Mar 31, 2019
"I am." Is it necessary to think these words in order to know that you exist? Of course not! Whether or not this expression is being thought, what you are is clearly present and requires no such mental assertion as proof of your existence. This means that whatever it is that you are, is not dependent on words, but is what's aware of their presence or absence.
If "I am" is unnecessary to think in order to know that you are, then neither is it necessary to place a word after the expression "I am" in order to be what you are. Any statement, no matter what that may be, whether "I am a body", or "I am unenlightened", or even "I am awareness", is just a story created in thought, being seen by what you are.
Regardless of what words follow that mental phrase, you are what is present to know such expressions are arising, and without your presence, no such stories could be known. Being that you are present before any description of you can be created in thought, you are always free of the imagined story centered around the word 'I'.