There is a huge drive towards shaking off the illusions under which humanity collectively labours, and tremendous efforts are being made in that direction globally. This trend warms my heart and is one of the things currently keeping me going...
Confusingly, though, there are as many interpretations of what 'awake' actually means as there are people using the term.
Nonetheless, everyone seems convinced that they, themselves, are already 'awakened', or are on 'the way' to being awake; and that furthermore, their particular 'way' is 'The Only Way' to get there.
Yet so few of us share the exact same definition of the 'awakened state' and 'the way' to attain it that there is a huge backlash of Judgementalism (yes, I made it up) traversing the earth. The danger when one begins to compare and judge - scrutinising and assessing others – is that it inherently leads to division, and alienates us from each others' messages.
Everyone promoting their particular version of the truth is asking others to accept and to validate it, to make it true in the world – whether that be in the form of goods or services; hopes of personal or global redemption; egoic dreams; visions; religions; organisations; or any of a plethora of other 'buy-ins'.
I sometimes wonder wryly whether the concept of 'awakening' was created purely to produce such division. Because I have rarely seen such bigoted certainty about one's rightness (and the wrongness of anyone who doesn't see things 'our way'), than amongst those who are focussed upon 'awakening'.
My question to humanity is this: could we consider acknowledging that there are infinite paths to awakening - that, in fact, everyone's awakening is UNIQUE and precious to them, and PARTICULAR to that individual?
Would it not serve us well to allow other people their own experiences and viewpoints without demanding that they conform to ours?
Each of us is a unique piece in the puzzle of consciousness becoming awake and aware of itself. All are valid, all must be heard. No-one moves forward until they feel understood. By shutting out others because they speak a different 'awakening language' to us, we are actively slowing down the very mass awakening we say we want to facilitate.
What could we achieve if we put our differences aside (or - gasp! - honoured them!) and supported each other instead?
There really IS only one 'I' in the universe - one life force, expressing itself through diversity - and until it gets its story straight through each aspect of creation, that which is divisive will continue to divert from that which (re)unites.
That divisiveness includes rejecting and excluding those who see things differently than us; those who challenge us, confuse us or frighten us, instead of trying to foster a shared sense of connection.
We must keep looking for the things we have in common – the common ground, the common sense – and hold those shared values dear. For in the end, for all our wonderful uniqueness, we ARE all drops in the same ocean, inseparable, and ONE...
(Originally published on January 11th 2017, but increasingly relevant)
[Image: 'Are You Awake? Yes! xo' by Jay Taylor. Available on 50+ print-on-demand products HERE]
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