Originally Posted by youngnostic
For instance, when you say the personal pronoun I are you referring to your body?
My perspective is that we are each a point of individualised consciousness resting in the wider circle of our Being.
Does that point of consciousness identify with Being?
Or does that point of consciousness identify with itself as Consciousness?
Or does that point of consciousness identify with a particular personality expressing itself through a separate physical body?
Our sense of "I" will vary according to what we identify with.
Ramana Maharshi advocated Self-enquiry - when we hold our attention on the sense of "I" and ask ourselves "Who am I?" then we discover that there is no "I", there is only awareness.
At the same time, it is good to be simple and practical. Even if we identify with Being, it is easiest in everyday life just to use the word "I" in the usual sense.
There may be non-dualists who pounce on any use of the word "I" as showing that we are still caught in the duality of "I" and "not-I". My opinion is that if we have realised non-duality then we can use any words we like - it really does not matter.