Thoughts on Divisiveness and Intolerance
Recently I have severely limited my intake of news. It is too disturbing and divisive. Right, Left. Conservative, Liberal. Man, Woman. Caucasian, African, Asian, European, Mexican, South American – whatever YOUR genetic origin, place of birth, or color of YOUR skin, YOU are still part of humanity. We all breathe the same air, see through our eyes, hear through our ears, red blood flows in our veins, we need to eat with our mouths and digest food through our digestive system. Our secret longing is for peace, happiness, security, and freedom. We share so many similarities. We are all part of the Oneness.
I am troubled by so much divisiveness, intolerance and lack of compassion and common decency that I see on a daily basis.
I have long been a fan of Wayne Dyer. He introduced me to the concepts of manifesting and unity consciousness thinking about 18 years ago. I have read many of his books and have long appreciated his wisdom. I found this article on his blog page and wanted to share his thoughts with you. I hope you also come to appreciate his wisdom. (I’ve made a few of my own additions and have put them in parenthesis.)
One Indivisible Family
by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer
“No man is an island, entire of himself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main….”
John Donne, 1624
Are you familiar with these classic lines? Here seventeenth century metaphysical poet John Donne expresses the idea of oneness and unity consciousness. Ancient mystical wisdom tells us that in the garden of the mystics, distinctions such as I, you, he, she, and they do not exist. To reach a higher state of awareness and bliss in our lives, we must understand the truth of that first line, “no man (or woman) is an island.” That can happen only when our ego gets the message.
Our ego insists that we are separate from others and defined by where our boundaries stop and others start. Similarly, our ego tells us that we are separate from our environment and that we are here to sort of push it around as we desire. Yet mystical teachers and poets are always reminding us of our connectedness and the oneness of everything and everyone. We must look beneath the surface and beyond appearances to grasp the unity consciousness they speak of.
Imagine a wave or a drop of water considering itself apart from the ocean. It is weak when separated, but returned to its source it is as powerful as the ocean. Thinking of ourselves as separate from others, we lose the power of our Source and diminish the whole of humanity. When you see yourself as connected to everyone, you stop judging others and begin to see all of us connected to the same unseen silent life force.
Compassion becomes an automatic reaction when you see all of humanity as one undivided and indivisible family. Viewing all others as family members lets you feel more compassion and love toward them. John Donne’s words remind us that we all need each other.
Here are some unity consciousness ideas to practice:
- Stop viewing yourself as distant and apart on the basis of your geography, or your isolation from those who are struggling elsewhere. When you become aware of someone suffering on another shore, say a prayer for that person, and see if you can experience in your heart your oneness with that person.
- See (the Divine) in everyone and everything and behave each day as if (the Divine) in all things truly mattered. Try to suspend your judgments of those who are less peaceful, and less loving, and instead know that hatred and judgment are the problems in the first place.
- Use fewer labels that distinguish you from “them.” You are a citizen of the world and a member of the human family, and when you stop the labeling process you begin to see (the Divine) in every garden, every forest, every home, every creature, and every person, and inner peace will be your reward.
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