The truth is, you don’t know.
Come on. Don’t give me that “I’m my name, my experiences, my thoughts”. Certainly not those.
Have you ever properly examined your experience…of life?
Everything changes. Everything.
Nothing has form; it’s all unformed by dint of moving on to something else, i.e. ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
And then there are the labels. But if you lived in another country and spoke a different language, it would all be different.
What am I getting at?
It’s actually quite simple. Everything is a formless, changing experience which people call God, the unknown or the river of life. The problem is we live in a separate world where we want everything to be just so.
When everything around is changing.
As someone who, for a very long time, looked out there for the answers, it was only when I looked within that I came to see that life is not within our control and we’re simply part of everything and no-thing — see “The Open Secret” by Tony Parsons. And then…everything fell away. That doesn’t mean I live in a world of make believe where I ignore what’s going on but I no longer covet the things that I think will make me happy. I accept everything as is.
And no, this isn’t about liberation or some extraordinary experience. This is about standing on my own two feet and finding out that to be me, you don’t have to chase the next faux experience.
Sit. Sit for 30 minutes with your eyes shut and see what happens. It might be painful, it might be sweet with the perfume of existence but, either way, you’ll get the general sense that nothing lasts forever.
Ah, life. What a magical experience.