“In Touch” : Who or What am I?

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The mind may think that “I don’t know” is the wrong answer to the question “Who or what am I?”
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Yet, in fact, “I don’t know” is the most accurate and honest answer.
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When we deeply investigate all of our placeholder identities, such as being a man or a woman, an American or a German, a white, a brown, or a black, a hetero-or homosexual, they fall to the side like name tags scattered on the floor at the end of a convention.
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The simple truth is that we actually don’t know who we are.
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Gradually we learn to relax into this not knowing.
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As Jean Klein once told me during a private interview, “Abide in the heart, not knowing.”
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At some point, having made ourselves available, we are taken by grace.
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This taking may be sudden and clearly recognizable or slow and barely noticed—a waterfall or a broad river gently meeting the ocean.
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Whether sudden or gradual, there is a gravitational shift of identity
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from form to formless,
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from being someone to being no one,
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from being an object bounded by time and space
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to being open, awake, and infinite awareness.
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There is clarity, with no one left to claim it as his or her own.
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It marks the beginning of a new chapter of life.
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