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Or maybe the question is; What Am I?
Jeff Lieberman, MIT graduate and scientist posed this idea in a TED talk:
Maybe I'm not a human being that has consciousness,
maybe I'm consciousness that is shaped into a human being.
He begins the talk by saying he is a community of cells, billions of cells, which are racing around his physical encapsulation. He's static, to our eyes, but he's actually in constant motion. Looking further, scientifically, those cells disappear into sheer energy, no form, no boundaries; pure, fantastic energy.
In order for energy to manifest itself on this physical plane, it has to have a host form. I am not a scientist, not even close, but there is a knowing in what Lieberman says. It rings true.
Coincidentally, in Elizabeth Gilbert's new book, Big Magic, she writes about ideas being alive. To manifest themselves they need a human collaborator to move from the ether to a form that can be seen and appreciated by this human audience.
If we can stay on this plane, what a magical, curious and surprising life. This is why we are driven to create.
It's not in us, it's of us.
It's around us.
It envelopes us.
And if we open our minds, our hearts, our arms, it will surround us with something so wonderful, there is no language to neither describe nor contain it.