Finding Our True Identity
The book A Course in Miracles says that we were created with all of the attributes of God: holiness, truth, peace, creativity, and so on. However, at some point we believed that we had contradicted God’s will and had sinned. Then we began to feel guilty, and we became afraid that God would punish us in the future for our imagined sin. We made a world of separation in which we could be apart from God. The self of sin and guilt that we made is not the self of holiness that God created. We cannot lose our holiness, but we can be unaware of it. As long as we believe we are guilty, we will fear God and be unaware of our real self.
As the Course says,
There is no statement that the world is more afraid to hear than this: “I do not know the thing I am, and therefore do not know what I am doing, where I am, or how to look upon the world or on myself.” Yet in this learning is salvation born. And what you are will tell you of itself. (T-31.V.17:5-8)
In other words, when our false identity becomes weak or disappears, that is when our real identity can return to our awareness. There are many people who don’t seem to have a strong personal or cultural identity. Their culture might have been destroyed by another dominant culture, they might be a mixed race, or they might have gone through some disorienting circumstances. However, the Course says that these people might be closer than others to becoming aware of their true identity, the spiritual identity that God gave them when creating them.
The world seems to becoming more and more chaotic and meaningless, but we should remember that the world of separation has never made sense. Instead of seeing these changes in the world as terrifying and unsettling, we can see them as an opportunity to gain our identity by losing it. The chaos in the world might be a blessing in disguise. After all, can you remember a time in this world when you have felt completely at peace and fulfilled? On the other hand, can you remember a time when you were not searching for a better life? Don’t look for a better life where it cannot be found. It cannot be found in this world of separation and false perception. A better life can only be found when we become aware of our true identity. And we might not become aware of our true identity until our old self-made identity has been taken from us.