26 Oct The Sun Does Not Play Hide and Seek – October 27 2018
Posted at 17:08h in Daily Thoughts
The Absolute Reality of the Self is the manifestation of God as the very core of one’s existence… By analogy, the sun does not play hide-and-seek when the clouds of the ego’s beliefs are swept away. It is discovered that the sun has been shining all along. Its light and warmth radiate because that is the sun’s innate, intrinsic essence and quality.
David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.,
I: Reality and Subjectivity
We are individuality. And we are Totality. We are personality and we are nature. Wave and ocean. The world of activity and the world of Being.
When I identify as individuality and personality, I see everything that happens as in some way a comment on me. If I catch your eye and you give me a pained look, it doesn’t even occur to me that you may be having heartache or heartburn. I think I’ve done something wrong, or there’s something wrong with you. I am driven by self-centered fear. Now I am defined by this ‘problem’ and in order to be okay, I will have to fix it either by changing your thoughts and feelings about me, or by changing my own thoughts and feelings about you, or about myself.
When I identify as the place of Being, I can see you as simply another expression of Being. I can see the subtlety of your expression as a report of what’s going on with you, rather than how you feel about me. It will not matter how you feel about me. I will not need you to define me, because I am fully defined by what I know to be the truth of myself deep inside. Problems will disappear before they even form, because in the place of Being, everything is perfectly what it is at every given moment.
This is not as esoteric as it may sound. We all have the option in every moment to choose which identity we will behave from.
There is a beautiful example of this in the rooms of Alcoholics Anonymous. The power of this twelve-step program is based in the singleness of purpose of the members of the program. All that matters is that everyone is trying to stay sober today. There is an acceptance of anyone and everyone, so long as they are willing at least to lend lip service to this common goal. The result is that a field of unconditional love is formed, in spite of the broken nature of the personalities involved, and all things that may work against this field of unconditional love are at least momentarily set aside. It is this field of unconditional love that lends alcoholics the ability to not drink, something that on their own was not possible. This is the ‘power greater than oneself’ that is necessary to overcome the power of the substance of alcohol.
This singleness of purpose is such a precious (as well as life or death) commodity that discussions of religion and politics, those subjects that can be most fraught with the danger of separation via difference of opinion, are by general consensus commonly avoided. People of wildly disparate political and/or religious views behave as brothers and sisters without ever a thought as to their differences. Of course judgment of others abounds, as it does in any gathering of humans, but it is not lent any credence. It is, in effect and in actuality, trumped every time by the common intention of everyone involved, and so the opportunity to heal remains available to anyone and everyone who chooses to seek it out.
We, too, always have this as an option. At any time we have the power to set aside our individuality and embrace our unity. This field of unconditional love and the possibility of miracles always is awaiting us. It is in fact what we are in our deepest self. We simply must be willing to let go of the ideas of separation that stand in the way of our experience of it.
Today I will behave as if I love everyone around me, as if everyone around me has at least the potential to love me, and I will assume goodwill from all, myself included. When interacting with my fellows, I will try to see where we may come together, rather than why I should stay away.
Sunset, Block Island, Rhode Island
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