I am you and you are me — all species included! But . . .

I received this video from my wonderful Dances of Universal Peace mentor Darvesha last night. But, though inspiring, it also made me pause; indeed, made me positively uneasy!

From the point of view of unitary consciousness, and if consciousness (and not matter) is fundamental, then indeed it IS unitary, “we are all the same.”

However, I can imagine idealists (such as myself, formerly) who want to erase all political and geopolitical borders using this argument, and that’s what gives me pause.

What happens, I ask, when we mush everyone together and refuse to allow for individuality? Not just on a personal  basis, but inside the partnership,  family, neighborhood, town, region, nation state, etc?

Borders are important! They strengthen polarities, which run this 3D world. For me, the aim is to recognize, honor and integrate (face, embrace, erase) each and every polarity, contradiction, paradox. For me, the aim, always, is to learn to occupy the infinite space between any two poles.

We westerners who were raised to be capitalists are conditioned to not just prefer individuality, but to crush all attempts at community if they encroach upon our own self-interest.  “Do your thing,” as we hippies used to say. But even here there exists polarity, that between the mysterious inside of oneself and one’s outside “identity,” or “self-image. And inevitably, much of who we are inside remains in shadow, the deep, and ultimately unfathomable unconscious aspect of the mind, that seeks, through projection, to learn about itself. We are here to throw light on shadow, to learn more about ourselves by recognizing and taking back, projections. And we are here to inhabit the shadow’s nourishing womb that continues to feed us, in dreams and in imagination. BOTH. As usual.

In contrast, those raised to be socialists (communists), are conditioned to think: community. “All for one and one for all.” While this attitude is laudable in theory, encouraging selflessness and viewing all beings as of equal value, in practice it means that excellence is neither recognized or rewarded, so why push yourself to accomplish? Might as well just sit back and exist on “hand-outs.”

No wonder capitalism is so damn dynamic! It forces people to get off their hind ends and risk everything! How else can we discover the depth of our own capacities unless we dare to run headlong into the unknown?

And yet capitalism can be so mean, rapacious, viewing everything outside the self as food.

Socialism can be mean too, ruthlessly crushing individuality in the interests of — what? The state, the bureaucracy? Then, just who decides how we all shall live? A philosopher-king? The lowest common denominator? No thank you.

The point is, once again,  polarity: individuality and community, not one or the other. Somehow we have to learn to work with both, balancing and rebalancing, over and over. The situation is not static, but ever dynamic, dangerous, and full of promise — or it can be, for those who dare to occupy the infinite space between polarities.

Notice, even in the video with morphing faces — and I can imagine this enlarging to include ET faces as well as animal faces: even so, each time the shift morphs, dissolves, into . . .  another face! Another bright, intense, soulful focused channel for the awareness, the LOVE, that pervades, fills and fuels, the cosmos.

Nature is our Teacher. She works with polarities, borders, edges. Indeed, from a permaculture perspective, “the edge is where the action is,” i.e., more species intermingle at the borders, bringing more energy to the edge, whether it be the edge of a pond, a leaf, a cell, or a field where it meets the forest — stimulating increased aliveness, resilience. Without edges, borders, everything does mush together, and aliveness recedes.

Another polarity: this one between the life that concentrates at any edge and the relative absence of life as the edge dissolves.

Check this out. In the top photo, for example, see how the trees bend away from each other, leave room for each other?

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5 Responses to I am you and you are me — all species included! But . . .

  1. ummm…. don’t necessarily mean to Rain on your imaginary Parade, Ann, but the trees aren’t really “bending away from each other” out of compassion for each other….

    it seems that, on Planet Earth, plants have to –above all– fight for *LIGHT*

    they can’t overlap each other’s leaves, lest they starve to death.

    Nature might well be Pretty, but the Reality is that a climax redwood forest crowds out all other species of trees, leaving only ferns on the floor below them



  2. Gabrielle says:

    Yet, those ferns are a biosphere where other living things dwell. The trees aren’t aware they are ‘crowding out’ and leaving ‘only’ ferns. Their relationship is symbiotic. The ferns aren’t rising up against the redwoods — they just ARE.

    Ann, this brought to mind the principles of biomimicry I shared the other day. One of those that has stuck with me is ‘nature banks on diversity.’ Humans have a strange [and sometimes immature] habit of anthropomorphizing many of earth’s creatures to make them more human to us. It is simply to get us to care more about their demise. A basic tenant of Buddhist practice, also. Love and respect for every living thing.

    However, we are all NOT the same. Thank, goodness! Life would be a snorefest otherwise! [This also reminds me of the Michael Jackson video from the late 80’s, ‘Black and White’. It was the first time I remember this ‘morphing’ video technique used.]

  3. Laura Bruno says:

    If you’ve not seen the documentary, “I AM,” by Tom Shadyac, I highly recommend it. He includes some of the Darwin material that didn’t go mainstream, which includes that the idea of “survival of the fittest” was less important than the ability to work together and care for each other. It’s a fascinating film that arose from his own experience with traumatic brain injury — one of only three movies I’ve seen in a theater since my own 1998 brain injury. Well worth the time!

    • Laura Bruno says:

      Correction: his was technically “post-concussive syndrome,” not traumatic brain injury, but like mine, it followed many previous minor head injuries. The main takeaway is this more interconnected vision and recognition of how species survive. It turns out Darwin’s research and conclusions were vastly spun into the currently accepted “science.”

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