A shift in identity

I saw the thumbnail for a video from Adyashanti called The shift in identity1.

Is awakening a shift in identity?

As usual, the answer for me is yes and no and it depends.

SHIFT OUT OF IDENTITY

The simple answer is that awakening is a shift out of identity. It’s a shift from identifying with and as mental field representations (thoughts) and into our nature recognizing itself. The consciousness we are recognizes itself and shifts out of identification with and as ideas. It shifts out of identification with and as parts of its content, and into the field it already is which allows and is all of its changing content.

In that way, it’s not really a shift in identity, it’s a shift out of identity.

A KIND OF SHIFT IN IDENTITY

Of course, you can say that it’s a shift in identity, in a more loose and approximate sense. It’s just that the identity it shifts into is of a different kind. It’s not an identity that’s created by the mental field. It’s more a visceral conscious being of what we already are.

Of course, this can be reflected in ideas in the mental field, which makes it possible for us to communicate with ourselves and others about it. (A side note: The consciousness we are can then take another step and identify with that idea. It can make it into a mental identity for itself, a kind of head on top of the head as they say in Zen.)

For me, this is more of a shift in our center of gravity. I wouldn’t really say it’s a shift in identity since it can easily be misunderstood.

YES & NO & IT DEPENDS

So, yes, in a loose sense OR if you take consciously being what we already are as a kind of visceral identity independent of ideas.

No, since it’s a shift out of identifications.

And as with most things, it depends on how you want to talk about it.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH THIS

In the oneness shift in my teens, this was all in the foreground, and recognizing it was unavoidable. What I am what any content of experience – this human self, the world, any ideas about any of it, any identification with any of it – happens within and as.

That continued. At the same time, this psyche and system has some of its old dynamics and habits. Parts of my psyche still operate from separation consciousness. These parts identify with ideas and identities. And that will color perception, choices, and the life of this human self in the world. It seems inevitable.

That’s why I have continued to explore all of this through meditation and different forms of structured and organic inquiry. It’s a process of inviting more parts of me more deeply and viscerally onboard with the general and “global” recognition of this.

CAVEAT

I haven’t watched Adya’s video so don’t know how he talks about it. From what I know about him, I suspect the essence is similar although a lot more clear and insightful than this! As I have mentioned in other articles, I haven’t been able to take in much in terms of teachings for about fifteen years now. That’s partly because I was full, similar to having eaten too much food. Mainly, it’s because CFS and brain fog make it difficult to take in any information that requires more than minimum processing. The upside is that I am brought more fully back to myself, my own noticing, and what’s live for me here and now.

NOTES

(1) Sorry, embedding of that video is disabled from YouTube’s side.


SHIFT IN IDENTITY

I saw the thumbnail for a video with Adyashanti called “The shift in identity“.

Is awakening about a shift in identity?

As usual, the answer may be yes and no and it depends.

The simple answer is that awakening is a shift out of identity. It’s a shift from identifying with and as mental field representations (thoughts) and into our nature recognizing itself. The consciousness we are recognizes itself and shifts out of identification with and as ideas. It shifts out of identification with and as parts of its content, and into the field it already is which allows and is all of its changing content.

In that way, it’s not really a shift in identity, it’s a shift out of identity.

Of course, you can say that it’s a shift in identity, in a more loose and approximate sense. It’s just that the identity it shifts into is of a different kind. It’s not an identity that’s created by the mental field. It’s more a visceral being, a conscious being of what we already are. (Of course, it can be reflected in ideas in the mental field, and the consciousness we are can make that into an identity for itself, a kind of head on top of the head as they say in Zen.) For me, this is more of a shift in our center of gravity.

So, yes, in a lose sense OR if you take consciously being what we already are as a kind of visceral identity independent of ideas. No, since it’s a shift out of identifications. And as with most things, it depends on how you want to talk about it.

I haven’t watched Adya’s video so don’t know how he talks about it. I am sure it’s a lot more clear and insightful than this! As I have mentioned in other articles, I haven’t been able to take in much if any teachings for about fifteen years now. That’s partly because I was full, similar to if I eat too much food. Mainly, it’s because of the CFS and brain fog which makes it difficult to take in any information that requires more than minimum processing.

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