A friend of mine asked me to write an article on this subject and I think my answer here will surprise all my readers. The reason I say this is that it all depends on the lens you are answering this question from.
For example, if you answer this question from the lens of a worldly, third dimensional person who is an atheist, they would say that they are their physical bodies. Strangely enough many fundamentalist Christians would say the same thing. They think that when a person dies, it is oblivion unless they are one of the chosen few who are resurrected by Christ. They see no distinction between the soul and the physical body.
Now if you saw life through the lens of a philosopher you might say, “I think therefore I Am.” Philosophers being more identified with the mind to the neglect of Spirit and the emotional and physical body.
Now if you were into Humanistic psychology, the answer would be “I feel therefore I Am.” All Humanistic Psychology thinks about is feelings. Feelings are GOD to them. As long as you are expressing your feelings and emotions all is well.
If you are a Freudian psychologist, the answer to this question is you are the combination of your ego, id, and superego.
If you ask a Transactional psychologist, the answer to this question is, you are the combination of your adult, parent, and child.
If you ask a Behavioristic psychologist, the answer to this question is, you are the product of all your positive and negative reinforcement of your environment.
If you ask a Cognitive psychologist this question, he would say, you are what you think because your thoughts cause your reality.
If you asked a Family Systems therapist this question, they would say you are a product of the Family System you grew up in.
Now if you look at life through the lens of Psychology or a Psychologist they would answer this question you are the consciousness or conscious mind that chooses which thoughts to think, which feelings to feel and how to deal with the physical body.
As with all these lenses, there is a sliver of truth to them all. Now if you are a first, second or third degree disciple or initiate on the Path of Initiation the answer to this question would be you are the soul or Higher Self. This could also be described as the Oversoul or Superconsicous Mind.
Now if you answer this question from the lens of a fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh degree initiate on the Path of Initiation, then the answer to this question would be, you are the Monad and/or Mighty I Am Presence.
If you answer this question from the standpoint of a completed Seventh degree initiate, the answer would be, you are an Ascended Master.
If you answer this question from the perspective of an initiate who has completed their seven levels of initiation and integrated these initiations fully into their mental, emotional and physical bodies, then the answer to this question would be, they are an “Integrated Ascended Master.”
If you ask this question of some of the well known Ascended Masters they might answer by saying they are Solar or Galactic Ascended Masters rather than Planetary Ascended Masters.
If you ask this of Sai Baba he would say, “I am a Universal Ascended Master.”
Now if you ask this question to a Buddhist, they would say, “I am the Buddha.”
If you ask this question to a Christian, they might say, “I am a Son or Daughter of GOD.”
If you asked this question of a Hindu, they would say, I am the Atma.
If you ask this question of a person in a Western Mystery School, they might say, “I am the Eternal Self.” In other Western Mystery schools, the answer might be “I am an incarnated soul.” In other Western Traditions the answer might be “I am Spirit.”
In the Islamic religion they might answer that they are embodiments of Allah.
In the Kabbalah, a Kabbalist might answer “embodiments of YHWH!”
Now if you asked this question of Melchizedek, the Universal Logos he might respond that he is a Cosmic Ascended Master rather than a Planetary Ascended Master. He also might say he is the Cosmic Monad not a Planetary Monad. He might also say he is the “Cosmic Eternal Self.”
If you ask this question of someone on the Path of Devotion they might respond by saying, “I am love!”
If you ask this question of someone of a first ray initiate they might say, “I am the Power of GOD!” If you ask this of a second ray initiate, they might say, “I am the Wisdom of GOD.”
If you ask this of an initiate on the Path of Ascension they might say, “I am the balanced integration of the Love/Wisdom and Power of GOD!”
If you ask this of an astrologer, they might say they are the embodiment of their horoscope at the time of incarnation. If you ask this of a numerologist, they might give you the numbers in their numerology configuration of their name.
If you ask this question of someone who doesn’t believe in GOD, they might say they are their personality.
