I was asked the question above, this week, as we travelled to the other Gulf Islands. As I paused to contemplate that question, I was interrupted by someone else. However, as I think back on the question & my first thoughts, I was thinking about all the things that we have in common.
Many of us who live on the Gulf Islands have a very independent streak, non-conformists, so I was wondering about the differences while trying to explain that we seem to have more in common.
I then read this:
“Ancient Hinduism has long focused on the expression ‘Atman(self) is Brahmin (God).’ This simply states that at the deepest core of who we are, we encounter the realization of our oneness with all things: we are a part of God. The innermost self is the outermost force. This doesn’t mean that you are God, but it does mean that God is you! The words used to explain this vary from person to person, but the ‘experience’ of awakening to this truth is universal.
All of the great spiritual practices have the power to help us reach this point of identity & transcendence in which we realize that we’re a sacred being. They help us understand that every struggle is an opportunity to find a deeper quality of freedom. Every challenge brings a lesson & a step closer to realizing that there’s a force within us that is eternal, indestructible, & beautiful beyond words. After such a realization, we are never the same again. The false self burns away in the light of the innermost spirit, & the soul begins to shine.” ‘Return To The Sacred’ Jonathan Ellerby
‘This doesn’t mean that you are God, but it does mean that God is you!’
So we are individual but one?
‘The false self burns away in the light of the innermost spirit.’
The false self, ego?
We are co-creators but we want to go it alone.
How can we ever be comfortable with our false self?
Wouldn’t it make sense to get in touch with our underlying eternality?
If we could, might the opening question be irrelevant?
Can we ‘see’ through the fog of physicality?
Does our mirror reflect the ‘soul’?
Who are ‘we’?