Daily Practice - Who Am I?

On the path of self-discovery, questions are way better than answers. A well-formulated question is our number one tool to expand our awareness and the boundaries our human experience. Answers close doors. Although they reassure us and give us comfortable reference points, they interrupt the flow of possibilities—ones we never considered—and narrow down the spectrum of possible outcomes. When we answer a question about who we are, we create perimeters within which we exist, and everything that is not a part of the answer becomes unacceptable and separate from us. We divide our humanness into little pieces, separating ourselves from our Divinity.

Conversely, when we ask a question without trying to answer it too quickly, we open our minds and our hearts to what is outside the box of what we already know. When we ask questions without looking for answers, we send signals to the divine intelligence that we are open and ready to discover something new, something we don’t know yet. Like Jiddu Krishnamurti said, “To ask the ‘right’ question is far more important than to receive the answer. The solution of a problem lies in the understanding of the problem; the answer is not outside the problem, it is in the problem.”

One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is, “Who am I?” It is a simple, powerful question that includes its own answer, “I Am.” These last two words represent the Divine intelligence. When we ask the question, we ask the Divine intelligence to guide us toward remembering our own Divine nature.

Personally, I have done this every day for several years. It has led me to a deep understanding of my nature as a spiritual being. This practice has brought clues, insights, awareness, and healing that have all been part of deepening that knowledge.

The practice is as follows: 

This practice is best done early in the morning in the moments before you get out of bed.

Begin by closing your eyes and bringing your attention to your breath. Deepen your breath and allow it to be slower than normal. Five counts in through your nose, reaching for the in-breath in your belly first, then moving it up to the chest, then exhaling five counts out through your mouth, dropping your jaw and softening your throat, your neck, and your lips.

Now bring your attention to your heart. Imagine your mind is in the actual space of your heart as you continue to breathe deeply. Quietly within, ask the question, Who am I? Repeat the question for about three minutes, slowly, staying connected to your breath and your heart. Don’t try to answer the question; simply ask it and feel it. Answers might come from your thoughts, from your guides, from the Divine. Don’t stay attached to the answers that might arise, just notice them and go back to gently asking the question and being present to your entire body.

At the end of the three minutes, take one last, deep, in-breath in gratitude to the opportunity to converse with the Divine, saying thank you, and releasing the question on your exhalation. Surrender the details of how and when the question will reveal itself - the how and when are not up to you. The answer will present itself in Divine time, and it is out of your hands. Once the practice is over, go about your day, keeping your mind open to messages or synchronicities that might arise.

Asking Who am I?, with your attention in your heart, will communicate to your heart and soul your deep desire to truly know yourself and meet your eternity. Your soul communicates through feelings. Feeling the question and the gratitude will bring you in close proximity to your soul, to your true nature, where insights can be revealed.