What is Personal Identity?



Personal identity is developed by the mind, out of different experiences and impressions of life over the time.

Everyone holds the personal identity into his mind, as its natural process of the mind. The way mind thinks, and forms imagination, in a similar way, out of all your experiences and impressions of life, you form a personal identity.

When you recognize your personal identity, it’s easier to understand yourself and the process of life.

Your personal identity drives you, with every choice and decisions of life, and knowingly or unknowingly you have to follow, as it becomes your nature.

To understand your personal identity and drop it for ever, takes a whole process for you to go through. That’s the path of spirituality.

The spiritual path is to discover yourself beyond your personal identity. If you consider yourself the physical body and the image of your mind, and if there is something more to it, exists within you, and that is the truth, than will you not like to discover, beyond what your mind, already created for yourself?

Your personal identity is a bunch of the past experiences and impressions.

Whenever you sit alone, try to analyze what you think?

You can only think what already happened in the past, and what different can you do, in the future. When the situation comes in the present moment, sometimes you are able to execute your thoughts, and sometimes you get driven by the situation.

The real importance to know one’s personal identity is to go beyond it. You can only move beyond the identity of your mind, if you can realize it in your mind.

Otherwise, the same process of past, present and future continues into your mind, and your past, present and future too revolves around the identity of your mind.

Your very own personal identity separates you, from the truth of life. If you are in pain, pain is real. If you experience pleasure, pleasure is real.

If you can really notice, when you are happy, or even when you are sad, you are happy both in the heart and in your mind, and when you are sad, you are sad too, both in your heart and in the mind too.

If someone hit hard, on your legs, with a rod you feel pain. Where you will feel pain, in your legs, but if you notice, you will realize that part of your mind, is also in pain.

These part of your mind, i.e. personal identity, that also goes in pain and pleasure simultaneously, when any part of your body, mind and heart experience different thoughts, feelings or emotions.

That means when you are sad, you are disheartened at the level of heart, and at the same time, the personal identity that you have created in your mind, also gets disheartened, because of its attachment with the body, mind and heart.

The problem is, not that the personal identity gets sad and happy, when something goes right or wrong with your life. The problem is, your personal identity exaggerate every thoughts, feelings and emotions within you, out of a single experience, and creates a whole bunch of illusion into your mind, that separates you from the reality of life.

What attracts you towards the celebrities is there larger than life portrayal, but do you think when it comes to reality, they are anything different than, the way you live?

“The mega projection of celebrities in the mind of an average man is a fine example of, how mind deceives human, by creating a larger than life portrayal of a person or any situation, out of his imagination.”

The situation makes you happy and you have to be happy, and when the situation makes you sad, you are supposed to be sad, no problem with it. But when you are happy, and you begin to spread that happiness, with all your different situations of life, only at the level of mind, than that’s the problem. The happiness you experienced yesterday, but for some reason, your mind keeps you happy for the longer period of time, because you can still relate yourself, with that experience in this moment.

Now you might think that, it’s good to be happy all the time, and it’s good, if you can take the happiness of one situation to the other, but be careful when your personal identity carries happiness of one situation into another, than it also knows, how to spread your pain, to your entire life.

You might have come across people, those who don’t feel good about their childhood, or say different experiences of their life. It’s because the identity that they hold inside of themselves, like to spread what had already past, into all the different situations and events of their life.

They are unknowingly suffering, out of their ignorance, and nobody can help them, to come out of their suffering, except themselves. The personal identity knows how to expand an idea, into an entire life, and if it’s positive your life is heaven and if its negative, your life is hell. The solution is, life is possible, even after dropping the identity created by your mind.

Life is beautiful, and all your past, present and future has its own place, at different stages of your life, but you cannot allow yourself to live in the ignorance, that completely push you away from the reality of life.

The role of personal identity is to create dreams, desires, go to the past, create the future, and all these things are happening purely in the mind. Sometimes it’s possible for you to act, on few of your desires and it becomes possible in your life, and thus you begin to trust the thought process of your mind.

The mind has its nature and it follows its nature. Personal identity is a subtle part of the mind that needs to attach itself with something for its existence. If it doesn’t relate with anything, it cannot stand on its own. It’s an illusory part of the mind.

The mind creates illusive personality for its existence; otherwise mind cannot stand on itself. Mind doesn’t have its own roots, so it attaches itself with different people, situation, events or experiences of life.

You might think that its, mind that thinks into the past or the future or the attention gets shifted of the mind into the past or the future, but that’s not the case.

It’s always personal identity that makes choice, decision and shifts his attention and looks for the references in the past for the present moment, or thinks for the future. It’s the personal identity that continuously go on and on, into your mind.

All your perception and perspective towards life, comes in context to your personal identity. Your life depends upon, how you mold your personal identity, but mind you, when you bring the shift to your personal identity, your life still remains at the level of mind.

There is a life possible beyond the personal identity of your mind. You can drop your personal identity, and still live life with grace. When you drop your personal identity, the only thing that remain with the mind, is your attention.

Focus, attention, concentration is part of the mind, while awareness, consciousness, wakefulness, is part of the observer in you that exists beyond mind.

The mind knows how to focus, while the observer knows how to see. The mind perceives life through senses, while observer can perceive life both through the mind and senses.

When the Observer observes life through senses, it drops the mind that means the experience of the past and idea of the future, and simply perceives life in the moment. When it perceives through the mind, it considers the past, and future of the situation or event, before he makes a choice or decision in the present moment.

The personal identity simply keeps you entangle with the repetitive process of life. Most of the time, you repeat the experience of the past into the present moment and, when you think into the future, you only think to expand your past experiences into the future.

You remain with the personal identity created by the experiences of your life, and you never experience life, beyond yourself.

The process of evolution serves you to identify your personal identity, but life also has an alternative, whereby, you can consciously choose the path of evolution, and recognize your identity, and rise above it.

The life exists beyond personal identity, where you experience bliss and wisdom of life. You can experience yourself as pure energy and vibrations. Energy is an experience of bliss, and with the higher vibrations, you experience the ultimate.

All the experiences of life big or small lie within you. You have to look at life, beyond what already exists, and you come face to face with the reality of life.

There are different ways to look beyond your personal identity. Before you move into the experience, you need a clear intent from within. Once your mind is clear, what it wants, it automatically drives you, into the direction of your experience.

“You never receive anything, unless you call for it. It always you, who move towards the experience or attract the experience, either consciously or unconsciously.”

Life is clear what to bring to you and, only you are confused, with what you want out of life. Once you get clarity inside, life always serves you at every point, with everything that you ask from life.

Physical exercise, attention on breathe, meditation are the simple tools that can serve you to experience life, beyond mind., but before you pick any of the technique, you have to be absolutely clear from inside, what you are looking with life.

You can go on meditating for years, or pick any of the technique; nothing will work, unless you are absolutely clear from inside. If you don’t tell your mind, where to go with life, with the past experience, he always knows, where he wants you to take with life.

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Roshan Sharma is an Author of “Meditation:The Beginning of a New Life“. He runs a blog under the name “ModernAgeSpirituality.com”, and has written over 500 blogs covering the topics, from God, religion, spirituality, philosophy, mind, meditation, psychology, consciousness, and many more. He is a regular practitioner of meditation and prefers walking or running for physical exercise. He is an avid reader of life.

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