To heal and be healed is to be aware, to understand, and to Know Wholeness. Thus I seek Wholeness, Unity, Oneness within my own mind and heart, and in all my actions and affairs. I focus on uniting the fragments within myself, so that I see only Oneness, which is the Truth of my Self. As I Know myself as the Oneness that I am, this Truth reflects in the world around me, confirming what I Know through my experience in my life activity.
This guiding thought is complex. One of my professors uses the word “unpack” to mean “let’s break this down” or “let’s look more closely at the constituent parts, and see how they fit together.” Unpacking is a necessary skill when studying concepts—because we are trying to get at what is behind, under, in, and around the words. Words are empty; words are symbols. What fills the words? What do the symbols represent? What meaning do you bring to the words? These are the questions that unpacking answers.
In contemplating today’s guiding thought I turned naturally to unpacking. Here is some of it:
To heal and be healed is: “To heal” can mean that I (my body) heal, as a passive action; or it can mean that I can heal another, which is a dynamic action, something that I do. “Be healed” can mean that I am being healed by another or that it is a state of being which requires no action—it just is. The verb is denotes that the two subjects, to heal and be healed are the same thing, they are equal—“is”. What are they equal to?
…is to be aware, to understand, and to Know: These words denote both a process and a state of being—awareness happens moment to moment; each moment of awareness leads to understanding, and each moment of awareness is also a state of being aware; understanding requires its own development (i.e. it must be cultivated), occurs moment to moment, is a result of awareness, and brings about Knowledge. Knowledge is the cumulative effect and result of awareness and understanding, Knowledge is also a state of being—in Knowledge there is certainty, sureness, no-questions, just Knowing.
…to be aware, to understand and to Know Wholeness: means to be both in the process of coming to Knowledge about Wholeness, as well as to be in the state of being that is Wholeness.
What is Wholeness? “Thus I seek Wholeness, Unity, Oneness within my own mind and heart, and in all my actions and affairs.” Part of the clue to unpacking this was found yesterday on this Journey: “The point is to rely on my own Loving Presence to guide me. The point is to turn to the Loving Presence within me, that Knows Divine Mind, in everything I do. The point is to encounter each activity, all day, all interactions by being guided by the Self of me, by offering that activity to my own Loving Presence.” The idea of healing, of wholeness, is the True North on the compass—it is the highest ideal, which when offered to my own Loving Presence, serves to guide my life and activity in a way that corresponds to Divine Mind’s highest ideal for my life and affairs.
The thing about unpacking is that even the unpacking can be unpacked. When working with concepts, there are always layers, always depths to plumb. For example, what does it mean to say that “understanding requires its own development?” Or what does it mean to be in a state of being? Each concept can be viewed in relation to any other concept, and with each connection, more is revealed about both.
Of course, words (and even concepts) are simply symbols. Through them we learn our Self—our infinite, eternal Self. There are infinite concepts, infinite connections, infinite relationships that show you your Self. Some words and concepts expand your understanding and lead you to Knowledge (ideas like Love, Peace, Healing, and Oneness); some lead you to limits and boundaries, walls that you build. How deep will you go in your thoughts, in seeking your Self? Will you expand and include or stagnate and limit?