We tell and retell our stories, shape and reshape our identities, and hold our defenses closer and closer and then the moment comes when the I within shines forth and we become, oh so briefly, the radiant Image that lives behind and beyond the stories, identities, and defenses
Your I is always present but it only comes to the foreground of your consciousness intermittently. A surprise awakening to I. Like the sudden appearance of a rainbow against the dark clouds of our stories, our identities, and our defenses.
Your I is neither the ultimate story, the perfect identity, nor the impenetrable defense.
Your I is absolute… no limitations or definitions, no conditions or qualifications, no attachments or needs, not relative nor comparative, no birth and no death, no diminishment and no possibility, no polarities and no paradoxes. WOW…
But earthly existence is all of that – the opposite of absolute. And living gets tough and finding meaning, significance and purpose can feel hopeless. The stories are never-ending and get filled with distortions and fantasies, the identities become old and burdensome, and the defenses exhausting and isolating. YUK!
So why does the I choose to incarnate and surrender its absoluteness for a lifetime? Why are you/I here? Why did the Absolute, the Godhead, create all this? Isn’t that what humankind keeps asking? I certainly keep asking.
In your heart, you are not a story, not an identity, and not defended. You are a living image of I Am.
The courses of Imagine Self are designed to develop the capacity in you to seek out, sort out, wiggle out the image of I behind your stories, your identities, and your defenses. To become both innocent and wise in knowing the way this image of I appears.
But what I have realized and what I share in the Imagine Self courses, is that the stories, the identities, the defenses point to the image of I. The work is to embrace, study, explore all that you are in your earthly humanness to find the image of I.
What unfolds through the Imagine Self work is the fourfold wisdom of being human:
- the wisdom of the Archetype of being human,
- the wisdom to imagine Self as human and divine,
- the wisdom to imagine the other as both human and divine, and
- the wisdom to imagine the world and the future.
Does this sound “heavy,” abstract, lacking the entertainment or dramatic thrill of our stories, etc? All gravity and no levity?
Actually, one of the great joys of this work is the experience of Cosmic Humor and self-delight. And the wonderful experience of Cosmic Celebration. Every time one of us gets even the slightest glimpse of the Truth, Beauty, and Goodness of the personal Image of I…the whole Cosmos applauds and laughs like it is the best birthday ever.
Imagine Self courses make the links between the original archetypes of being human and personal dramas, turning stories, identities, and defenses into revelations… and bingo the Image of I appears! Happy Birthday to your I Image!
Here’s a birthday card by Jacquie Lawson that demonstrates this:
2014 brings a new imagination of Imagine Self and of ways to support you in knowing your Image, actually your three images…stay tuned for the details.