The Great Pretending

How much of our attention is devoted to searching or seeking? Much of it is for knowledge of the universe, or how our world and our bodies function. But the ultimate search is characterized by the question we all, sooner or later, feel drawn to ask: “Who am I?”

This question can only be asked from the conviction that everything in the universe is different and separate from everything else. And particularly that nothing is a part of what created it. We have been asking this question since time began, rarely pausing to consider, the one thing that must be known by every living thing is what it is. Without knowing this it could not exist.

In Mind, without the belief of being separate, being and knowing are the same. Therefore, when we deny our knowing, as we do by pretending to be uncertain what we are, it is because we do not want to be what we are and think we can become something we would like more.

Denial of knowing is the beginning of the experience of being separate. Claiming to be uncertain who we are creates the need to question which separates us from where the answer must be. This results in the mind seeming to become split into knowing and not knowing, having and not having, loving and not being loved.

Where is the essential “you” in this attempted duality? Are you the one who doubts and asks the question? Or is your doubting just a thought, a denial of knowing by the one who knows? When you say, “I cannot hear the Voice for God,” is it because you really do not want to hear? Are you afraid that what you hear will not be what you want to hear?

What better way to describe an illusion than to tell your story as though it was written and acted by someone else? Yet this is the story of the world, a limitless variety of tales all trying to make ignorance the truth. All denying the one thing it is impossible to deny. In our perception of separateness it seems “natural” to assume we have separate minds. We do not ask how it is then possible to connect to those “other minds” for our communication.

Accommodating our belief, God answered our “Who am I,” question by placing the answer in our mind where it would always be available to us and we could finally be led to see that the one who asked must also be the One who answered.

Take responsibility for knowing who you are. Admit it is merely a matter of having chosen not to know and you will have overcome the largest obstacle to “not knowing.” Now consciously choose to know and discover how much more easily you can be led to find the “place” within your mind where the essential You has always been.

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