But who is this “I” that people see? It depends on the person I’m with and where I am. I assume roles according to the situation. I can be a disciplined teacher in a classroom setting or a wild dancer in a nightclub. Besides this, others bring their own conditioning and illusions into perceiving who I am.
They see a woman. According to what culture they have assimilated, that is another tag and label that attaches to this “I.” I add further definitions of “woman” from my own cultural background and family examples. These are just roles and structures and do not pertain to who I am as a unique individual.
So when I say, “I am.” Which “I” am I talking about? Do I even know? “I” is a blanket term for a constantly changing, entity of thoughts, emotions, and spiritual insights that also happens to have a body that is constantly changing. Yes, this thing called “I” is never the same from second to second. Things are changing, breaking down, building up, and always in a state of flux.
What is ultimately misleading about the word “I” is that it refers to our physical form. It is not the “I” of the Spiritual “Great I Am.” That is eternal and underneath it all, the unity from which all the little “I’s” emerge and disappear.