Showing posts with label Unity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Unity. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Rumi, Einstein and Thich Nhat Hanh

All of the words I can string together regarding unity are summed up by these three masters:

Unification through honesty

Our transgressions are never against our enemies but against the whole of humanity. When we sow discord, hatred and discrimination, or by creating blocks towards progress in an attempt to be "right;" we fail ourselves, each other and the whole. As we are successful at this strategy, we create more separation.

The only way forward is to admit our wrong doing. We must come back to the conversation and honestly admit our failure to embrace each other and our differences. If our dialog is honest and sincere, healing can begin. Through honest and deep conversation, the bonds that unite our hearts and minds are acknowledged, felt and restored. With healing comes power and creativity and progress.

We need to come back to the table, sane and willing to think and work and debate the important ideas and solve the incredible obstacles which stand before us. We need each other's perspective and love of our planet. In this new world we need each other. We may possibly never fully agree except on the fact that we are all here together. But we do not have to fully agree, we simply must respect each other, have compassion for one another and agree to come to the table open minded and willing to work it through. We must find a way to disagree together without demonizing each other.

And we must be brave enough to be open and vulnerable with each other. Our conversation must be from the heart, for only from the heart can we recognize each other and in that recognition, begin to heal. If we can do that, we can turn the corner together. We can create peace and prosperity for each other and the planet. United we move forward.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

We don't need to agree; we need to learn how to disagree

Every time I stumble upon this truth I am stuck by how profound it is and how completely we forget it. I don't have to agree with you. I don't ever have to agree with you. But if I could disagree with you and still treat you with tolerance, respect and compassion, our world would change. 

Instead we feel threatened. Somehow we think your beliefs and ideas will weaken, invalidate or threaten mine. Once we have gone down that road, it is not hard to take the next step: 'your very existence threatens me.' Intolerance, unhappiness, violence and war is the result.

But if I could acknowledge our bond and give up on the idea that you have to agree with me to substantiate me and my ideas, then I can move into a new space of creativity, respect, and peace. 
Duality, right and wrong, black and white are not really part of the natural world. These are constructs that humanity has created. We have to move past duality to unity. Unity does not mean we agree, it means we are okay to disagree. Unity is when we celebrate our differences and the strength and power that comes from bringing those differences, whether the color of our skin or the disparity of our ideas, together! Unity is our future, duality our past. Let the example of the diversity of nature beatify your world. The verse says to "Love thy neighbor as thyself."There is no mention of agreeing with thy neighbor.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Acknowledging Wholeness

When we walk around feeling lonely and disconnected our perceptions are misaligned with reality. When we treat others poorly or with even disregard we are blind to the connection that lies between us and the missed opportunity to acknowledge that connection. When we sling arrows of hatred and discontent towards our fellow human beings we trample on the very essence of that connection and the hope for peace in our future. It is okay to point out ideas and behaviors that are not desirable or fair or wholesome. But we must not personally attack our fellows, for when we do we stall our collective efforts to foster peace and our momentum in creating a better future.   

Orland Bishop, who works to foster peace among some of the most violent gangs populations in the US, traveled to Africa and studied the Zulu tribe. The Zulu consider themselves a collective, and perceive themselves as "we" versus a group of "I's." This acknowledgement of we "brings us into a relational space - a shared space- with another and within the community." "This shared space is seen as a sanctuary where each person can be seen, heard and understood." In these moments of sanctuary we can discover "shared meaning" and find our common humanity. 

If we can acknowledge that there is a connection, a bond between us, we can begin to see each other differently. If we can perceive the "quality of each other" (Bishop) we can begin to allow, create and acknowledge moments of connection. This is the "moments in the bonds where difference doesn't matter." Once we can acknowledge the unity in and between ourselves and everyone else and everything else on the planet, we begin to see, feel and behave differently. "By removing a self-serving aim from the relationship, we stop fighting nature and surrender to our natural impulse toward holism." (McTaggert, The Bond)

This does not mean that we will always agree with each other. This does not mean that it will always be easy. But if we can begin to acknowledge that there is a connection, a shared space, a potential sanctuary between us that binds us, we can begin to allow and reserve those spaces for true connection. As we do this, we are on our way to discovering peace in ourselves and in our world.

Orland Bishop, The ShadeTree Foundation (

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The 100th Human

The 100th human affect (modeled after the 100th monkey effect) is a phenomenon in which behavior or thoughts spread rapidly from one person to another, or from one group to another, disregarding the distance between the two. It refers to an instantaneous shifting of ideas after a critical mass of people have adopted the idea. The 100th human is a representative number of the person who tips the whole in one direction or another. But the lead up to such tipping points can take a long time and can be very tumultuous.

