Whether we view things from a spiritual or psychological point of view, who we are finds its home – however temporary – in the neurological pathways laid down from years of busy brain activity.
I respond to certain familiar sensations in my tummy by getting up, as I have done so many times before, and going to the fridge to look for something to eat. I don’t discover all over again how to interpret these sensations in my tummy. I don’t have to figure out how to walk again. I don’t have to look through the whole house to find the room in which the refridgerator is located. I know what these sensations mean. I know how to walk. I know this house like the back of my hand. I don’t have to give much thought to any of these dimensions of my experience. I just get up and head to the kitchen and see what’s there.
This is true for much of life. What we do is based upon what we have done.