Every view of I am might seem real, unreal or both at different times.
We might express a few views listed below of I am or many of them.
If a view is problematic about one ‘self’ or ‘another,’ then explore another view(s).
40 Common Views in Response to Who am I?
Read slowly, please.
- I am inside the body.
- I am one with the body.
- I am different from the body.
- I am the same as mind and body
- I am not the same as mind and body.
- I am more than the mind and body.
- I am the one who causes harmless and harmful actions.
- I am the experiencer of the results of my actions or actions of others upon me.
- I am constantly changing.
- I am always the same.
- I was the same in the past as in the present.
- I was different in the past than who I am now.
- I am the outcome of the past.
- I am not the outcome of the past.
- I am not dependent upon the past.
- I am dependent upon the past.
- The past self and the present self are not the same and are not different.
- I see what I am.
- I see what I am not.
- The non-self sees what I am.
- The non-self sees what I am not.
- I see no self.
- I see my true self
- No self sees no self.
- Views about myself show what is true.
- Views about myself show what is false.
- Views about myself show some are true and some are false.
- I can make choices at any time.
- I cannot make choices at any time.
- I can make some choices sometimes and not at other times.
- I can develop, stay the same or regress.
- I can be different in the future to what I am in the present or
- I cannot be different in the future from the present.
- I cannot be different in the future from the past.
- One part of me stays the same and one part of me is changing.
- All of me remains the same.
- All of me keeps changing.
- I am is the I am of everybody.
- I am is not the I am of everybody.
- Self-interest, self-help and self-compassion depend upon the view- I am.
A Commentary on Views
- To hold onto one of the above views is to ignore many of the rest.
- To hold to two of the above views ignores many of the rest. And so on.
- No views about myself or yourself are worth holding onto.
- A view only expresses a view.
- That means another view(s), utterly different, can replace it at any time.
- Knowing a view as a view protects the truth.
- To hold to no view confirms a view.
- Repetition of the same view about one ‘self’ or ‘another’ gives it substance.
- Repetition of the same view blocks out potential for another view.
- Emptiness means to see the insubstantiality of holding to a view.
- Liberation means non clinging to views.
- In liberation views arise free from being problematic
- There is no suffering in knowing the emptiness of a view.
- ‘I Am’ reveals a conceit.
- Wisdom responds wisely to events, inner and outer.
The Practice of Who am I?
- Day 1. Select the first view of the 40 views. Slowly repeat it through the day. Reflect and Meditate on it for 24 hours.
- Day 2. Select the second view of the 40 views. Repeat it ….to Day 3…Repeat….
- Reflect on your first 10 days of experiencing different views of I am.
- Repeat every 10 days until you complete 40 days.
- Write out which views you express most often.
- Write out which views would open your mind.
- Write out the benefits of non- clinging to view(s) of I am…
- Read out loud what reflections..
May all beings be free from clinging
May all beings live with wisdom
May all beings know liberation