Your Own Path

“Earth is crammed with heaven
And every bush aflame with God
But only those who see take off their shoes.”

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, poet

There are two states that humans tend to fall into.  They are either in a state of love or fear.  When you think of all the negative emotions you’ve felt and all the negative activities happening in the world, including abuse, violence, and war, most of that negativity has been driven by fear.

The following is a list of the more common fears of individuals:

Failure; Success; Rejection; Fear of Death; Intimacy; Fear of public speaking; Fear of confined spaces; Fear of heights; Tunnels and bridges; Crowds; Fear of public transportation, especially flying; Storms; and, Drowning;

Physicist and Author, Thomas Campbell, points out that, in the same way a person has an individual consciousness, a mob can also have a consciousness, as can an entire country.

Countries have fears too:

Recently the media pointed out that the United States was afraid of the competitiveness of China.  Some countries fear running out of fuel, food, and water.  With falling markets, out of control public debt, and threats of deflation or inflation, some developed countries have developed a fear of powerlessness or poverty.

Genetic evidence suggests that modern humans originated in Africa then spread across the globe, rather than springing-up in several regions around the world.  Thomas Campbell’s point about group consciousness becomes noticeable when you consider that we all started out from the same place – Africa.  Yet, despite our original similarities, we evolved, spread out, and formed different races, that are both miles apart in location and in thinking.  We became groups of unique cultures and countries.

Despite this evolution toward groups of consciousness, as individuals, we are still very unique in terms of our experiences.  In his book, “What the Dog Saw”, Author, Malcolm Gladwell describes how young children eventually become aware that their parents do not have the same thoughts as they do.  In an interview on ‘Big Ideas’, Gladwell expressed a fascination with the differences between people and their experiences by saying that, “Being in the record business is nothing like being in the magazine business, or being in the real estate business.  As human beings, we need to be reminded that every little micro universe is different.  The minute you look below the surface, things are different than what you thought they would be.  They’re different than your own experience.”

Thomas Campbell elaborates on this concept when he describes how every individual exists within their own unique reality frame: “You can never share an experience directly.  You can describe it in terms of symbols and metaphors, but you can’t share the experience.  It’s yours.  Experiences within different reality frames are defined and limited by your fears and beliefs.”

We are all connected.  At the same time, each of us is observing, interpreting and responding to every experience through the lens of our own beliefs, our own knowledge, ignorance, ego, fear, or love.  Though we are all connected and all come from the same source, by virtue of free will and a separate consciousness, each person’s perspective of the world is completely unique.  We are each on our own path, evolving and expanding in our experience.  In this way, God (The Source, Jaweh, Krishna,…) is also evolving and expanding.  That is one of the reasons why the life and experience of each and every one of us is so important.