IDENTITY CRISIS- WHO AM I?
Have you ever asked yourself, “Who am I really?” Your answers will be something like one of them as given below depending upon the context and situation:
So, all your identities, everything you believe yourself to be, are all dependent on something else. So then, who are you?
By not knowing the answer to the question, “Who am I?” you keep on creating new identities of yourself, consequently going farther away from your true Self. All the suffering in life is because of not knowing your true identity. Moreover, until you realize your true Self, you believe yourself to be the name that has been given to you.
Actually, Ego is the attachment to the false image of the self. When we attach ourselves to the position, title or power as given in the above defining parameters then we stop connecting to the real self. If we get disturbed, our ego is getting affected. When in ego we create a false image of our identity and react if someone says anything against that image.
So, who am I? In reality, I am the being… the eternal Soul and the name, relationships, titles or positions are for my body that all are acquired over the period of time. Body consciousness creates ego. They are all mine, but they are not ‘I’. When I am not aware of my true identity as soul, I identify myself with everything that I acquired. So, I constantly feel superior, inferior, more important, or less important than others – it is like an image I create about my identity. Any image which is not my true identity or the true identity of others is ego. When I see myself as a soul then I should understand that everyone is a soul playing their roles in different positions, titles or powers in their different costumes.
Ego is neither right nor healthy for the soul because it distorts my perception about my own self and others. Ego is also my attachment to my opinion of always being right and not being able to accommodate another’s opinion. If anyone speaks against my opinion or against the image, I have created about myself, I get angry. So, anger is an outcome of ego.