There is one important question we should all ask ourselves at some point in our lives, no, it isn’t what is my purpose but ‘Do I exist outside my history?’. My history of learning, experiences, culture, heritage, and understanding. Am I just a product of everything my soul and body has been exposed to? Is my life a reaction to all that has been done to me?
This question can take you very deep into your psyche if you let it.
In the stillness of your soul ask yourself, do I feel the way I do because I AM or because I have come to believe that this is the right way? In Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses ‘I am that I am’ a translation of the Hebrew phrase אֶהְיֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶהְיֶה, ’ehyeh ’ăšer ’ehyeh.
This is a very powerful phrase if you open up to it.
You are what you always were, no matter what was done to you, you must be true to your true self. So are you that? Or are you bitter because someone betrayed you, stole from you, abused you, wronged you? Every belief that you hold is it because life, circumstance, society, your parents, your loved ones, your friends, your society, your culture, your nation and your need for acceptance makes you? Now don’t get me wrong, if you live in a society that dictates that every life matters, every child needs to be protected and we should all live in peace and harmony, by all means, imbibe it.
It is when we are driven by hate, fear, and anger that we need to ask ourselves, is this how I truly feel or is it because everyone in my tribe thinks this way. Do you do things because you want to or is it to please those around you? While I understand that in order to survive or even just have a little peace in the household/workplace you might have to adjust, accommodate and compromise, do it for too long and slowly you might begin to align yourself with that viewpoint.
You see, it’s all about the questions we ask ourselves, not so much for the answers but the realization that sometimes we get carried away with the events. In this busy world where everyone is shouting down onto us from birth, advice on how to dress, eat, behave, think, and feel, we forget that we are more than a reaction. We are sentient beings who can, if allowed, think and feel for ourselves.
The human body is a glorious reminder of that. Lie detectors are based on the fact that our bodies resist the untruth, even a psychopath will fall prey to a sick body because that’s what happens when we immerse it in a toxic environment. Yes, ONE of the factors of illness is evil. The body is too pure to entertain evil willingly, hence the resistance, this stress creates illness. This is why in the bible often it is mentioned that if someone was sick there was an evil deed that needed atonement.
It all stems from the fact that we are pure beings designed for peace, love, and forgiveness. When we express hate, anger, frustration, bitterness, unforgiveness, we create an imbalance that results in disease, dis ease.
There are many cases, it’s hard to get a scientific validation as the dynamics are too volatile to create a standardized test, that correlates to the fact that stress causes illness. Now, stress isn’t evil but it puts the body in a state of constant strain resulting in illness. Stress comes from being in an environment that might be toxic, not being allowed to live on your terms, being fake, supporting hateful agendas, indulging in malicious gossip, slandering, trolling, etc.
That is why it is so important to meditate, no not only to breathe and take it slow but to ask yourselves, ‘Do I exist outside my history?’ Would I still feel the way I do about so many topics if I did not have the people I do around me? If I were alone on a remote island would I still feel the same way about these issues? If I had one year to live, what would I focus on? What do I want to learn? What do I want to experience? It’s the questions that really matter, not the answers, for it’s in the asking, in that silence when your memory, your learned observations haven’t yet kicked in, that you know what you have always known. You are what you choose to be, so choose wisely.