The thoughts that you’ve learnt about yourself are not who you are

There is nothing you need to learn to be who you already are. Yet much of our thinking about who we are our has been learnt.

We learn who we ‘think’ we are from the most significant relationships we have in our lives, especially those we formed in childhood with our parents or caregivers. These tend to provide the blueprint for all our subsequent relationships for how we see ourselves. Combine that with the relationships we have with the super structures in our society i.e. education, family, religion, media, law, politics and economics and we come to learn what and how to think about who we are.

But you cannot learn who you are, you can only be who you are. When you learn something, it means it sits outside of you, that is how you can learn it. You cannot learn that which is intrinsically you, you can only be it. So what you have learnt about who you are, is just that, learnt and not who you are. Because there was nothing you had to learn to be born as you and there is nothing you need to learn to be who you already are.

Let there be space in your mind and you will know who you are beyond learning who you think you are.

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