i am not i


I Am Not I
Juan Ramon Jimenez
translated by Robert Bly

I am not I.
I am this one
Walking beside me whom I do not see
Whom at times I manage to visit,
And whom at other times I forget;
The one who remains silent when I talk,
The one who forgives, sweet, when I hate,
The one who takes a walk where I am not,
The one who will remain standing when I die.

I was sent this poem a week ago and have been thinking about it quite a bit.

Juan Ramon Jimenez, in just a few sentences, captures the idea of our deeper identity, the ‘I’ that is always present and in the shadow of the person we normally take ourselves to be.

We are not who we think we are, his poem tells us; we are in the silences between our words, and in a place far deeper than just the present moment.

The poem asks that we remember this our true identity, our true Self.  It certainly isn’t the one we present to the world or to ourselves for that matter.

I wrote a post on my 3-year old Self a few days ago and this brings me to a question – if all our many Selves are co-existing simultaneously, then who or what, is the real Self?

Who am I?

Who are You?


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I'm a woman living in London and this blog captures what lands within my sight and connects with my psyche. I expect it to evolve naturally. It is a place I shall visit from time to time and where things that I am touched by deeply will find a soft place to land. As a psychotherapist and a continuing student, most of the articles you shall find here will somehow, in some way, be related to therapy and well-being. I love comments, so feel free to add yours, whenever and however. I wish you well.

14 thoughts on “i am not i”

  1. Your title already holds all truth. i am, not i.

    I believe all wholeness rests in Him. I give all my broken pieces to Him…and He gives all of His wholeness to me. That’s Love…experienced.


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