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Who are you precisely? What creates you, forms you, changes you once you are given birth? What constitutes the breath of life for you? Are you what you ingest?
The recent social constructs in the west of you being able to categorize yourself as who you "identify as"...changes the philosophical as well as biological foundations of who you actually are and transcends to a twist on metaphysical questions of "who am I". It can be quite confusing and it's intended to be. If you are lost, insecure, vulnerable and confused-you are easier to mislead, tempt and control.
From a chemical/biological viewpoint-you are made up of elements, the most prevalent being H2O (water-Hydrogen and Oxygen). Each day you add nutrients which can add to your composition, degrade you, or actually "toxify" your systems. What you breathe in also affects your functioning-whether you are fortunate enough to breathe clean air (less and less possible) or varying levels of polluted air depends on where you live and work.
Your environment can physically constrict and even damage you, strain your health (extremes of altitude, cold, heat, humidity or aridity) electrical magnetic pulses bombarding you, and/or excessive noise can diminish your capacities and conversely, a pristine, natural landscape may enhance your well being on a physical, and possibly a spiritual plane.
However, the thoughts, energetic emissions and emotional atmosphere you are subjected to daily are also inputs which have the ability to change you, stimulate and certainly influence you more powerfully than you may realize. One end of the spectrum would be the privations of a prison cell or being born or kidnapped into a Daesh/ISIS stronghold, criminal network or pedophile family-living hells, yet millions must survive these conditions. On the other side of the spectrum-you may be born into or grow into a materially and culturally rich family, a spiritually strong family and/or peaceful country where all your basic needs are satisfied and you have the freedom to express yourself uniquely. You may fight against either situation as you grow and this struggle will transform you.
The types of media/propaganda you are subjected to can mold you permanently into an unrecognizable version of your "self". Peer pressures, social media, advertising all permeate most societies now. You may find being inauthentic is the only way you can conform. You may unconsciously be emulating media personalities and "famous" people-to be accepted. Perhaps your voice imitates other people, your intonation, vocabulary becomes rote instead of spontaneous. Are you "them" or "you" now?! Have you become a caricature of yourself after posting so many posed images on social media platforms?
Do you ever reflect on these questions? Only you, in the privacy and stillness of being with only your own thoughts, are able to answer the question honestly-to check in and seek out who you really are...today, this week, this year, this decade-this lifetime. Such a quest takes great care and deep courage. No one else can do it for you. Someone who loves you may be a support, a motivator, a mirror....but only you know the truth in the answer(s) that may be revealed.
October will soon be over. The year and the decade are crawling to a corner. 2020 will soon be celebrated as arriving. Many predictions have been made for the upcoming decade. How will you face them if you don't know who you are, what influences you, what you are ingesting, what you truly believe? Isn't it time to exercise your will to discover the truth on a daily basis? Lies are so prevalent and persuasive if you let them linger. It takes effort to peel back the veils and become conscious.
Posing can only be satisfying for only so long. Are you simply what you present to the world...what you post and display? Are you constantly thinking about what to "post" instead of being in the moment of the actual activities you engage in, by yourself or with others? Do you remember the pic/video clip...more than the real experience?
Be careful-the virtual "world" is an illusion. Step out for awhile.
These are my thoughts, my viewpoints tonight as snow falls and winds swirl around the mountains-here in Colorado. I am Including a mind expanding selection of music by Hans Zimmer. It became the soundtrack for one of the more provocative movies of this decade..."Inception" a film I saw with my son Denali, which sparked hours of satisfying discussion and questions in face to face, human to human interaction. A vivid memory of our time together one week years ago. We never thought of taking photos...we were too involved in reality.
Enjoy "Time" by Hans Zimmer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5IailIzqdc&t=3s
Peace to you,