Society has been wrong about one fundamental idea which has polluted our entire consciousness—this idea that we are separate.
We have been hijacked by left-brain analysis and domination, taught to tick boxes, and fulfill obligations, follow order and suppress creativity.
It’s time to end our left-brain-centered thinking and open ourselves to new pathways of expression, in essence, surrendering to the imagination. Moreover, our estrangement from each other is a barrier to self-discovery and the evolution of society.
We have been taught to think in terms of limitation. It’s time for limitlessness to be reintroduced into our thinking.
“Do you think you can take over the
universe and improve it?
I do not believe it can be done.
The universe is sacred.
You cannot improve it.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it.
If you try to hold it, you will lose it.”
~ Tao Te Ching, 29
Before receiving, there must be giving and before giving, there must be receiving. Perception guides how we interpret Nature, yet Nature’s boundless complexity persists despite our judgements. At its unknowing core, nature is giving and receiving, infinitely pliable.
From Nature, we can learn the power of infinite flexibility. To live forever we need to be infinitely adaptable.
“The softest thing in the universe
Overcomes the hardest thing in the universe.
That without substance can enter where there is no room.
Hence I know the value of non-action.
Force is followed by loss of strength.
This is not the way of Tao.
Being is born of not being.
Soft and weak overcome hard and strong.
Yielding is the way of the Tao.”
~ Tao Te Ching, 30, 36, 40, 43
At our core, we are nature, so why have we let ourselves be ruled by rules, judgments, analysis, critiques, old-fashioned science and limitation?
Yielding has all to do with letting go. This means letting go of our perceived limitations, as well as letting go of swimming uphill, as well as letting go of anger, letting go of jealousy, letting go of idleness, letting go of outdated ideas, perpetual letting go.
How we limit ourselves.
Many of us are living lives of quiet limitation. Not only do we limit what we can achieve as individuals and as a collective, we also limit how we see the world and our resultant ability to experience the world. Limitation colours our perspective. We’d rather stick to seeing the world through “safe” eyes and not rock the boat too much. We are perennial under-achievers.
“What is terrible is not death but the lives people live or don’t live up until their death.”
~ Charles Bukowski
We see ourselves as separate and it suits us that way. It makes us feel comfortable.
We like the perceived safety of the “laager” (a camp or encampment formed by a circle of wagons). This mentality restricts our quality of life. It is based on a lie that cannot continue to be perpetuated indefinitely. It prevents us from reaching out to our neighbours, across borders, yet it is also symbolic of what we do to our inner world, for our outer world reflects our inner world. Borders are imaginary; they only exist because we create them.
Our perceived differences are the greatest illusion that exists.
We are all the same flesh and blood, made from the same cosmic particles. The differences we highlight are an illusion.
It is only that which we focus on that makes us seem different, if we really knew what we were, we wouldn’t see ourselves as separate any more. We are connected, part of the one cosmic awakening, part of the divine dance of creation.
“We are all on the same path… Our separation from each other is an illusion of consciousness.”
~ Albert Einstein
This grand illusory cosmic dance of the imagination is exciting beyond compare, liberating beyond belief, and ultimately it will be humanity’s salvation.
First, we will have to explode the fears and myths that imprison our minds and hold our souls captive.
Most people are taught to see the world in terms of limitation and outdated definitions that place everything neatly into little boxes.
Is there such a thing as an objective reality? Perhaps the whole world is a dream or a dance of consciousness dreaming itself alive?
Perhaps everything we perceive is merely imagination. This shouldn’t be a deterrent—our weakness is in believing we are rational and that our strength is in reason. Even the brilliant scientist Einstein knew this when he posited that “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
So it is the world of imagination that really conceives of our reality construct. It is our imagination that dreams our perception of the world into being. In choosing to pollute our world, we have distorted our reality. It has placed a cloud on the prism of our consciousness.
We place up walls up on our consciousness which imprison us and go against Nature’s ways.
We are holding on to things that need to be let go of and released. Society has created left-brained order which has outgrown itself and become imprisonment. It’s time to let go.
“In the pursuit of learning,
every day something is acquired.
In the pursuit of Tao,
every day something is dropped.”
~ Tao Te Ching, 48
Loving what appears before us (reality as we see it) is a process and sometimes can be very challenging; it’s not always blissful, or at least not immediately so.
It is through cultivating a compassionate and accepting heart, that we develop these feelings and qualities within our souls. Then we end up discovering that it was there all along and really, we were just coming home to ourselves.
We often experience a gap between what our head is telling us, and what our heart says. Most often, the more we follow our heads, the more we suffer.
The degree to which we can let go of needing to know how, is the degree to which we are able to liberate ourselves to “let go and let God.”
Life cannot be forced.
We suffer when we try too hard.
Moreover, this thing called “life” is the greatest possible journey of awareness we can go on.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
~ T.S. Eliot
Just for today: follow your heart—and go with the flow…
Let go and let God!
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Editor: Catherine Monkman
Photos: Courtesy of Author