In the mechanical world and in Newtonian physics a instantaneous shifting of ideas in the representative whole of people is impossible. But in the Quantum world it is not only possible, but probably. The deeper we look into the nature of reality the more we realize that there is no separation between things; we are all part of the same quantum field. 

But if we are all part of the same mass and we seem to be all pulling in multiple directions how do we ever make progress? The answer comes when we begin to reach consensus. When enough people believed that slavery was wrong, it began to fall apart. The end and rebirth of ideas often takes disagreement, and turmoil between those who agree and disagree. But when there is a critical mass shift in consciousness, when enough people get it, when the tide changes, everything begins to change. This is the way it is, this is the way it must be. 

Slavery in the western world is abolished. Inter-racial relationships are no longer illegal. Women are equal citizens. Soon no matter who you love, you will be free to marry. And very, very soon we will not debate whether climate change is real, but rather how to thwart it's effects on our civilization. I believe Hurricane Sandy provided the tipping point and now too many people have the idea, critical mass is being achieved and change is coming.

Spiritually we can also work to achieve a critical mass in thinking and being. We can shift to a higher, kinder, more understanding and compassionate and conscious people. It is happening. We are each the 100th human, that final critical being that breaks the bonds of suffering and makes these ideas more available to the rest of the planet. The rest of the whole. Today, choose to smile, be kind and positive. You have an effect. You are the 100th human.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Not so subtle signals

"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. " Mother Teresa

Studies of animal life and indigenous cultures during some of the most devastating disasters, even the deadly tsunamis in the last few years, show surprisingly little loss in life. Somehow the animal kingdom and the natives know long before a tsunami is about to hit and are able to evacuate to higher ground. When scientists ask the natives of various islands how they knew danger was coming, they respond that it was obvious. They are able to recognize the subtle signals from the environment and earth and react accordingly.

In our modern society, we feel so separate and disconnected from the earth, the natural environment and each other, we completely miss or dismiss the subtle signals. In fact, we are so ignorant of our membership in the whole, we dismiss even the most overt signals the earth can sends to us.

The day before hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, Hawaii received a tsunami warning and evacuated low lying areas due to an Earthquake of 7.7 in magnitude in British Columbia. The week after Sandy, a nor'easter hit the same disaster area along New Jersey and New York. The day after that storm hit there was a 7.5 Earthquake in Guatemala, killing more than 50 people so far.

These are not subtle signs from our environment, this is Mother Earth hitting us up side the head. And yet still there are those who would say that these are isolated incidents and if we are not directly affected, it really has nothing to do with us.

Some will see what is happening and fear will creep into their hearts and minds, but fear will paralyze or bring out the base qualities of humanity. Do not fear, move into action. Join, band and come together. Separation is a lie. Together we can survive and thrive even as we face major changes and upcoming difficulties.

We need to wake up to the fact that we are all connected and recognize that we are all part of the same environment. The alarms have sounded, we must all get to higher ground. I mean this figuratively although, if I lived in a flood plane, I'd move. Now is the time to make the necessary changes to move us away from the brink of further and catastrophic disaster. Now is the time to band together. Now is the time for kindness and compassion. Now is the time for prudence and to forestall our ravenous appetite for consumption and selfishness. Now is the time to recognize and acknowledge the signs and heed the warnings. Now is the time for Unity Consciousness.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

United States of America

In an election year, when States are colored either red or blue, and the airwaves are filled with derision, America seems anything but United. Each side is passionate about their issues, their candidates, their ideas. In truth it seems like the most divisible time for our nation.

If we allow ourselves to become cynical because of politics, we loose sight of what a privileged place America is. In this country we have the right to disagree, and we do so openly and passionately without killing one another. No matter how broken our system, over 118 million Americans went out to the polls to cast their vote for who would be the leaders of our country. This is a right and a privilege that many have died to give us. This is democracy. This is the power of the people and it worked.

But now that the election is over, now that the attack ads are done, now that the winners are declared, we MUST move on; we MUST Unite again.

For in our democracy we ARE ONE nation, filled with people from all nationalities and colors. We each have different ideas and agendas. We each have deep rooted beliefs and ideals. We should not forsake these. We simply must recognize that no matter our differences, the truth is we are still One nation, One people.

Let us vow to affirm our Unity, and to work together to make our nation, our system and our planet a better place for all. And finally, let us not forget that the United States of America is a member of a larger community: the inhabitants of the earth. We face tough times on our planet, we must work together to survive and thrive. Now is the time to be the United State of America!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

We are all made of the same stuff

We literally have the same subatomic particles in our cells that were in every other person on the planet. They travel to you and to me and around the whole earth entering and leaving every other person on the planet.

Our DNA is 99.9999% the same as everyone else’s DNA on this earth. We are the same far more than we are different. And yet it seems to be our differences that we get hung up on.

