Your words to St. Catherine of Sienna were: “I am He who is; you are she who is not.” Puzzling greatly over this statement leads me to entertain the thought that to be one with You is simply “to be.” Such is our true self. But to live our false selves is to not be.It would seem that nothing can be predicated of the true self; for the moment it is, it describes an aspect of the false self. It is the difference between “I am” and “I am an athlete,” or “I am a husband,” or “I am a musician,” or even “I am a contemplative.”As soon as we posit the self in something other than You, we take away from our true selves – the essence of which is simply “being.” Reflection such as this refers, it would seem, more to our origin and our destinybecause we cannot be in this world without predication. You Yourself were a carpenter, teacher, leader, servant. Must we say, however, that everything predicated of our being in this life is in some form an expression of a false self? Certainly it is true that we append extensions to our being. Perhaps while certain extensions diverge from and qualify our pure being, others gravitate magnetically (though never completely) toward it.
If we accept that our true being is spiritual then that which we pursue which tends toward the spiritual while not per se a descriptor of our being, turns us in that direction. So it cannot be totally false. Our humanity is a qualifier of our life which is Your gift. So to say that life is a search for ways to overcome our humanity somehow fights the spirit of its ground. Though there are some who might discover in small tastes the ecstasies of the purely spiritual true self, it is an irrevocable and inevitable fact of earthly existence that our spirituality and our humanity are intertwined in various ways of our choosing.