As nature illustrates, there are countless varieties of trees. They are all distinct, indigenous, adaptable and wide-ranging but they are all a part of the one collective known as tree, each with root systems and a single stem or trunk. Trees do not judge other trees.
As anatomy and physiology illustrate, there are innumerable varieties of people. We are distinct, culturally indigenous, adaptable and wide-ranging but we are all a part of the one collective known as people, each with compatible internal organs such as lungs that breathe in the same rhythmic pattern of inhale and exhale. Yet, people judge people. People hate people. People kill people.
Oh, to be as wise as trees.
We are straddling two worlds. Our divinity is a pure, untainted world of infinite resource, creativity and perpetual harmony. Our humanity is a world of flawed variables where many sleepwalk in a well-trodden path of forgetfulness. Call these worlds heaven and earth, our task is to recognize these worlds as scales of consciousness and balance the nature of the divine with our human existence. We are here to reveal the mindset of heaven on earth.
Throughout recorded history, we’ve battled one another. The fearful instigating that preceded all warring was ignorance. In not understanding the spiritual principle that only one expression of creation, one mind exists, we continually cloud our ability to see truth, to realize plentitude and to embrace the varying expressions of our oneness.
To expect a positive shift in systemic issues without first changing the consciousness within our selves that birthed these issues will result in a perpetual failure of intent.
Albert Einstein addressed this predicament in a rare correspondence to a grieving father seeking solace for the death of his son.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
Yes, we all play a part in the perpetuation of delusion and generational bigotry. The immediate question to ask ourselves is, “To what degree am I devoted to freeing myself from this cycle of delusion?”
My current ignorance concerning many things must be a yielding energy towards an honest desire to understand. Others may have no intent to learn of anything beyond the realm of their current belief system. They will maintain their position as unquestioningly right and by doing so, remain locked in a level of impenetrable ignorance. Both spectrums are a part of the collective human ignorance for which I must be willing to share responsibility. Regardless of the actions of others, I can never stall or vacillate from my commitment to expose my delusions of separateness no matter how sobering the search or how lonely the journey.
If I invite that consciousness of heaven into my earthly existence, I must let it heal my false perceptions of ‘us and them.’ I must let it heal me of my belief in lack and the need to territorialize my good. I must let it expose my prejudices and fears into the light of transformation so that I can dissolve them of meaning.
If I vow to be the walking instrument of heaven on earth, then I now love my brother and my sister. I now kiss the earth with reverence and share my good freely. As heaven, I now take visionary action in the seas of hell, by feeding, clothing, advocating and teaching those who have yet to realize they are inherent heaven vessels themselves.
I do not wait for others to join me. I begin honoring it all in the inhale of this now moment.
For Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
*The title shows a period after Philando.
The period contains the prayer for the finality of hate.