This is clearly the personal, identified self, just as we are, that is adressing the "I am". Prior to the "I am", notions of bondage and freedom were absent. Suddenly, we found ourselves as a needy dependent self. In addressing our "I am", we look towards the only possible exit from our personal hell. We discover what we thought we were was incorrect and limited. The "I am" rests here and now as our most obvious escape to freedom. Externals offer nothing now.