We take ourselves to be an entity, a person who did not exist, who came into existence, and is heading for the end of existence again. That person is contained within this body, with a little radio transmitter called thought, chattering all the time, interacting with other unfortunate bodies, all together in this one large and doomed existence. We're all trying our best to make the most of it, trying to push to the back burner, the fact that our ultimate end is certain.
We're like the snowflake, which comes into existence with brilliance, floats gracefully down and then perishes. And while the snowflake is here, it's unique, and beautiful.
But the snowflake is only a manifestation - an appearance. It is formed from water - water is in liquid form, it is evaporated and becomes moisture in the air. That moisture freezes and becomes ice. That little formation takes shape in unique ways, comes down large and small. Once again it melts back into water.
The essence of that manifestation, that appearance, is only water. Water is never lost - it only changes form. It appears as a snowflake, a raindrop, a mist of fog, a pond or the ocean.
Yet the very essence never changes.
You take yourself to be the snowflake but miss your true essence as water. You take yourself to be the individual person, born only to later die. In fact you are the very essence, the one intelligence, the Being of beings, the very nature of existence itself.
What you are, in essence, was never born and cannot die. What you are, in essence, is all "things" - the very form and function of the body, mind, and world, which seem to come into existence, hang around a while, and pass on. Their existence is dependent on you.
You are the source. You appear in infinite, unique and wonderful ways.