Dr John McGraw
The Co-Essential Self

Mesoamerican cosmologies have developed ideas about self using change-in-time as the principal orienting framework. These approaches veer away from substance ontologies and conceive existence as a phenomenon of temporal organization. The chief consequence of this arrangement is the continuity between human beings-in-time and other living and non-living entities. One’s character and destiny are of a kind with specific animals, meteorological phenomena, places, and objects. The qualities of the timed world and the qualities of the person are one and the same. Understanding oneself, one’s role, and living well results from properly orienting oneself to this metaphysical order by embracing one’s “co-essence.”