Who are you, and who do you want to be?

Take a minute right now and answer this for yourself. Write down whatever jumps out as your first response.

How did you answer the first part? Did you list one or more roles you play in your family? Or maybe you stated your profession? Your gender? A favorite hobby?

How about the second part? Did you jump to a characteristic or lifestyle you want but don’t yet have? Or perhaps you wished for some improvement in one of your relationships?

This is actually a trick question.

We often forget that who we are is not the same as what we do, although our culture might equate the two. Likewise, we are not our personalities. These are just a tool we develop to help us navigate the world. Who we are is not our “current condition”. Who we are is outside of time.

And that’s why “the me I want to be” is simply the me I already am—just with more awareness and experience of who that is. I know it sounds like a JP Sears Ultra Spiritual video, but let’s consider it.

Can you connect with your true identity, the “silent watcher” to whom Eckhart Tolle refers:

“Be the silent watcher of your thoughts and behavior. You are beneath the thinker. You are the stillness beneath the mental noise. You are the love and joy beneath the pain.”

With focus and practice we can quiet our personality, thoughts, emotions, and other distractions long enough to glimpse the beings we truly are.

Give it a try—and don’t be surprised to discover that you are magnificent!