If you asked a Biblical Prophet the answer might be, “I Am GOD!”
So, my beloved readers, as you can see this is not the easiest question to answer. It depends on your perspective and your lens. So I ask you what is the truth? I would say the truth depends on your level of Spiritual Development and the lens you wish to look through. Certainly we each are incarnating souls. We also each are the “I” or chooser that creates our reality by the choices we make in regard to every thought, feeling, impulse, desire and piece of energy that comes to us from within or without.
It is also true however, that we are Spirit, the Monad, the Mighty I Am Presence even if we have not realized it yet, in our path of initiation and Ascension. In the ultimate sense the answer is, we are God! The important distinction here is, are we talking about the ultimate ideal of what we are or what we have actually realized.
There are some who have realized their Higher Self and some who have not. There are some who have realized their Mighty I am Presence and some who have not. There is no one on Earth including Sai Baba who has realized the Eternal Self in the highest Cosmic sense. The most advanced realization of GOD on this Planet is Sai Baba who has done it up to the Universal level. He has not done it to the Multiuniversal level and to the Cosmic level yet. He is the closest on Earth.
However, it would not be untruthful to answer the question “Who Am I?” with the answer, “I am God or I am the Eternal Self” because in the ultimate reality this is the truth. It is also important however to not claim realization of something you have not truly achieved or realized. Many, many people on Earth claim to have realized GOD in the ultimate sense. This is complete illusion and a manifestation of the negative ego and misunderstanding. They may have realized GOD on a Planetary level however, not on a Solar, Galactic, Universal, Multiuniversal and Cosmic level.
The truth is, it is impossible to fully realize GOD on Earth. One can realize their Higher Self, Monad, Mighty I Am Presence, become a full-fledged Ascended Master and even begin realizing Solar and Galactic Ascension. No one will go beyond this level, except in the decent of an Avatar. The only true Avatar on this Planet is Sai Baba.
The meaning of an Avatar means you are God Realized at birth, and need no Spiritual training at all. There are some who claim to be Avatars, however, this is a misunderstanding of the term and in some cases a massive ego trip.
So my beloved readers, the answer to this eternal question lies in if you are looking through the lens of what you have realized or what the ultimate truth of your identity is. From another lens or perspective it would also be truthful to say that you are what you have realized and you are the Ultimate Goal you seek as well. So, in truth, all of the answers to this question are true at certain moments. Maybe the best answer is that you are a synthesis of all of these in their proper perspective, as GOD would have it be!
In final conclusion I would say the only answer that is not true is that “we are GOD,” with all capital letters. As I have already stated, “we are God” with only the “G” capitalized, but we are not GOD with all capital letters. This is because GOD with all capital letters is the androgynous Being who created us. The reason that “we are not GOD” with all capital letters is because GOD created us; we did not create GOD. So a more apt answer is, we are Sons and Daughters of GOD.
Another term I heard from the process of Realization point of view is that we are “Apprentice Gods.” Once we realize Planetary Godhood, then we can begin working on Solar Godhood. When that is complete, we can evolve to Galactic, Universal, Multiuniversal and Cosmic Godhood. Even when Cosmic Ascension is achieved at the 352nd level of Divinity, evolution still continues for there is always a greater level of GOD to realize and refine. This my beloved readers, is because of the “unfathomableness of GOD!” To claim that one has fully realized GOD as we can see is faulty thinking at best, especially given that one has not even done it once one has realized all 352 levels of initiation at the 352nd level of Divinity.
This understanding of the unfathomableness of GOD, I feel brings forth a healthy humbleness and humility my beloved readers that is good for us all. On that note, I think its time to close this chapter which I hope has enlarged your “Full Spectrum Prism Consciousness” of who you really are!
Authors Details:Dr Joshua David Stone
Dr Stone has a PhD. in transpersonal psychology and is a licensed marriage, family and child counselor in Los Angeles.
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