Grotto Waterfall at Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Do you sometimes sense your essence extending beyond your skin? Does spending time in nature or seeing and sensing great beauty expand your awareness and quiet your mental chatter? Many of us are searching for relief from the incessant thoughts in our heads. We want inner peace and calm and have forgotten the simple wonder and aliveness we felt as children before we learned to name, label, and claim what we perceive through our senses.
Nearly all of us believe we mature into adults. What occurs, unbeknownst to us, is we are taught by society, family, educators, and organized religion to maintain a separate sense of self…what I refer to as the Identity Trap. This trap is the widely-held belief that “I am appearing as a separate person in a world of other separate persons.” Very few ever question this belief. And this one false belief of being separate sets the stage for creating a personal me at the center of reality looking out upon a solid and lasting world of others, things, and places.
Modern science however embraces oneness/unicity…
“You realize that you’re not who you thought you were. You’re not even a human being. You just happen to be watching one. You will begin to have deep experiences within your own center of consciousness. These will be deep, intuitive experiences of the true nature of Self. You will find that you are tremendously expansive. When you start to explore consciousness instead of form, you realize that your consciousness only appears to be small and limited because you are focusing on small and limited objects.”
Are you able to suspend your doubts, if only briefly, and open to the possibility that Jesus the Christ, the Buddha, St.Teresa of Avila, Rumi, and other sages were not teaching separation of energy into individual bodies, but that energy is edgeless, infinite, and perfect…as it is here, now…regardless of what seems to be appearing.
Personal suffering is optional when seen in this light. Mere words and language will never adequately describe what is beyond a relative view or perspective of life since nearly all language is relative. Music, art, dance, and poetry come closer to describing the elusive and fleeting nature of what is seeming to appear than mere words can ever communicate.
What is appearing cannot be reduced to a simple “subject and object” relationship as is required by speaking and writing most relative based languages. The appearance of the body and breath are the invisible door to perceiving this seamless, edgeless, oneness…which is here, now, as this perfect moment, this infinite, edgeless reality.