22 Comments
  1. Machell 5 years ago

    Your timing is impeccable Dakota!!!!
    I’ve been asking myself this for a lifetime!
    For the longest time all the came out was, I DON’T KNOW, I DON’T KNOW , …….
    Got to a point when outside labels came to me then ran out, then it went to the natural world labels IE: water, tree, energy, … then there it was , I felt this HUGE sigh of relief, PEACEFUL, IN THE ABSOLUTE MOMENT wash over me then , DEAFENING SILENCE, NOTHING , SO BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Jennifer 5 years ago

    This was really difficult for me, as well. It really broke me down. At one point, I just started to cry, because I kept writing “I don’t know” in response to the question of “Who are you?”. I had flashbacks to when I was just starting out as an artist, and my business partner told me that I couldn’t possibly charge a fair price for my work, because even though it was beautiful, nobody knew who I was. “I mean, really – who are you?” is what she said to me. And then when I started doing some social media for a yoga studio I loved, I was signing the posts with my name, and the studio owner cut me down and said to stop doing that, because, “Nobody knows who you are – I mean, who are YOU?” And there have been other times in my life where I’ve been asked that question by someone trying to make a point to me about how worthless I am because nobody knows who I am. It really cut me down, all those years, and then to have to think about it in a whole different way was difficult for me. But I’m going to keep unpacking my labels and my beliefs and I’m going to keep asking myself, “Who are you?” but in a different light…

  3. Autumn 5 years ago

    Wow, that really brought up some emotions for me. It was after the defining self as spirit that I got to some big undercurrents. Very powerful and introspective.

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      Yes, defining self as spirit! Love it!

  4. Gillian 5 years ago

    Thank you. Beautiful opportunity for introspection. At the start it was challenging. Who am I? Indeed, who am I. The labels imposed externally and internally arose to flow out. But suddenly it wasn’t any of them. Who am I? I am you.

  5. Patti 5 years ago

    wow this was very painful, i really think I am to damagaed to be loved and a piece of shit, unworthy soul. wow so sad

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      If Slack were here Patti, he’d have a lot to say about what you just said! Can we re-frame this? This is a painful exercise, but necessary to begin polishing off the inner soul that is deep in there. Who you are at the core is brilliant, beautiful, and full of love. I think you know this, I think you are on the precipice of finding her too … And I will remind you over and over and over until you hear this!

  6. Robert 5 years ago

    Dakota, you mentioned presence a number of times which reasonated a Beatles song, Dear Prudence. Almost the same! I prefer the soundtracks version from Across the Universe.

    Thank you, very insightful!

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      I am going to look that song up RIGHT NOW! haha!

  7. Grace 5 years ago

    This was very awkward at first. The first thing that comes to mind to this question for me is I am love. Then I started unraveling all the roles but they didn’t quite seem to fit for how I view myself. I felt I was so much more than all those words. But I’ve not yet been able to clearly articulate what exactly that more is. I’ll revisit this many times as with the beliefs.

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      Sometimes the unpacking is just that – unpacking it and letting it all lie there until you are ready to re-pack it back up. No harm in that, just be with it and choose wisely when you do decide to re-pack.

  8. Gillian 5 years ago

    I found this quite uncomfortable, and I was unsure as to what constituted a label and what did not, so I just went with everything, and am still only part way through the list. Like Carol, I have found it very painful. I am sure at the end there will be a shift, a release of some kind, I am just waiting for it to happen. All my issues surrounding my feelings of worthlessness, not being good enough, self doubt, all that stuff, has come right up to the front now. I am not enjoying much at this stage.

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      This can be a very painful exercise, especially when we begin realizing so much of our identity is tied into how others perceive us or want us to be. But there is a shift that happens, it’s like having to dig through the heaping piles of laundry to find the one shirt at the bottom that fits you best and the one you like wearing the most. Keep pulling away the layers Gillian … you will unearth her.

  9. Marisse Gabrielle 5 years ago

    That was really nice. I felt like you were right there 🙂 I also had a similar experience to Hana. I felt the shift where the labels of who I was didn’t make sense in the vastness of who I REALLY am. Thank you. I feel like I’ll return to this and I’ll ask myself this question over and over when I feel confused or stuck.

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      This is a great question to wake up to each day. A bit like the quantum field we want to imprint – who am I today?

  10. April Doyle 5 years ago

    I need bookmarks for all these meditations & classes to re-take and absorb more or unpack more…

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      There is a lot of information to absorb … luckily, as a Wisdom Keeper, you will have a full year to digest!

  11. Carol Sloan 5 years ago

    This hurts, it really hurts I thought I knew who I was and why I am here and my purpose in life. I couldn’t stop crying, it feels as if I will never know, as if I will never be able to trust in people enough to take that final step into freedom. When Dakota started asking who are you over and over and over again I immediately went back in time to a place I didn’t want to be and in a time I did’t want to remember.

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      Carol, I know this process is sometimes painful. Think of it as the unlayering, the unfolding that must happen before you get to the seat of your soul. You are well on your way … be gentle with yourself.

  12. Hana Cechova 5 years ago

    I had very beautiful experience while doing this exercise. I was writing down all those labels and at one point I clearly felt how the energy shifted from my head to my heart and I started to feel more through my heart, there was a moment of peace and deep compassion and the only answer coming to the question “Who are you” was – I AM – and it was resonating in my heart. Thank you.

    • Dakota Walker 5 years ago

      I love this process, that moment you speak of is very palpable for most people. It’s like the moment the shields come down and you allow yourself to fall into that place of knowing. I’m so glad you experienced this!

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