“We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe, atomically.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one destiny, affects all indirectly.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
In this time of increasing divisiveness, it can seem downright silly to believe that humans are connected in any way, shape, form, or fashion. I’m willing to bet that some folks will disagree with Neil deGrasse Tyson that we are in fact made of “star stuff”, as Carl Sagan put it so long ago. Personally, I believe that we are ONE – One Consciousness, One Energy, One Life. You can call that Oneness whatever you like. Yet we are individualized versions of that Oneness.
In the same way that individual cells group to form Me, all of the individual manifestations of the One make up the Universe. Every atom in the Universe, be it Earth, Air, Fire, or Water; be it Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral, comes from the same “star stuff”. And it is all imbued with the same Consciousness, albeit at different levels. All “wiggling”, or vibrating, at different rates to create the stickiness that holds the molecules of a rock or a tree or a person together.
So I am a part of everything & everything is a part of me. I experience all this vibrating mass of atoms through my senses & my emotions. Some things I react to. I need to breathe. My heart must pump for My Body to survive. This part of Me happens on a subconscious level. I am aware of the need, but I don’t have to choose each breath. And I am VERY Thankful for that! Yet I have a conscious choice in how I experience many of the things I encounter. How I choose Creates MY LIFE.
When I say “How I choose”, I don’t necessarily mean the method of choice. It’s the Personal Mythology we use to make the decision that is important. The stories that run in the subconscious parts of our minds create the framework of our decisions. For years I lived with a very cynical worldview. As a result, I was constantly angry about My Life. It was always some external force that kept me from being whatever I was trying to be. I don’t deny that there were tough times. I made some bad choices, too. But I was so pissed off all the time I couldn’t see any of the Good things that were right in front of me. So I lost almost all of them.
Over the last 15 years, I’ve worked hard to replace all those negative stories in my Personal Mythology with a narrative of Unconditional Love, Creative Energy, and Real Abundance. I do my best to live with a Psychology of Plenty in a state of constant Thanksgiving. I live a much Happier Life as a result. But I don’t live My Life all alone.
Each of us Lives and moves and has our being on this planet we call Earth. The way we manifest that living and moving and being is put out into the world as some kind of energy – physical, emotional, spiritual. All of the energies of all of the people we encounter get all blended up together, and that’s what we call “reality”. How we experience that “reality” is a result of that aforementioned Personal Mythology. We can constantly react to what we experience, or we can consciously create something with it. Sometimes, I’ve done both of those things, one right after the other.
We all have this capability, whether we know it or not. We react and create all of our lives, most often unconsciously. We can create our lives consciously simply by waking up and paying attention to our lives. We can be attentive to how much Love we put out into the world, both in how we behave and who we help. We’re all in this together. Since we’re creating this world anyway, why not create a world we want to Live in? Yes, I know it ain’t perfect. But the only way it gets better is we get better at creating the world we live in. People won’t act right. Love ‘em anyway, if for no other reason than at times you might not act right, and you might need some Love. Bad things might happen. Put Love out into the world in whatever way you can.
So here’s the thing. We come from a common biological/chemical/atomic Oneness. But it’s our choices and actions that manifest that Oneness in our world.
REMEMBER – I AM manifesting the Oneness of the Universe through the choices I make and the actions I take.
Inspired by Tyson, King, Watts, and a lot of other thinkers and doers
And So It Is!
Peace, Grace, and Love,