I am deeply troubled by so much divisiveness, intolerance,
lack of compassion and common decency, and the disrespect for the sanctity of life
that I am seeing on a daily basis.
It doesn’t matter on which side of the political divide you are on, when we devolve into violence and destructive behavior fueled by our anger, judgment, hatred, feelings of inequality, etc. we lose touch with our own humanity.
I have long been a fan of Wayne Dyer. He introduced me to the concepts of unity consciousness years ago and I have long appreciated his wisdom. Below I’m sharing some of his thoughts on Unity Consciousness from his blog page. I hope you also come to appreciate his wisdom. (I’ve made a few changes to the original and have put them in parenthesis.)
I have also included a simple Meditation for Times of Chaos below.
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 be 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.
MEDITATION FOR TIMES OF CHAOS
If you find that you are frequently pulled into the abyss of fear, judgement, anger, chaos, and a sense of helplessness, then try this meditation.
- Sit in a quiet place
- Calm yourself by focusing on your breath – breathing in through your nose and deep into your diaphragm
- Exhale slowly through your mouth
- Allow yourself to quiet down into a state of greater inner peace
- With each exhalation say one of these words: PEACE, LOVE, LIGHT
- Repeat for 5 minutes or more
I have been practicing this simple meditation and it is helping me to stay more calm and grounded with a greater sense of control over my life. When we are able to maintain a sense of inner peace then we can hear our own inner wisdom that will guide us on how to live each day from a place of greater love, understanding, and compassion.
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