Anja van Loon At first I am not Anja I am named Angela by my parents but I am "called" Anja, until i was 4 years old I was called Pucky, my body "grew" tall, my gender is woman, I have chosen to live in the Netherlands and I have an job so able to earn some money, to buy some food and shelter.
And maybe not next week and will start to beg? But what does that say about me, without judging?Maybe i want to be called by another name tomorrow, start living in another country, choose to live genderless, etc. Will I change? do I become a different entity than? I am nothing more and nothing less.
You may call me what ever you please and maybe I will listen. You may see me as a woman, but maybe I hate that. You may call the country I live in Holland, the Netherlands, the dutch I don't care, if it is called Belgium or Turkestan tomorrow. I like the weather and landscape so that is why I am here. Maybe I am too ill to work tomorrow and lose my job, so does that define me?
Maybe I already changed my way of earning money last week and I work as a bookkeeper now? Did I changed now? No still I am still the same ;) And if I have to choose a title for my state of being, than I will choose love. But still I will be the same.
Maybe I learned something today and changed my perspective, and so the way my brain make connections, and make other choice from now on. And still I will be the same. Maybe I want to wear only mens clothes tomorrow, or only green clothes.
Maybe I cut my hair tomorrow. shave my eyebrows, stick some piercings in my face, and will still be saying I just am. And refuse to be defined by how I look like, how I talk, walk or choose to live today, because tomorrow I will do the opposite and still will be me. Changing as the wind blows just because I can ;) and "I am" free.
Gary R. Smith All of what you write is right, and true. Yet while your essence is constant, much your personality may change. Your personality is a process, is it not? Mine certainly has been.
You wrote, 'Maybe I want to wear only mens clothes tomorrow, or only green clothes.' Who may want to wear men's clothes tomorrow? Your essence? Who likes or dislikes a certain type of food? Who makes the many tiny choices through the day which we all face?
Being is not Doing. A person can be in a state of Being while doing, while in action. A person is, in essence, that state of Being. But Being cannot act. For that, there is a personality.
Anja van Loon My hardware is something different than my software ;) I am consciousness in a human body? My body has senses to influence that consciousness? My brain paths will change after I become more knowledge and experiences. I also forget things, which change my perspective on daily basis, so will make other choices? Still you want to define who I am?
Gary R. Smith Anja van Loon - aren't we saying mostly the same thing, in different words? What is your hardware? What is your software?
Anja van Loon So what is ego? The way I would wish I am? The way I want you to see me? The way I want you to think about me? I don't really care ;) for me there is nothing to show, nothing to gain, nothing to hide, nothing to win. :)
Gary R. Smith Who wrote the above comment?
Anja van Loon My state of mind?
Gary R. Smith Who is 'my'?
Anja van Loon I don't care ;) but I would like it to see it as energy, because otherwise it make no sense :)
Again influenced by energy, knowledge, experiences of all kind of forms. This stored and divided over 2 hemispheres who are connected by some or more wires which communicate with each other and which also can get overloaded. Produce hormones to keep the hardware in state of surviving, etc. such interesting things those brains.
Anja van Loon Question - how far does your energy reach?
Gary R. Smith Good question, Angela (may I call you by that name, or do you prefer Anja?)
Normally, when you ask about 'your' anything, 'I' would answer 'my.'
To 'me,' this refers to the localized, personalized 'me.' In that sense, which 'I' would also call the Temporal (Finite, Bordered, Defined) 'me' — 'my' energy is centered in the physical body and extends to the far reaches of 'my' energy field, or aura.
However, the 'I am' which expresses through this body, is without limit. It is the Timeless, Infinite, Borderless, Undefined.
The personality cannot honestly say it is Timeless because it is not. When it merges with the Timeless, the defined loses its definition, the borders soften and All becomes borderless.
It makes sense to 'me' that this occurs as the individuated unit of consciousness moves in awareness from the body into the microcosm of atoms, particles and superstrings. Whatever others mean by dimensions, I call these 'steps' of microcosmic awareness, dimensions. If we travel from body to organ/system to cell, we are at the third dimension. Fourth is molecular, fifth is atomic, sixth is particle and seventh is superstring consciousness. Or so.
Can you imagine traveling with your center of awareness into the particles of your body? Look around, what do you 'see'? Do the particles stay cohesive as a body, or do they blend with the particles of the air (such as natural aromas wafting in molecules from the body.) Do the boundaries become fuzzy? Certainly my energy field mixes with the energy of my surroundings and the energy of those I interact with. Only within the consciousness of the body am I not aware of this.
Then, my identity as an individuated unit of the One Consciousness shifts from the localized body and personality, to a more Cosmic me — and the energy of that 'my', if there is any sense of individuality left, reaches beyond the stars.
Philotimo Definition #3574:A choice in the moment to live from the Timeless (the borderless, undefined Infinite) in a dance with the bordered, defined Temporal, evidenced by whole human acts of eternal qualities. - Emanate Presence