The WHOLE Picture?
We KNOW we are part of ONE whole Universe. Some people view themselves as very separate from that whole. When in our journey of awakening does a person recognize their own ONENESS in this vast Universe? Are we ALL simply getting only glimpses of our own reality?
We are living this life on the planet earth. We feel so insignificant when we think of our small world right in our own community, let alone feeling connected to all humans on our planet. And yet, we are praying to one God of the whole Universe. Mind boggling. So…how can we “feel” the ONENESS that keeps us part of the WHOLE.
Do we ever see the WHOLE picture or is that simply beyond our brain’s capacity in this human skull of ours?
As I began to put my own thoughts into writing, I got my daily ACIM Lesson from Miracle Distribution Center. These are daily messages from the Course of Miracles and I’d like to quote Lesson 173…
God is but LOVE, and therefore so am I... I will step back and let Him lead the way.
God is but Love, and therefore so am I…I walk with God in perfect holiness.
God is but Love, and therefore so am I.
So many people who have had Near Death Experiences have made attempts to put into words a description of their experiences absorbed into that pure unconditional love of wholeness. If God is ONLY love, then I too am only LOVE. I felt that and experienced it for myself the minute I left my body. And yet, our human existence can make us feel separate from that amazing love. Our journey as ONE seems to be simple steps, one at a time through discovery.
Can we SEE the whole picture? I believe we fall very short when we think we even have a small glimpse of the whole. My husband and I have spent the past two weeks in Colorado exploring and experiencing various beautiful “glimpses” of God’s amazing display of nature. YES, we are all ONE with the Universe through nature, the animal kingdom, and with each other as human beings.
Let me take you on a walk up a mountain. For a minute, study this photo taken as we drove up Boulder Canyon towards a gorgeous waterfall. I stopped because I LOVED seeing these red poppies growing in quite a few places along our route.
Through my mind’s eye, I was seeing rushing water, a beautiful blue sky, pine trees, red flowers and incredible green foliage along the banks of the flowing river. This is an example of that glimpse into the WHOLE that we experience on a daily basis. Was I able to see the vastness of the mountain range? Could I see tiny insects inhabiting the grass we would walk through or the bees that pollinated the flowers? Could I glimpse the amazing animal life I would encounter soon? Did I experience the amazing people I would meet along our trail and on every mountain vista we would stop to see?
While I would SEE so much more after driving, stopping and viewing…there was only a tiny GLIMPSE into the whole picture of our experiences in Rocky Mountain National Park at any one moment! There is something that happens when we take in the vastness of our life in the same way.
We WISH to see and experience MORE and MORE once we’ve had a glimpse into the amazing LOVE of God through an experience that altered our consciousness level. I can only think of the words…a return to wholeness that is our true nature. It is so easy to get stuck on our own little corner with the illusion of “rightness”, not of a place, but through our mind’s eye.
Humanities Team had a quote from Einstein that helped me think through my thoughts of ONENESS and our state of BEING in a vast Universe, knowing that my small and insignificant thread of existence CAN and does make a difference in the whole.
“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein
I know and understand that Einstein is not simply talking about nature as I have done earlier, but the WHOLE of mankind and everyone and everything in it! YES, I was taken with the beautiful mountain vistas, the moose, elk, and deer I experienced and loved. But, did I embrace the ants on a hill or the bees buzzing around me? They are just as critical to the WHOLE as my human form watching the deer munch on dandelions, while I sat on a picnic table enjoying my chicken wrap sandwich!
“Free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion…” Those words from Einstein really helped me realize that it is only our “limited” mind that keeps us in that prison. We can expand our thinking at any moment. Feelings of separateness causes such emotional damage. Together we can create a more compassionate and caring world. We can connect with that place we call heaven and our OWN eternal home. We have the compassion built into our being. It’s okay that I don’t have the whole picture…we are totally meant to grow while totally enjoying LIFE in the here and now. And when we need help?
“Please help me.” This prayer is an acknowledgment that you cannot do it all on your own. Oh, how the human wants to be independent. Do not let the ego fool you. Inside and outside and beyond all sides is a part of you that cannot be separated from you or your Source. You may call this the soul. The soul has no qualms about asking for help. Find this part of you that is always here, that wants help from others because it knows this is how you grow and thrive. Tapping into the soul is simple. Simply ask for help. You are so very loved.”
~ Suzanne Gieseman Awakens Way…June 28, 2023
GOD is LOVE and so are we!