In todays world, we are well acquainted with violence, persecution and condemnation. There seems to be an endless list of problems ‘out there’ and with other people, but what about ourselves? The personal ‘I’, the most intimate in our experience, is the last one we question.
From this ‘I’ we are firing bullets of anger, judgement, arrogance, fear, and so on. They ricochet across the board and harm people we don’t even know everyday. Friends and family get shot point blank.
Behind these weapons are people at odds with themselves who believe in a sense of separateness, lack, but must be strong to survive. Vulnerability and emotion should not be exposed, they should be suppressed instead to ‘keep calm and carry on’. This is how we blow up with bombs of discontent and sometimes take our own life.
We are in search for perfection because we feel that we aren’t.
This kind of war is fought everyday on the battlefield, in homes or in the burning privacy of our own mind. Yet they all originate from the same cause.
Take a breath and look around. Through the senses, it’s reasonable to assume that we are the body. However, when we feel our body, a self image appears in the mind about what that body is. This is the first impression or concept that we cherish and call ‘me’.
This personal identity is then shaped by culture, tradition and past, creating a unique perception of the world. This is how we know the immense diversity of the human kingdom, alongside mother nature.
The only difference with humans is that somehow we miss that each unique being comes from the same source. A source which isn’t billions of years ago in time but right here, right now.
What eclipses this seeing? The power of belief that this ‘Me’ is different than ‘You’. I am this body, you are that body. I am right, you are wrong. My God, Your God. My theory against yours. Push and pull.
This is how wars start.
Each time, the drama is in relation to each person’s ‘I’.
What is ‘I’?
‘I’ is the source, ‘I’ is consciousness. ‘I’ is how you know you exist. You are consciousness that has manifest as a human being. The formless into form.
But when you the infinite consciousness identify strongly with the body and mind, there appears to be a divine ‘forgetting’. With utterances of “I think therefore, I am”, amnesia sets in and you believe that you are only the form and will die with the body, which is the root of fear.
This is why there’s a heavy emphasis on information because intellectual understanding gives us a sense of security. This is why we fight for our Gods because we are afraid of death and religion makes us feel better about the unknown. We have been fighting on these grounds a long time.
If we want peace, we must go in. Demilitarisation starts with ourselves.
Recognise that the personal self who is always in flux, is seen by a stable and unchanging awareness already in you.
Any division in formless Awareness?
Any trouble? Any conflict?
Even time is a movement seen. Our Being is only ever Now.
Look for the personal ‘I’ again, from the vantage point of awareness. It is just an idea, an image, a form. Form is not seeing another form. What is aware of both? It has to be the formless in you.
Any individual identity in the formless?
When this is somehow clear, then even the ego can’t be put on trial because it doesn’t exist in any true way. It is merely an idea. Everybody is different and beautiful but at the core One.
This understanding they call Grace. The perfection inside and outside is seen, as expressions of the One that we are.
A paradox I know, but a Divine paradox.
In this way, we can find the Utopia of this world together.