Every living being is an engine geared to the wheelwork of the universe. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance. -Nikola Tesla
The other day I sat and watched my my son playing in the sandbox. He would play for a bit, look up at the sky, smile, feel the wind on his face and continue to dig. A butterfly flew by and he began to speak to it “Hello, butterfly. How are? You are so beautiful.” He looked at the the path the butterfly flew and as it landed on my leg he said ” Look at the butterfly, mama! It loves you!” In that moment neither he nor I had any doubt that the butterfly loved me. We were all there together sharing in that perfect moment. Looking back on it, I asked myself why that was the perfect moment. Why was that simple moment the purest moment of joy for me? The answer was so simple….at that moment I was sitting with my son in the truth of all things….that every energetic being in the universe is divine.
A few days later a soul sick, lost, angry man who was filled with fear and self loathing lost and in unspeakable amounts of pain, made the horrific choice to make others suffer like he was suffering. He walked into a nightclub in Orlando and murdered 49 people in cold blood. I like the rest of the world was heartbroken, stunned and ripped apart by the senseless loss of so many lights in this world. How do we look at an act like this and ever begin to understand? How do we find compassion for a soul that is that rotten from darkness and hate and that is capable of the most evil and vile of deeds? HOW CAN WE SAY THAT ALL THINGS ARE DIVINE WHEN THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN IN THE WORLD? I woke up the day after the shootings in Orlando and was struggling with that very question. I was angry that this was happening in our world…that this was continuing to happen in our world. The anger built inside of me until it felt like it was turning into poison in my veins. At that moment a butterfly landed on my arm. I looked down at it and remembered that moment in the sandbox and sat down and wrote this…..
“I have moments when the weight and sadness of it all feels like it may crush me…but then I look around see the truth, breathe and connect with the divinity that is the universe….this divinity that is all part of us no matter how many of us have forgotten. The only way we can shift the way we are moving forward as a species on this planet is to remember that every living thing is a being of the universe.
As long as we try to convince ourselves that we are separate in order to maintain our manufactured illusion that we have greater purpose than anything else in the universe does, we will always be lost…. for the truth is all there is and all there will ever be.
When we hate someone for their race, creed, color- we hate ourselves. When we turn our backs to someone in need- we are turning our backs on ourselves. When we pollute the great mother that we live on we are killing ourselves. When we no longer see the divinity and grace that is in others we no longer see the divinity and grace that is in us.
This is not a war to be fought. There is no winning…. There is only understanding. We will die and our bones will become part of the earth and our breath part of the sky. Every. Single. One. Of. Us…. Our energy will move back into the universe and will become something else…. A star. A tree. A child in Africa thousands of years ago (time is an illusion).
So ask yourself- what are you going to do? Are you going to continue to give into the paradigm of fear and judgement, expectations and anger that has been created to control us and divide us? Or are you going to make the choice listen to what you and all things understand in the deepest parts of all and is the only truth…. We are one. We are the same. Everything is the same. Division is an illusion. We are the universe.”
Sitting in the truth, finding compassion and empathy is easy when we are sitting in a sandbox looking at butterflies. When it is needed the most, when division, fear, anger and hate is pushing down around us smothering us with its darkness, It is the hardest to find or to even remember it exists.
But we can not continue down this path of division. There is only one outcome.We continue to rip each other apart until there is nothing left. We have been holding onto this idea of separateness for so long that we have become blind to the most basic understanding in the universe. Nature does not exist in self imposed exile…but mankind does. I ask you today to remember even for a moment who you are- I then ask even for a moment you remember who all of us are….”We are one. We are the same. Everything is the same. Division is an illusion. We are the universe.” Be brave in your compassion and connection. It is hard….but be a warrior for the truth. Be a keeper of the light. Stand up in the face of division and anger and stare it down, knowing that you are looking at your shadow for it is in you too. Say this simple truth with every breath as you remember who you are….”We are one. We are the same. Everything is the same. Division is an illusion. We are the Universe.”