Looking beyond perception
This funny little map depicts the people of the world by stereotype using Google search (eg. "germans are known for *"). Of course, we all hold our own perceptions of each other, but it does help illustrate the principle that differences depends on perception - that what we 'see' is a reflection of what we believe. However, there is another way of seeing that looks beyond perception and belief to what is really going on; one that looks beyond appearances to the motivation that drives our behaviour.
In spite of the appearance of 6 billion individual competing 'wills', at the most fundamental level there is just one motivation that drives our lives - every one of us, in each moment of time, is doing what we can with whatever we have learnt to attain a state of happiness - peace of mind and freedom from fear. You may think that this is a wild generalisation and an over simplification but if you look at it closely you'll see that it's true for you, me and everyone else. We have many different ideas on where best to find our peace, but the underlying motivation is always the same - and as such there is really only one Will. No matter how loving or grotesque behaviour appears to be, love is either being expressed or sought for. Consciously or unconsciously, there is a search for meaning - and that is all.
And so, how we choose to see each other has a subtle yet profound influence on our lives. When we let perception judge behaviour then the differences, the seeming seperateness, and the subsequent fears that characterise the 'human condition' are perpetuated. But when we look beyond perception to the recognition of what is really going on then we can recognise that in reality we are coming from the same place and in this recognition we both are released.
People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
This simple recognition, from looking beyond appearances with an open mind, can answer our search for meaning. The quiet recognition of our shared 'will' can end our sense of separation and reawaken the awareness of our connection with all of life; and it is here that our safety, happiness and power lies. I believe that one day miracles will be as right and natural as breathing but first we need to reawaken this connection.
Quantum physicists tell us quite emphatically that we moment to moment create our own 'reality' in the world, yet who really believes it? We struggle like hell to take on board that thought is cause and the events in our lives are effect. In this disbelief our innate creative powers remain mostly unrecognised, and so we wander through this life like loose cannons creating a world that reflects the confusion and paranoia in our minds whilst denying personal responsibility. To recognise our common Will and connection is to end the debilitating illusion of separation and powerlessness and take back control.
A little willingness to see is all it takes because all of life bends to support us in this one thing. This loving life force that makes the world go round delights to set us free. But don't look outside ourselves - you and me too - together we are IT!