As far back as I can remember, I had a feeling, no, a knowing, that we were supposed to do this thing together. I couldn’t put the words together to describe it, it wasn’t really a thought, I just knew it and I couldn’t understand why you didn’t know it too. Actually, I knew you knew, I just couldn’t get why we were all pretending not to know. People would tell me, with, what I interpreted to be a look of disgust on their face, ‘you have to do it on your own’. Once you do it, if I like what you’re doing, I’ll come on board. In other words, prove to me you’ll get me what my mind tells me I need and then I’ll like you and follow you.
The problem with that thinking is; it’s the core of separation thinking. It says we are not one; equal parts of the whole. It says “I’ll be the judge of whether or not, you’re worthy of me connecting myself to who ‘I think’ you are”. That is how I base my experience of life on separation instead of Oneness. Some books call this the fall of man. It was only a thought! One thought leads to another and here we are. Thank you Neale and CwG for raising the question, (paraphrasing) “If the initial thought was wrong, does that mean we have to continue?”
To begin from the new gospel “ We are all One. Ours is not a better way, ours is just another way.”, makes us all just individual manifestations, equal parts of the whole. (I have to tell you that all these centuries of programming of guilt and fear, there is still a little shutter when I mention the word gospel and I don’t tie it into traditional religion) Then, in order to be complete, as we were intended to be, we need every one of us, and every one of us has a unique and equally important part.
Even knowing this, my first thought is, write this out and others will follow. It’s so ingrained in me. If I have an idea and you follow me, it’s the same thing we’re doing now, just a different leader. We have to create this new culture together, at the same time, your piece and mine. I can’t figure it out! That’s old culture thinking. I need to rely on my connection to my source, my soul, my higher power, my creator, my essence, my God, and you, for inspiration. I can even do it as an experiment. If we are all One, then what inspires you, must inspire me, in my own unique way.
What I have found to be true for me is something I call ‘taking it A.P.A.R.T. so it can come together’. I have been drawn to talk about the order form in getting re-connected, it’s a work in progress: It’s not a better way, it’s just another way…
A is awareness, it doesn’t come from the mind. Awareness of what? it isn’t working, whatever I’m doing isn’t working, I feel it, I may not know what’s missing, but I don’t ‘feel’ right. Mostly, it appears as some form of pain, but it’s not necessary.
P is pause. Whatever I’m doing or thinking, I have to stop, completely, at least 30 seconds, go to the bathroom, shut the car off, just stop. Listen to the sounds around me, really listen… or breathe deeply.
A is ask. No belief is necessary, I just ask, is there another way to see this, what would love do now, how can I be of service here, or any other life affirming question, maybe even, the seven questions. I find It helps if I ask for an open mind first.
R is receive. I can’t ‘think’ about the answer. If I find myself thinking, I just let go and go back to feeling, the chair I’m in, my breath entering my lungs, the feeling of light filling my body. I just be as open as I can to receive what is already there.
T is take action, or try it out. I only get to know this process works if I take action on what I receive. What I receive usually doesn’t look like I ‘think’ it should. Sometimes it seems ridiculous; get a cup of coffee, call so and so, go for a dip in the pool. Often, my mind balks at what I receive. When I take action anyway, repeatedly, I always get just what I need, provided I’ve done the first four parts of this process. Often, I’m in awe, that it works every time, without fail.
My experience has shown me why this order form is necessary, at least for me, because, looking at it backwards; there’s nothing new to take action on if I’m not open to receive it, I can’t receive anything new if I don’t ask, I won’t ask if I don’t pause and realize I need to, and I won’t pause without the awareness (I’m in pain).
This is one way. If we share with each other the ways through which we make the connection, we can’t help but become more of who and what we really are, One.
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I’ve been thinking about our fortune, And I’ve decided that we’re really not to blame. For the love that’s deep inside us now, Is still the same. And the sound we make together, Is the music to the story in your eyes. It’s been shining down upon me now, I realize.
(From The Moody Blues “The Story in Your Eyes”)