Who Am I? This is the trick question, isn’t it? I can tell you that my current occupation is machine operator, but that only tells you what I’m doing for work. It doesn’t tell you who I am, and it can and may change. This is supported by my work history, which I could tell you, but it would only reveal that I do whatever I must to earn a living. That would also be a lot of writing to reveal so little about who I am.
This is a trick question that I have encountered in philosophical/spiritual pursuits on several occasions. It has been used to demonstrate how little the common answers reveal about who we truly are. I do not care to repeat this exercise here, though. If you seek answers to life’s many dilemmas, you have probably encountered this little exercise. If you aren’t seeking such answers, you wouldn’t be interested anyway. However, the question still remains unanswered. What can I tell you that substantially reveals something about who I am?
Spirituality has been a subject of profound interest to me since I was a child, even though I was not raised in a religious home. I was “born again” in my early to mid-twenties and studied the Holy Scriptures religiously. I walked away from what Christians generally refer to as “The Church” in my early to mid-thirties. Some might say that I “wandered in a wilderness” for the next decade, but I did cling to my knowledge of the Scriptures. I then stumbled upon a multifaceted gem called Paganism, which I have been studying for over a decade now. I include Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism under the umbrella of Paganism, although their adherents may not. By one definition, if you are not a child of Abraham, you are a pagan. Needless to say, comparative religion is an interest of mine, too. You cannot avoid philosophy with interests like these, but I try to when some of the writings truly bend my brain.
I am spirit. I meander through life like a winding stream. As a stream follows the lay of the land, I follow my path as it unfolds before me. As water seeks the lowest point, I seek simplicity. I have trouble applying labels to myself these days, because of what I have learned. Perhaps the only label that fits is “seeker.” It feels better than most, anyway.
The purpose of this blog is to share my experience, my lessons, my insights. In this manner, I also reveal much more about who I truly am, and hopefully it may be helpful to you, the reader. I cannot objectively gauge the quality of my own insights. However, you can and your interaction through commenting may also help me grow, as well as reveal who you truly are. I hope we can become friends.
November 18, 2011
For more insight see : Of Earth and Sky (posted December 11, 2011)