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I Am vs. I Have

The essence of our being vs. all the things and people we attach our identity to. I'm sure, at some point in our lives, we have all asked ourselves, who am I? Often when we meet someone new, and they say, "tell me about yourself", we start with our name and then begin to list the belongings we have in our lives, where we live, the accomplishments we made, the places we've been, our jobs, maybe the people we surround ourselves with. These are the pieces and actually merely the side effect of the choices we have made and the path we took, the life we are living, not WHO we are. When was the last time you sat in silence and asked yourself, if all of my lifestyle, as I know it, was stripped away and I stood here as I am, "who am I"? Dada Bhagwan said, "The essence of human life is to come into one’s nature of the Self (Soul), get awakened and remain only in ‘Self’".

When we release attachment to the things that come and go within our lives, we reduce the opportunity for suffering. Nothing in this world is ours to keep or possess. So, the question then becomes, if I am not all of the things I have surrounded myself with, who am I? What is that piece within all of us that makes us our unique being?

"If One comes into the authority of the Self (Swa-satta) for even a moment, the essence of time (samaysaar) is realized!"

~ Param Pujya Dada Bhagwan

Connecting to our innate being, our values and the essence of how we show up in life is a more accurate description of who we are. Often, tuning into who we were as a child, can show us a glimpse of how we came into this world before experiences shaped our perspectives, and what in life, feels authentic to us.

If we aren't in tune with who we are, how can we decide where we want to go and what we want to experience along the way.

I invite you to sit, connect with and get to know your essence. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What feelings do I want to feel over the course of a week? Is it love, adventure, freedom, peace, excitement?

  • What do I value most in life? Is it family, connections, expansion?

  • If I had any and all resources at my fingertips and could go anywhere and do anything with my time for 3 whole months, what would I do and how would I spend your time?

If we don't know how we want to feel in our day to day lives, how do we know what choices or decisions are best for us? How can we introduce ourselves to someone and know if these are relationships we want to tend to, and share our valuable time, space and energy with?

What if the next time we introduced ourselves, instead of talking about all the external things and events that make up our environment, we spoke of our passions, dreams, values and love languages? What if we allowed vulnerability and viewed it as a superpower to unfold the life of our dreams? I wonder how that would feel and what opportunities and experiences would show themselves to us.

May you see, and may everyone who sees you, recognize the beauty and light that shines from within and know that it is love.

All the love,


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