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Who Am I? And Why Does it Matter?

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May 25, 2021 @ 8:00 pm May 27, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

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Who Am I? And Why Does It Matter?

At some important point in the life of every seeker, a perennial question presents itself:Who am I?”

Whether a person takes this question seriously or not, the quest for personal identity is an ongoing theme in modern industrial culture. We are bombarded with messages to “find yourself” and offered consumer objects designed to further define and determine what makes us uniquely separate individuals. Ironically, this consumer messaging in turn shapes us into remarkably similar capitalist actors, united by a mutual participation in a culturally reinforced zero-sum game of competition and one-upmanship.

Fortunately, there are paths that invite us off this hamster wheel. The contemplative traditions have been telling us for (in some instances) thousands of years that identity is not the answer to our problems – at least not in the ways that we have been socialized to believe that it is. Rather, various contemplative traditions point us toward a journey of identity that ultimately cultivates a realization that we are not who we think we are. We realize that the answer to who I am can lead to a journey of discovery paradoxically both simple and profound. 

This discovery, we find out, makes all the difference in the world – and not just for ourselves.

In this seminar, participants will:

  • learn about the ways in which we are socialized to be autonomous individuals, and why this produces suffering both for ourselves and others
  • explore the origins of this “cult of individualism”
  • discover why this socialization is a problem from the perspective of many contemplative traditions.
  • overview the alternatives to “individualism” as taught by contemplative traditions like Hinduism, Buddhism & Western Esotericism
  • receive a practical solution to not becoming consumed by your identity

This talk will be released on-demand on Tuesday, May 25th at 8:00 pm ET.  Convert to your timezone here. All who register will receive a 48hr-active link to watch the recording. 

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About the Instructor

Jacob Kyle, MA, MSc, is a meditation teacher, writer, philosophy educator and the Founding Director of Embodied Philosophy, an online educational platform for wisdom studies and contemplative practices. Jacob holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007) and an MA in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research (2013). In 2020, Jacob was initiated as an Acharya (authorized teacher) of Neelakhanta Meditation in the tradition of Blue Throat Yoga by scholar-practitioner Paul Muller-Ortega. Jacob is a devoted student and practitioner of the Śaiva-Śakta Darśana.