There is a message that blazes through time. It is the Wordfire of Identity. This Fire does not destroy. It illuminates the darkness and ignites the weary Soul. It is the light that shines forth in the Upanishads and the luminescence in the face of the Buddha. It is the fire that etched the Ten Commandments onto the scrolls of the Torah. It is the radiance that that flows from the Koran and the flame of Love in the Gospels.
It is the Spark that lives in every human heart.
It is a Blaze that cannot be extinguished.
Is our true purpose on Earth to create a Shangri-la, to fashion and decorate our environment with the greatest comfort, personal security and happiness for everyone? Not a bad motive for a species. However, that outcome might be a side effect of a greater design. Take a look right now. Something appears that threatens the safety of humanity, and we mobilize to solve the situation. A spontaneous action from the heart of survival! The directive is clear…PROTECT LIFE! And of course, that is the priority! The question then becomes what are the best conditions and qualities needed to achieve that supreme goal? Does it lie in individual experts, think tank coalitions and general opinions? Can the best answer come from separate groups all trying to do what they think is best for “The Whole”?
What if the purpose of Life on Earth is the discovery that we are not the separate individual parts that we think we are? What if the possible answer to suffering on this planet is not primarily in eradicating the problems but in the discovery of our underlying unity, our True Nature? Perhaps we need to recognize that we are not isolated human beings but a force Field of Cognition that is whole, undivided and always present. From that standpoint, it is not guaranteed that the current disease and a myriad of other problems would not be appearing. However, in the light of that recognition, challenges might be met with currently unimaginable solutions, beyond the horizontal programmed and limited remedies of the mind.
To realize our True Identity and our Unity as a dynamic, creative fact, a necessary beginning would be to deal with the extreme degree of polarization that exists between now! We need to observe uncritically that we have been manipulated and exploited by every aspect of our society and its institutions to choose separation in our perspective on race, nationalism, gender, sexuality, politics (conservative vs liberal), economy (capitalism vs. socialism), religion, spirituality, culture and now our very health. Ezra Klein, American journalist, blogger, and political commentator who co-founded Vox, in his New York Times best seller, “Why we Are Polarized”, writes “Everyone engaged in politics is engaged, at some level, in identity politics. These merged identities have attained a weight that is breaking much in our politics and tearing at the bonds that hold this country together.”
Will this crisis serve to put a crack in the walls of our polarization pandemic? If the outer scene mirrors our inner world, then for those of us who are drawn to the path of conscious evolution, the issues of taking sides, assigning blame, holding power driven arguments, feeling we are absolutely right, making judgments based on information that is catering to one side or the other, these are areas where we can begin to loosen our hold. We can consciously begin to relax the rigidity and yes, sometimes the ferocity in how we take sides for our beliefs and opinions. This is important not necessarily because we are wrong about the specific issues, but we are once again promoting the cause of our problems, the chasm in our ability to communicate and the way in which we relate to each other, not as aspects of ourselves, as one being, but as two -dimensional representatives of a position. Violence is never far behind this breakdown in our humanity.
That Shift out of the belief of separateness and division, that felt realization of the fact of our Oneness is the instantaneous bridge that neutralizes the polarization virus. In that conscious recognition of our True Identity as inseparable one the wellsprings of conscience are released, and the unbroken continuity of Love is revealed.