Updated: Apr 22
Have you ever thought about who you are and how you became it? Your beliefs, your opinions, the roles you play, including father, brother, profession, boy girl etc. How you hold memory of pain and experiences and project it into being who you are and what you like, dislike, fear and don’t.
The truth is, we create an identity for ourselves by storing and collating events and experiences, what we’ve been told and what we learn, in a mash of thought in our minds. We use memory, which by the way is unreliable at best, and we use future goals too. Pain creates fears and avoidance of new experiences and we become this ball of thought, thinking that it’s who we are.
The truth is different. The past doesn’t actually exist but for memory and the future is a creative illusion of imagination. The present moment is all we have and there is no need of carrying the past into it. What happened last year, last month or in the last second has no bearing on this moment at all. It is a new moment and you can be and do whatever you desire in it. Why would the future or past have any impact on it.
That’s why identity is actually needless baggage. While it may be useful to recall how to do things or that the oven is hot, it is not useful to define yourself from memory or the future that you’ve creatively imagined.
Dispense with it and live each moment by doing what the moment asks of you. Remove the past from your life and remove your judgements of who you are, your likes and dislikes. You are now free to do whatever you want in this moment, free from the expectations of your past, your roles and the future you.
Goals or a vision of the future can still be set and in this moment plans can be made and you can do what you can do to progress towards it in every present moment. There is no need of fearing the imagined future and there are no constraints on you as a hangover from your past.
You are now nobody and can live each present moment totally free. You have no need of defence because there is nothing to defend. You have no embedded human ideals and you have no fixed view. You are open and you are receptive to each moment without fear or resistance.