So there you are, pondering in your sober stupor, what is the purpose and existence of my life, or any life for that matter. Is there really a Higher Power, such as a God, and if so, why are there so many.
What on Earth are we doing here at this exact period of time on this planet, at this location we live in, during this era in history. Among all these life questions that you wonder, the most poignant always seems to be,”Who Am I?”
Eventually at some point in one’s life, most would ask themselves who they are, what their purpose is. We also demand an answer that’s meaningful and fulfilling. We humans are a hyper-social and sensitive bunch.
We care about ourselves as well as each other, strangers or not, and usually care a little too much of what others think or feel of us, revealing our vulnerability.
So it just seems a natural course and at times a ritual during those wee hours of the morning, or during the faint dark of the late night, who are we at this place and time, which reveals what we think of ourselves.
There are those who go to church for this, there are others who go to the far ends of the religious scale to find out, living their current lives if it meant nothing, all for the sacrifice in the hopes of a better next life, if there even is one. But then it’s not my interest or position to judge.
The Infinite Answer Of “Who Am I?”
So you decide to scour the fields of academia to find out about your true existence, not how you were born, but why. You find that the most best suitor for providing possible answers is somewhere in the medical field and psychology.
It’s been proven over time that the mind is consistently prone to pitfalls and may not be the best candidate to figure out our true self. There are even questions regarding the mind’s actually capacity for finding self-discovery.
We Make Things Up As We Go Along
Our brains has the sense to fake it till you make it, to dupe itself. Our thinking process isn’t really calibrated to be able to perceive reality as it really appears, but instead is programmed to make better sense of our true reality.
So what this means is that our minds will and has the ability to make things up, fill in the gaps, things which may not even exist. There is documented proof for example, when our minds are visibly unable to see anything at all, which is known as the “blind spot.”
These blind spots are very real and they do exist. They are the actual mechanical visual field distortions where our nerves associated with our brains are manually connected to our retina, which feeds the mind what it thinks it sees.
What the mind actually does is it fills in the best it can the missing gaps during the transmission period from the visual field to the brain for processing. On a daily basis, when this actually happens, you never know or realize it happening.
Our brains are actually programmed to see various patterns, even if in some cases they don’t actually exist. As a result, what is does is it leads us to infer meaning when it comes to seeing random events for the very first time or something totally unique.
For instance, there are many who saw images of “evil” in the clouds and the skies during the World Trade Center attacks. Similarly, a lot of us are convinced that athletes go through what’s known as “hot hands” and “cold hands,” where in reality, these athletes may just be inconsistent or not very good.
Can The Mind Be Trusted
There is documented scientific proof that the mind is capable of deception, and we just see things that we want to see or believe. So what this implies is that our minds may not be capable or qualified to perceive who we really are.
Our brain may convince us why we decided to marry that particular person, for example, or why we decide to purchase a particular brand over another. What’s revealed in our decision making process suggests that we’re constantly blind to the true determinants of what our real judgments and decisions are.
This may be the reason why our minds are not suitable for finding out who we really are. Even if we do tell ourselves stories about who we think we are, or why we do certain things, which at times may be true, we’re still unable to discern whether these self told stories even occurred, or if they’re completely fabricated.
How Do We Find Out… Who Am I
There’s increasing pessimism in some circles, that our minds are able to actually reveal who we really are. This doesn’t however mean that our minds are completely unreliable when we ponder the question.
What we can do is make some broad generalizations regarding ourselves by gaining familiarity through our habits, our likes and dislikes. We can also eventually realize to understand, through using our minds, that it has its limits and breaking points.
When we do look at the overall picture of who we are and associate it with our brains, generally, the ultimate clue may be that we’re just not that smart. Our capacities just isn’t strong enough because there’s always more questions than there are answers. Questions that we can never answer ourselves, and the idiocy of we making the same mistakes, over and over again. It’s become the biggest riddle of our existence.
So How Can We Know Oneself
So the solution, as an alternative, is to go beyond the mind if that’s even possible. All of the historic and the most traditional of spiritual beliefs all involve practicing some type of deep silence with oneself, such as meditation, which encourages and enhances exploring the silence which is a quiet mind with “no thought.”
The idea of this is to turn the minds switch completely off and then hopefully you’ll be able to get in touch with what your reality really is. You may then find out your true self, without needing to rely on the opinionated and noisy filter which is the brain.
You have to wonder if there’s any merit to this type of practice. Is it possible to go beyond your own mind and experience “nothing,” and then use the mind just as a receptacle. What would you really find out about yourself or who you are if you can actually experience this state of no mindedness, just a blank silent hum.