I am one of the things I perceive.
Here are some examples of what I'm not... I'm not my eyes, I'm not my ears, I'm not my sight or hearing. I'm not my fingers, I'm not my arms. I'm not my body. I'm not my brain or my heart. I use all of those, but I'm not those. The soul is the sun by which the body is illumined.
This information is based on a relatively modern understanding of childhood psychological development.Instead of allowing the images to remain split into their good and bad components, the child learns to repress the negative aspects into the unconscious. Personality development depends on repression because the drives and feelings that are repressed enter the unconscious for sublimation. They become the raw material for creativity, the pool of energy that fuels our desires to become doctors, lawyers, mothers, fathers. If a person can't repress, he or she can't sublimate because there isn't the psychic energy to respond to life in creative and successful ways.