Love is strong! Powerful! I embrace Love and wield it through my awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. I move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.
“I wield Love through my awareness of Oneness.” This part of the Guiding Thought really made me think today. Love can be wielded through a consciousness of separation. It is not a given that Love is always used in a Loving way. That sounds a bit convoluted, doesn’t it? I am thinking about people who use love to manipulate…or parents using love to justify violence, “It’s for your own good”; “This hurts me more than it hurts you.” Or, even well-meaning people who give “loving advice”, through the lens of their own projections, that ultimately does more harm than good.
How we wield Love matters. A match is only a match, just as a flame is only a flame, but it can be used to light a candle to show the way, or it can be used to burn down a home. The way we “wield” love is through our consciousness—a consciousness of either separation or Oneness. We choose how we use it, how we direct it.
Unfortunately, separation is how humans encounter the physical world—as a world of duality. Our senses, our brains, our perceptions are all “wired” to rank, categorize, compare, and divide.
Seemingly inherent in this is the judgment about to which rank or category something belongs. Judgment often implies that something is “better” or “worse”. Why do we get caught up in these distinctions, in these categories and comparisons? I am beginning to see how limiting our perceptions are, and how we do it to ourselves; we limit ourselves through these boundaries of comparisons. In order to categorize, we must ask, “How are things different?” In order to discern, we must ask, “How are things different?”
Our propensity to dualistic thinking leads us to becoming stuck here. The opposite of thinking, “How are things different?” is thinking, “How are things the same?” and that doesn’t seem to help us. How can we tell things apart if we look at similarities?
Oneness is not about comparison, or even similarities, it’s about connection. Instead of looking at how things are different, or how things are the same—what their physical characteristics are that distinguish things from or with one another—we should ask, “How are these things connected?” “How are they related?” That bypasses the divisive thinking all together.
Seeing connections rather than comparisons does not seem to be our “natural state”, however. Fortunately, this is something we can learn.
Beginning to understand the myriad interconnections of nature was the original use of the term “the butterfly effect”, meaning the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil could cause a tornado in Texas, but the intricate effects of that one flap could also prevent a tornado. Small things interconnect with an entire world through ways we may never know, especially if we don’t begin to look.
People are learning to see connections through nature, through how wolves change the course of rivers, through watching the ocean-environment change with the over-“harvesting” of sharks and manta rays, through how weather patterns changing in one area (for example, this year’s El Niño), can affect the weather across a continent, how the ocean warming is changing currents around the world, affecting migrations, feeding, and spawning. Everything is connected.
I see that I got way off track today. I’m ok with that. I think the point I was headed toward is that Oneness is not about duplicity. We are trained to think in dualistic ways, but we can learn beyond duality. A good place to start is in learning to think in terms of connections and interconnections, relationships and interrelationships. This moves us away from dualism. It doesn’t quite get us to Oneness, but it’s a step.