We cannot know ourselves from within the law – or from any entity that is not Jesus Himself. Christ is who we came from and who we are becoming. It is in Him that we have our real being as opposed to the in-authentic self we are in the ego and in Adam. Few legalists are contemplatives. Those who manage a faint likeness to it are frequently agonised and obsessed. Obsessed with futile attempts to bring their body into subjection to the will by means of assorted disciplines and ‘keys.’ Some attempt it through the asceticism or diet. Others give way to gloom and others to depression.
The Mirror is Christ - not me, myself and I.
WHO AM I PRECEDES I AM
Knowing who we are often comes from the desperate realisation that we have discovered who we are not. We did something that was ‘not us.’ Or we lived a life-style in which ‘we’ were not at home. Mary sought her real self in Jesus – at His feet and being drawn into His life. Martha was still on the way – contained in externalities, activism and a performance orientation that blinded her to her real self and the reality of the banquet of satisfaction and self-nurture that was in her midst and could be in her person.
The manufactured self and the self yuo become in re-birth
Richard Rohr writes, “That there are two selves is rather constant in the Perennial Tradition, although the language might be very different from group to group. The important issue is how we tell the difference. Those who deny a sacred source to the universe (“God”) have no way of naming something “true” and must resort to psychology, philosophy, and cultural norms alone to find something authoritative.” (1)
Too true. But those insulated in religion have no access to their own true selves because they are insulated by religion from the I AM of God. Separated in Adam and off in Adam's outrigger - Moses - we are separated from the reality of God and our real self. God is not real but religious and we are less real and more religious. In externalities we have missed the sacred source, mistaking abstractions for life and the letter for spirit – if we know what spirit is. ‘Who shall delivers us from the body of death? Jesus Christ our Lord!
(1) Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self . SPCK. Kindle Edition.
FALSE SELF/REAL SELF
Anyone who does not know God can possess a self. But it’s not the real them. A self-made you is not you. We can construct a persona over time. But the real us is who we are in an on-going encounter with Jesus. Martha was involved in the motions of a self. Even in the presence of Jesus. Mary positioned herself to become a real self and begin releasing spirit and life. The false self is us and our accomplishments. The real self is us in union with Father. We develop as our real selves in the Spirit of Sonship because we and our Father are one.
Temporal you / Eternal you
Who you are in Adam/Moses is never who you are in Christ. In this mode we are insulated from God and from ourselves. We live in a false world that produces false truth supported by false facts. Your new birth, your taking on Christ’s life as yours in place of you is the beginning of the Kingdom of God in your life and the start of the reign of you over all that is dead and un-alive.
The false self is never spirit and life. The true self always is
Anything less than the death of the False Self is useless religion. The False Self must die for the True Self to live or, as Jesus himself puts it, “Unless I go, the Spirit cannot come” (John 16:7). This is rather clear but also devastating news. Theologically speaking, let me put it this way: Jesus (a good person) still had to die for the Christ (the universal presence) to arise. It is the pattern of transformation, but the letting go of the original “good person” is always a huge leap of faith precisely because it is deemed to be so “good.” Biblically it is foreshadowed in the killing of the innocent Passover lamb, which had been taken into the home and likely already named by the children (Exodus 12:5–6). What has to die is not usually bad; in fact, it will often feel good and necessary. Your True Self is that part of you that is going to live forever and sees truthfully. It is divine breath passing through you.(2)
(2) Rohr, Richard. Immortal Diamond: The search for our true self . SPCK. Kindle Edition.