Who IS Jonathan?
One of my Facebook friends suggested that I was ‘teaching’ too much and not letting people know the human side of who Jonathan Labman is. So, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to try to answer that question.
In previous years, I’d have answered with biographical and statistical details: 5’10” tall, male, blue eyes, gray hair, almost 63 years old, a Licensed Professional Counselor (Master’s Degree-level Psychologist), married, no children, etc. I’ll leave out my weight until I lose the 20 pounds that my physician and I agreed I had to lose at yesterday’s check-up! At a certain point “I” would have said that “I” was “awake” or “enlightened’ or something of that sort. I’d have talked about a book I wrote some years ago, my website, my work helping other people to ‘wake up’ and my blogposts.
After this week, there’s a different understanding. There is supposedly a “physical being,” “living” on the “Earth” with certain “characteristics,” who inhabits a “body” in the “Immanent, Three-Dimensional construct” we call the ‘here and now.’ All the definitions of what or who “Jonathan Labman” is, however, are man-made ideas. The ‘story’ of who Jonathan is, is a series of memories that are strung together as if they’re somehow the ‘truth’ and form a ‘coherent narrative’ of ‘Jonathan’s life.’ It only takes asking my siblings what really happened, to find out there is no such thing as one coherent narrative: everyone’s memories of what happened are different. So even the story arising in “Jonathan’s” own mind isn’t Truth, with a capital “T.”
All of the ‘story of who and what Jonathan is’ is composed of words that are vague representations of a Mystery. They are not “Reality.” “Jonathan” is more accurately a “mystery.” Also, the idea that anyone named “Jonathan” is now “awake” or “enlightened” is another set of constructs or ideas. There is no way to prove that in general, or to prove it to “anyone else” in particular. As a result, in my last blogpost I wrote about this ‘little mystery’ being part of the ‘Big Mystery.’ That’s the best I can do now to accurately answer the question of who or what Jonathan Labman is. After 47 years on an active spiritual path, the current answer is: “a Mystery.”