What Makes Us Individuals?

When we consider our physical bodies, we discover that we are, really, a collection of recycled molecules. Cells of our body are created, die, and are replaced many times throughout our lives. We are constantly remaking ourselves. In order to regenerate, our bodies convert the food we eat into basic building blocks of life.

The earth itself provides the nutrients we need to renew ourselves, and when we shed cells, they are returned to the earth. We might say, then, that we are constantly transforming our physical bodies by recycling earth.

Next, consider our emotions. Emotions are just recycled energy. Emotions do not originate with us. They come and go depending on situations, circumstances, relationships, and events.

Emotions are never created in isolation; they always come about because of some interaction with the environment. In the absence of circumstances or relationships, there is no emotion. So even though I may fly into a rage, it is not actually my anger. It is anger that has settled on me for the moment. Each emotion is dependent on the context, circumstances, and relationships that define your reality at that moment.

And what about our thoughts? Well, our thoughts are recycled information. Every thought we have is actually part of a collective database. All but the most original thoughts are actually quantum leaps of creativity that occur from that same collective, recycled bed of imagination.

So if our bodies are recycled earth, our emotions are recycled energy, and our thoughts are recycled information, what is it that makes you an individual? According to many of the great spiritual traditions, one of the great truths is that I am the other. Without the other, we would not exist.

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

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Ro H.
Ro H.2 years ago


Tammy Baxter
Tammy B.2 years ago


Dot A.
Dot A.2 years ago

life is not stagnet
and truth, beauty and love -> evolve

our life
in truth

most gratefully
we bow
in the awe

of IT All~

Hassan C.
Hassan C.2 years ago

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Ken W.
Ken W.2 years ago


Sarah Mussa
Sarah Mussa2 years ago

Too philosophical for me.

Uma Chernoff
Judith Shafer2 years ago

Ron that's so true and I would like to put it to you that it is a universal trait of the divine creator. It's not a metaphor but an actual fact that in all of creation forever there are no two identical snow flakes. Down to the most ephemeral there is always difference. I heard the scientist who was the adviser to the "Bug's life" movie say that just on encountering say...five ants each one of them responds to you differently. One approaches another backs away, another stays and watches.This individuality pertains to every part of the constant creation emanating from the Divine Mystery.

Denise Morley
Denise Morley2 years ago

Thanks, food for thought

Ron Grubner
Ron Grubner2 years ago

Individuality is a truly amazing part of the creation of mankind.It further shows the awesome omni ability of the Creator of ALL things.I have been learning more about the universe lately and the wonderment of it is mind boggling.Even amoung the trillions + of all the planets and stars,each of them are not the same.They are of individual existence. People are so wonderfully created into existence too and by conception with a spirit,are as individual characters and personaliies,as they are visually.It is a perfect example of God's design and reflects His glory.We are purposely created that way for it is by the spirit that we are individual and not by what we need to physically exist.It is the invisable control of the spirit over mind which gives individuaity to each person forever.The physical is only temporary.

Marianne B.
MARIA B.2 years ago

sorry, this does not not coincide with individuality for me.........