 We get obsessed with the outside appearance: color of skin, color of hair, shape of eyes or nose, height, width and general attractiveness. All of these are surface differences. We all love and learn, hurt and suffer, struggle and cry, laugh and smile, work and rest, live and die. We all were children and many of us grow up and become parents.

We all need to sleep and to eat and a shelter to protect us from the weather. We all need care when we are children and companionship when we are older. We all need work to busy our hands and rest to sooth our bodies and souls.

We all have blood flowing through our veins and oxygen flowing into our lungs. We all move around on the earth with feet or some times on wheels.

We are all sometimes vulnerable and sometimes impervious. We are sometimes weak and sometimes strong. We are all sometimes brave and sometimes not so brave. We are sometimes smart and sometimes dumb as a rock. We remember and we forget. We are right and we are wrong. We are okay and we are not okay. We are grateful and we want. We wander and we are on purpose. We talk and we are silent. We feel and we deny. We roam and we stay put.

In reality, everything that we dislike in the world we are also. And everything that we admire and aspire to become we are already inside.

So if we are all made of the same stuff and we each have and do the same things, we are not alone. We are never, ever, ever alone. We are together in this earthly adventure. What determines our experience in this adventure is how we see ourselves in the whole, how we embrace each other and what parts of ourselves we accept and which parts we focus on.

But no matter what, the truth is, we are all made of the same stuff.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Our most basic need is to connect

At birth we need to bond to our mother’s to live. During childhood our connection to family is essential to health and happiness. When we reach puberty and advance into our teens and early twenties, friends and community are vital components to our self worth, happiness and general wellness. The need to connect with others of like-mind and spirit never leaves us.

There have been many studies performed that show those that do not connect with others (family, friends, or community) have higher rates of disease, mental illness and suicide. We need each other: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Most of the time, we admit and understand this need. When we don’t we suffer.

We also need to connect to nature, especially in our current time where man-made environments dominate our lives. City dwellings, apartment living, concrete jungles can be devoid of nature and cause the inhabitants to suffer physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Aside from the general health benefits of connecting to nature; when we breathe fresh air, walk amongst the trees and stretch out our cells among this life-giving ecosystem, we can connect to who we really are. When can begin to remember two more very important connections: to self and to Self.

Connecting to self is connecting to our essential nature without the feedback loop the media, others, and the noise of life continually provides. When we walk out-doors we have time and space to remember our dreams and what is important to us.

When we connect to Self we walk in gratitude for all the blessings in our lives. When we connect to Self we remember the power within us to change and create and grow. When we connect with Self we find peace and love and fullness. When we connect with Self we discover the heart, soul and meaning to who we are and why we are here.

Acknowledge and cultivate your connections to each other, to the earth and nature, and to your inner self and Higher Self! Your health, happiness and survival depend upon it.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Separation is a lie

Separation is a lie

It is time that we open our minds to see the truth of reality. The truth is Consciousness is everything – no exceptions, and Separation is a terrible and deadly lie.

Consciousness is the field of life. It is the intelligence that breaths in and through every single thing and every being on the planet. Consciousness is the living breathing pulse of the Universe and everything in it. Consciousness is what has created us and moves through us in life and in death. Consciousness cannot die it is an eternal energy and intelligence that all things are created from. Consciousness is God.

Since Consciousness is everything – no exception, it is impossible to be separate from anything or anyone. We are all a part of the same whole of Consciousness. You and your sister are One. You and your neighbor are One. You and the homeless person down the street are One. You and your enemy are One.

This is not a popular notion. Our nation of rugged individualism insists that I am strong alone, I am my own person, I am separate from the. I can go my own way, make my own choices, live my life without thought of others. I need no one. But this is a lie. For as John Donne’s infamous poem reminds us:

No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thine own, Or of thine friend's were. Each man's death diminishes me, For I am involved in mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.”

This thinking, this separation in thought and action is the source of all violence and suffering. We would not move to harm or kill another if we realized that we are the same being, part of the same whole. We would honor one another. We would band together to help and support and thrive. Loneliness and the feelings of separation are at the core of much of our mental and physical illnesses. We suffer and die inside when we sever our ties to each other, to Consciousness, to the whole.

The reality is that we have only made it as a species on the planet because at our core, in our DNA, we are hard-wired to cooperate. We need to work together to survive. We need to communicate (to commune, to make common) with each other to thrive. And if we want to evolve further, we must learn that our ways of communication are antiquated. We must tap into the Consciousness that binds us, to heal and to elevate our conversation.

The next time you look at someone and begin to judge, stop. Think to yourself: “I am she, she is me, we are one!” Open your mind to the Consciousness that moves through you and your neighbor and find a way to commune. Begin to see the Bond between you and everyone around you.