Is the Idea of "being separate" Serving You
What we have created individually and collectively is a world
where we believe we are each a separate entity from one another and separate
from the very planet that sustains us. Because we believe we are separate, we go
by the philosophy of “I have to look out for myself,” therefore, I will do
whatever it takes to ensure I have enough of whatever I desire. If my desires
impinge on your needs, my desires take precedence, because I am better than you.
That is how our world is run today. We believe in a system that says I can go
outside myself into the physical world and do the things it takes to provide me
with the possessions that I lack to make my life better and make me happy.
For all too many of us this system does not work. Material possessions and being
better does not seem to bring us inner peace and happiness. These concepts are
elusive when you try to achieve them by going outside yourself into the physical
Think about this: Inner peace. Just the very sound of it tells us where to go.
You can't find it outside of yourself; you have to go inside. You have to go to
your inner source. The source that gives all of us unbelievable resources,
strength and guidance is present in all of us to use on our life journey. We
need merely go inside ourselves to find it.
The key is to go inside yourself and reconnect with your spirit. You see, we are
all made up as a three-part being; mind, body and spirit. We are born into this
world in perfect balance. We have no needs except for our beautiful mothers to
nurture us. As we begin learning the ways of our journey we try to live in this
balance. But when we encounter the external world, we find that our parents,
teachers, and friends, with the best of intentions, impart on us their
interpretations of this physical world, along with all their rules and
expectations. The spiritual side of us does not conform to these external
parameters, but eventually we prioritize our lives around the external rules and
expectations placed upon us by others and begin to lose the balance of our
spirit in our day-to-day living. We become more and more controlled by the mind
and the body.
So the mind, controlled largely by the ego, and the body, which we identify as
our entity, are subject to the physical world with the total ability to create
and adapt to it as we like; that is, with “free will.” And adapt we do. We buy
into the separation mentality that says, “My body and existence is different and
separate from yours, and so I must do what is best for me.”
Only by bringing the spirit back into the equation to create a balanced
mind-body-spirit being do we come to understand that we are not separate at all,
but that we are all one. Because we are “one,” what we do to another, we do to
ourselves. It is the wonderful “golden rule” that we all know, but which we
rarely live by: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Wow! Can you imagine what our world would be like if we actually lived by the
Golden Rule? You can't live by the golden rule if you think that you are
separate from everyone else. Only within the paradigm of oneness can the concept
of the golden rule be achieved. This is what “Nuts and Bolts Spirituality” is
When you change the way you live your life you begin to influence others in the
way they live their lives. It is in this conscious change that we collectively
influence how the human race evolves.
We are at a crossroads on this planet. We have created the ability to make this
planet unlivable to the human life form. If we continue down the path that we
are on now we could see this happen in the not too distant future. Our present
belief system has taken us to this point in our existence. Only a change in our
belief system will determine whether we will continue on a path of destruction
or allow us to follow another path toward a more enlightened existence.
You are totally at choice as to which belief system serves you. You can believe
that you are separate from all things or you can believe that you are one with
all things. You are always at choice in what you believe and how you create your
life. Nothing has changed. The key is to be aware of and understand “what serves
you,” and “what does not serve you.” It is then up to you to create your life by
making conscious choices as to what serves you best.
The choice is yours. It always has been and always will be.
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