“Who ARE you, really?”
Sounds like a simple question, doesn’t it? It’s surprising to know that a huge majority of people out there find it very difficult to answer this simple question. Not on the surface level, but rather in a deeper sense.

Finding yourself and your identity amidst all the noise around you can be both challenging and scary. You may have thought that you already know yourself very well, only to find out that you don’t. You may not even have tried, out of fear of discovering your many flaws and imperfections which make you think of yourself as “lacking.” Overcoming those challenges and fears is the only way for you to understand your being and your existence truly.

A good start is by looking at your past. After all, your past is usually what determines who you are today. Look back at both the good and bad– cherish the former, and accept the latter.

Yes, acceptance. The mistakes we made in the past plays a huge role in our present and have more impact on our lives than we can imagine. By accepting these, we gain a better understanding of who we were, which can be helpful stepping stones towards understanding who we are and who we can be. Realise your mistakes, learn from them and move on.

Keep in mind though that our yesterdays’ only form a part of our lives, because we still have today and tomorrow. Begin by taking time to think about who you are right now. Be aware of what you can and can’t do, what you are and aren’t capable of. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Work hard to improve what is good, and work harder to improve what is not. By doing so, you are forging a path towards awareness. When you are aware of who you are, then it will be easier to see and visualise what you want for the future.

As the well known Deepak Chopra quotes in The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimension of your life – “Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are…each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness.”
Our wants are the result of knowing what we don’t have. Here again, we are not talking about our materialistic wants, but rather what we want for our personal being. Start by visualising the kind of future that you want to have, and this will help to determine the steps you need to take in order to achieve your ideal future.

Louise Hay, is the expert when it comes to self healing and self awareness. It’s something we should all work on, if we are to recognise our goals and path our future.

All in all, our identity is the total of our past, present, and future. Knowing who we were in the past helps us understand who we are at present. This in turn will help us clarify who we want to be in 10 or 20 years time. Having this knowledge will help us discover our ultimate identity, ultimate selves and our ultimate being.