Who are you? Who are you when you are all alone, when you don’t have to perform, to prove nothing to no one, when you are just you in the silence of your own energy field?
This exercise will help you answer this question so you can get in touch with your own identity.
1. Select a peaceful place to be, without disturbance from the outside noise . Then note on a paper as honestly and purely coming from your heart all the words possible that come pouring out when you ask yourself “Who Am I?”.
2. Now I would like you to close your eyes, soften your face and take a deep breathe. Now ask yourself again “Who Am I?” and try to connect the answer this time with an image in your mind’s eye. When you are ready, open your eyes, and write down the image together with any feelings that might have come up to the surface.
3. The next step is to ask yourself “Who Am I? by standing up and moving or dancing. Let the answer come through the movement of the body and, if you wish, by singing. When you are ready, write about your experience.
2. Planets as subpersonalities
This exercise consists in reviewing your birth chart by seeing the position of the planets in your map and in different areas of your life described by the birth chart.
Planets in an astrological birth chart are like actors. They are the many diverse personages within your personality, which have their own semi-independent activity, needs, and aims. Many of them are quite individual ( especially in the case of unaspected planets * see the blog post about unaspected Venus * ). Subpersonalities have different names, like for example : the Moon represents the Child, Saturn and the Sun - the Parent, Mercury - the Seeker or the Poet, Mars is the Warrior, Uranus - the Lonely One.
Before doing this exercise the first time, it is beneficial to have an astrology reading to look for the all the subpersonalities in your chart (two or three of them). Also to name few that you consider most active or most important now in your life.
The final part of the the exercise consists of reviewing the subpersonalities connected with the three main personality aspects: your body ( Saturn ) , your feelings ( Moon ) , and your mind ( Sun ).
Some of the points you might want to consider are:
1. With which aspect am I identified most of the time? Are there any conflicts between them?
2. What are the valuable qualities and what are the limitations outstanding in each subpersonality? How did each help me or get in my way?
3. What did each want? How can I live them fully in giving to each what they need?
5. How can I harmonize and direct them?
The main purpose of this exercise is to get well acquainted with your subpersonalities.
3. Dis-identification exercise
Our life is dominated by All that we identify with – starting with our name, our jobs, nationality, culture, beliefs, bank account. Our self becomes identified with them and, thus, we attach our happiness on having everything that we identify with. We can dominate, direct, and use everything from which we dis-identify ourselves.
The self-consciousness, the “I,” is implicit in our human consciousness. It is that which distinguishes our consciousness from that of the animals, which are conscious but not self-conscious.
This identification with a part of ourselves is usually related to the predominant roles we play in life. It can take many forms. Some people are identified with their bodies. Others are identified with their feelings; believing their feelings to be the central and most intimate part of themselves. Many are identified with a role, and live, function, and experience themselves with that role, such as “mother,” “husband,” “wife,” “student,” “businesswoman” “teacher,” etc.
This identification with only a part of our personality stops us from realizing the experience of the “I,” of knowing who we are. It prevents th ability to identify with all the other parts of our personality, so we limit our potential to only a part of we can be.
A strong identification with a role or a subpersonality results, in important points in life, in a sense of loss, even despair, such as in the case of a mother whose children have grown up and went to college, or a husband who gets through divorce after 15 years of marriage. Such situations can produce very painful crises as the “old” identity is fading away and we can ask ourselves “ who Am I now ?”
To can get the power of freedom again, we need to dis-identify from any aspect of the personality and to learn to master any aspect of personality from the Observer point of view. Like this, we learn to be the co-creator of our reality, a co-creator linked with the Creator/the Universe that has ultimately creating everything.
This exercise is a great tool for achieving the consciousness of the self, and the ability to focus our attention on each of our main personality aspects, roles. We then become clearly aware that we are the Observer and not the subpersonality, taking back the power of the Self.
Dis-identification exercise :
Stay in a comfortable position, and slowly start to take a few deep breaths.Then make the following affirmation, slowly and thoughtfully:
1. I have a body but l am not my body. My body may find itself in different conditions of health or sickness, it may be rested or tired, but that has nothing to do with my self, my real I. I value my body as my precious instrument of experience and of action in the outer world, but it is only an instrument. I treat it well, I seek to keep it in good health, but it is not myself. I have a body, but I am not my body.
Now close your eyes, recall briefly in your consciousness the general substance of this affirmation, and then gradually focus your attention on the central concept: “I have a body but I am not my body.” Attempt, as much as you can, to realize this as an experienced fact in your consciousness. Then open your eyes and proceed the same way with the next two stages:
2. I have emotions, but I am not my emotions. My emotions are diversified, changing, sometimes contradictory. They may swing from love to hatred, from calm to anger, from joy to sorrow, and yet my essence—my true nature—does not change. ‘I’ remain. Though a wave of anger may submerge me, I know that it will pass in time; I am not this anger. Since I can observe and understand my emotions, and then learn to direct and integrate them harmoniously, as it is clear that they are not my self. I have emotions, but I am not my emotions.
3. I have a mind but I am not my mind. My mind is a valuable tool of discovery and expression, but it is not the essence of my being. Its contents are changing as it embraces new ideas, knowledge, and experience. Sometimes it refuses to obey me. So, it cannot be me, my self. It is an organ of knowledge about both the outer and the inner worlds, but it is not my self. I have a mind, but I am not my mind.
Next comes the phase of identification. Affirm slowly and thoughtfully:
4. I am a center of will, capable of observing, directing, and using all psychological processes and my physical body. I am a center of pure self-consciousness and of will.
5. I am a center of pure self- consciousness. It is the permanent factor in the ever-varying flow of my personal life. It is that which gives me a sense of being, of permanence, of inner balance. I affirm my identity with this center and realize its permanency and its energy.
I realize that from this center of true identity I can harmonize all the psychological processes and the physical body.
The exercise may be modified appropriately, according to your own purpose and existential needs, by including subpersonalities connected with planets/karmic points and their role in your birth chart.