Hello there. I have been hopping around back and forth from different places all year, and finally I have caught my breath, back here, in a basement flat in San Francisco, California. This month I have been writing about and trying to wrap my brain about the notion of “oneness”.
We’ve heard that phrase so much that its practically lost all meaning. What does it really mean? That we’re just like a big blob of jello bouncing around in unanimous sameness? No, I think that’s what they call death.
We are obviously separate people living separate lives in separate countries thinking separate thoughts and having quite distinct and separate experiences. Right? Well, yes, but not exactly. That’s just what appears to be happening from a certain perspective. We exist at so many different levels. From the macro to the micro. So, there are many viewing points to perceive what we call reality. And at the playing field level, a term I learned from Robert Scheinfeld, its very dense and heavy. Its the surface of life, the crust, where everything is intense, loud, and in your face. Imagine being on the grass at the 50 yard line, or on the corner of a large and busy intersection, or even in the middle of an anti war rally…. Its about the emotinality, the physical and mechanical churning. We all know it and live it everyday. But it is just one view.
Take a few steps up, or inside, into the interior realms of perception, and everything shifts. When you move from the field and up into the bleachers, what do you see? When you look out of the 6th floor window, what do you see? You start to notice what is happening. You star to see it in a way you never thought possible. You begin to notice the orchestration and choreography of the moment. The whole movement and design of the game…
And you can keep going higher and higher up into the sky box, or on the top of the tallest building. The perspective keeps expanding and your view of what is really happening transforms to include more, and more. Here is where you start to see the magnificence of everything. You see the perfection of the dance going on perpetually and symbiotically…
Have you ever really pondered the question,”Who am I?”, or “What am I?”…. To really answer these questions a certain amount of stillness and focused engagement with what is “now” needs to be entertained, felt and then explored.
The philosophy of oneness and non-duality is something I have always felt to be true in a spiritual sense. But in terms of having practical value in the day to day interaction and definition of this and that, you and me, here and there, now are then, it seems to get lost and buried miles below the surface.
We are too busy living with what they call the conditioned perspective of “ordinary” reality. We experience an apparent continuity to life because our sense of I-ness comes from our identification as a reflection in our memory. And who you are then becomes a pattern of habits, which are memories… But that is of course, not the whole truth.
“Why would it even matter if we were one or not?” The duality of this particular reality is not going to change, or go away, its pretty much the nature of the game. Right? Yes. But your perspective and interpretation of reality is a powerful creative beckoning that is often overlooked. Its a philosophy and perspective that has the possibility to completely transform and revolutionize how we see, interpret, and interact.
Why not just suspend our “disbelief” for a moment and open ourselves up to what science is discovering?: “Connectivity among all things is the basic constituent of the fabric of reality” ~Dean Radin.
How does that make you feel? It comes down to a question of power. When I open myself up to this connectivity, I no longer feel helpless and alone. I actually have the creative power to effect and influence all of what is around me. That alone is reason enough to take a leap into what it would mean to “pratice your perfection”.
Here is a little meditation exercise. Sit in a comfortable chair or in a meditation posture. Close your eyes, and immediately come to your breath. Feel the air as something that is not separate from you. It is around you, comes in through your nose, exchanges and transforms elements into your body, and continues with your exhale into the universe…. Feel and imagine your awareness expanding with your breath. You begin to sense your “boundaries” increase in circumference. You expand into feeling the entire room that you are in, as part of you, just like the air coming in and out of your lungs…
And continue, as you include your entire house, your block, your city, your country, and the entire planet. You are a transparent outline in a sea of energy that is freely passing through and around you. Your energetic atmosphere continues to expand to include our entire solar system, and all other solar systems until you feel the entire universe within you…. In this state, all that you are is perfect. There are no judgments, no boundaries, no limits… There is only a flow of energy, just like your breath, flowing in and around you, to include all of everything that is….
Sit in this feeling for as long as you like, and slowly come back to you, in your chair, or on your pillow, breathing, taking it all in. Open your eyes and notice if you feel any differently about who and what you are. I hope you liked this. Please let me know if anything came up for you. Take care and enjoy “practicing your perfection”.