The force and effectiveness of words is in their precise usage to convey or impart a common understanding with clear and consistent energy. In common interactions, such communication functions over the language processes of the brain.
All that is real is sensed over deeper feelings, which words have no power to convey. Deeper feelings are diminished the instant words are attached to them. They cannot be communicated, only communed with. Between two centers of awareness, there can be an empathetic sharing of the same feeling, without words. All beings are endowed with potential for empathetic telepathy.
When my words sound like a report, a well-researched, well-written article, I've been using the limited language center of the brain and the rational mind. To tap into something deeper and more real, I must empty the mind and enter the expansive present moment. From there, few words are needed and the ones which arise will be potent.
Life was sending me on a new assignment. In this one, I would be a house-parent with my partner to six at-risk teen-aged boys. Shortly before the assignment was to begin, Kati and I retreated from the world to a natural hot springs. In this relaxed space words flowed for me more easily. I did not think while writing but rather heard the words spoken by the inner voice and penned them. Still, I engaged the rational mind in places to find the rhyme and rhythm.
Over the period of writing, my center of awareness expanded in moments of 'one being consciousness.' After such moments, I returned to more constricted mental functioning, which showed me how each feels. The poem which came out of this 'spiritual experience' calmed and supported me and other staff members through a turbulent year of troubled kids and a disturbed and dying organization.
The poem speaks of non-dualism. I did not have the words for it at the time of writing, but now would call it 'one being consciousness.' Whatever promotes 'us' and 'them' mentality serves separation. 'One being consciousness' is ever-present except in blocked human awareness, where separation thrives.
'Us' and 'them' mentality can be found obviously in religion, politics and the media. It is also found, perhaps more subtly, in such things as the concept of sacred sites versus not-so-sacred and special or important versus not. Unfriendly competition pits Pepsi against Coke and can be heard on playgrounds as kids vie to be 'better' than each other, shouting, 'I am the winner!'
Conflicting personal interests raise barriers between buyer and seller, plaintiff and defendant. Even the term 'spiritual experience' says there are experiences which are not spiritual. Is it so? In my world, when my awareness is open, all experiences are spiritual. Whenever meaning, perspective or preference are applied, separation is served.
The poem which came out of the 'spiritual experience' described is called 'All is Everything.' What remains is to ground spiritual awareness into the simplest daily actions.
In service to the whole, all things have value — not as possessions or resources but as beings within the One Being, and a dollar is as appreciated as a million. Actions are performed not for an outcome but for being with them in the moment, in the flow. In that place, differences divided by walls dissolve into distinctions of diversity. We are O.B.
All is Everything
written 8.8 to 10.01.2013
The All embraces Everything, the Everything is All, and in the Everything, there is no rise or fall -
as the up is in the down and the down is in the up,
and taken all together, the content fills the cup.
There is no good or evil, there is no loss or gain.
Expanded into Everything, there is not really pain.
Neither is there special nor important as you see, the All embraces Everything with equanimity.
There is no left or right, there is no right or wrong, for the pieces of the Everything together make a Song. Only when I separate the pieces from the Whole do the pieces separate from body, mind and soul.
For me to live in harmony, there is a simple way - in every thought and action, in all I do and say,
to let go of the past and be present in the Now,
to be with what I do and also with the how.
To let go of my thoughts and merge into the flow,
to be with what I am, with what I feel and know,
to step back into nature and from the world to wean,
for what a human being can be, the world has never seen.
In order for potential to be reality,
I only need to ground myself on what is really me,
and bring back my attention to the constant inner call - the All embraces Everything, the Everything is All.