Here is something you may or may not know about me.
It’s a bit of an out there kinda fact.
Despite my behaviour that sometimes belies this truth, it is in fact the truth.
Well. The truth is, I don’t actually know everything!
What is this I speak?
In fact, all I know and actually I would suggest all of us know is;
All we know is what we perceive!
Perception. This interesting thing that happens in the mind.
Depending on all the experiences we have had before us, to impact on the way we view the world through different lenses, we will have very altered views of the world.
If you grew up in Iraq it is highly likely you see the world very different to how I see it here in Australia.
There is thing interesting thing I have notices as I plod (yes I am trying to slow down) along.
Vegetarians make fun of meat eaters and make snide comments like, “that poor little lamb”.
Meat eaters make fun of vegetarians saying inappropriate things like, “vegetarians always look so unhealthy, and “you clearly haven’t tasted good meat then luv (urgh…totally inappropriate)”.
The spiritual person may consider the high earner as un-spiritual and materialistic.
The capitalist may mock the spiritual person calling them ‘woo-woo’ and ‘hippie’.
The mind is a fascinating part of us. Always looking to categorise and label.
The teetotaller says alcohol is evil and if you drink it you are possessed.
The wine connoisseur distrusts the alcohol abstainer who don’t value the integrity of the grapes.
And the quasi religious affiliate kills people in the name of their god.
Words that we have come to learn, we have attached a bunch of ideas and perceptions to. We like to ‘know’ stuff so we feel safe. The ‘we get it’, that we won’t be taken advantage of.
And here is the intriguing part of this perception thing.
When we categorise another as being a perceived way of being, then we put them over there and not a part of us. When we think we “know” all about a particle way, or experience we shut ourselves off from connection. We remove the opportunity to learn something, not about a vegetarian, but about a person.
When I choose a certain way to live in the world and make others wrong for not living that way…well why would I know what is best for everyone! God, 7 billion of us or something currently on the planet and the god knows how many to come after….man, I do not want that gig!
I would however love to see something else.
I would love to see us all acknowledging our differences AND our similarities.
I would love us to see us all being accountable for how we behave and not blaming anyone else for what we choose to do or not to do.
I would love to see us learning through this experience. Learning what it feels like to be human and to see the truth in all of us. That NONE of us know what we are doing…really. We are all only doing the very best we can at any given moment depending on our own level of consciousness or awake-ness.
If we look at basic nature. If we look at the cells of our body. I wonder if the cells of the liver would say, “Urgh, those kidney cells…check them out filtering all that fluid in the blood. Look at us over here sorting out hormones, toxins and god knows why else”.
No, what we see when we look at the systems in our body, each cell has a purpose. It knows what it is meant to be doing to SUPPORT THE ENTIRE BODY.
I doubt if the heart cells behave like they are better than the bowel cells. I seriously doubt that the tissue of the lips consider it inferior to the tissue of the nose.
I reckon our old mate Darwin who brought us the ‘survival of the fittest’ and ‘competition’ has shifted our perception about how nature works.
Who is to say that species aren’t actually competing, but are actually in fact collaborating in an unspoken universal language. One that says, there is enough for all of us, and I might have to give up some stuff for you and our other mate over there may have to give up some stuff for us.
Nature has this way of sorting itself out and yet us ‘wise folk’ seem to ‘know’ better.
Someone recently said to me, “I can’t work you out”. “Oh, ok” I said. “What is you are trying to work out?”
“Well, I see all the loving work you are doing, all the stuff you post on Facebook (don’t even get me started on that), all this spiritual stuff you speak of and yet I see you drinking cocktails and wine”.
“Hmmm, ok. And what is it you can’t work out?”
“Well if you claim to be spiritual, why do you drink?”
I laughed and said, “chill my friend, who ever said that being spiritual meant you can’t have a legal drink?”
It was awesome. We got to explore each others view of spiritual. AND as spiritual applies from my perspective…it is a personal experience.
I get it though. Our buddy here had a ‘perception’ that because I am labeled a particular way I ‘should’ then behave in a way that matches the way ‘they’ believe it to be.
Human, I plead….
Be okay with whatever part of collective you play and flourish there. When you flourish you won’t care what old mate is doing over there. You’l be more like, “hey ya’ll what is that you are up to?”
Lets maybe start noticing our perceptive minds and maybe we can stop shaking our perceptive heads and making others wrong and instead offer up some curious exploration of their perspective? Maybe?
Lets get the heck out of the making wrong garden and just admire the diverse creations that are!!
Well, I’m going to try anyway and I might even have a Mojito as well….it’s Friday after all.
Go forth beauties and shine on!
Your spiritual explorer friend