thought
goes, ‘I,’ Knowing Presence, am this bodily sensation.’
With this thought Knowing Presence or
Consciousness becomes identified with a bodily sensation and, as a result, the
‘I am’ that is inherent in it becomes ‘I am the body.’
However, this identification with a body only
seems to take place. Knowing Presence or Consciousness only seems to become
identified with the body.
After all, this ‘body’ with which Knowing
Presence seems to have become exclusively identified, is nothing other than a
thought, an image and a sensation, appearing within Knowing Presence and made
out of nothing other than Knowing Presence.
Therefore there is nothing else present in the
apparent experience of the body, other than Knowing Presence, with which
Knowing Presence could identify itself
With this apparent identification of Presence or
Consciousness with the body, a new entity is created. This new entity seems to
be both conscious (because Consciousness is part of the ‘Consciousness/body’
compound) and limited (because the body, also part of this new compound entity,
As a result of this exclusive association of
Consciousness with a limited sensation, Consciousness seems to become limited.
In other words Consciousness seems to take on
the properties of the bodily sensation (limited) and the body seems to take on
the properties of Consciousness (knowing, experiencing, presence, ‘I-ness,’
In this way Consciousness, the true ‘I,’ gets
exclusively mixed up with a body and seems, as a result, to become a personal
entity that is endowed with Consciousness and Being. It becomes the personal
knower, feeler, thinker, doer etc., the ‘me.’
In short the unlimited, impersonal qualities of Knowing Presence or Consciousness are appropriated by the imaginary separate entity and become what we conventionally call ‘myself,’ that is, the personal ‘I.’