Thursday, February 13, 2014
This exercise requires a pen and paper.
Got it? Ok....
Please list all of the things that make up You.
Once you've completed the list, note that they are attributes. Categorize each item as a Physical or Personality attribute, then run through the following questions...
If it's a physical attribute, does it describe the self or the body?
If it's a personal attribute, does it describe the self or pattern of events?
Does the personal attribute actually list what others have told you about yourself, or patterns of behavior the body and brain has demonstrated?
What were the factors in contributing to this construct called the self?
Is any of it unchanging?
If it is unchanging, then can there be a core and sustained self? Look for that self now.
Is the list a collection of things you might say you ARE?
Look back at the YOU that is supposedly has all of these attributes. Can the YOU both HAVE the attributes and BE the attributes?
Are you part of an attribute?
Do you say you HAVE a body? What is it that has this body?
Do you say you HAVE a brain? What is it that has this brain?
Do you say you HAVE a heart? What is it that has this heart?
Do you say you HAVE a soul? What is it that has this soul?
Do you say you HAVE a spirit? What is it that has this spirit?
Which item on the list is you? Or are you a label for a collection of ideas? What and where is the entity or unchanging being that the label points to?
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