This month we’re talking about how we affect the world around us and how we can do that harmlessly – without harming another Soul in the process. Later on in the month, I’ll be giving you a simple practice you can use daily to assist with this but in light of the horrific terror attack in Christchurch here in New Zealand and another attack that took place in Utrecht in The Netherlands just today, I wanted to first talk a little bit about the illusion of separation and how that is currently impacting our world. I truly feel that the time has come for all of us to look deeply at this, where it lies within us and how we can move beyond it.
Separation is a habit that the majority of us practice. We see our own physical self as separate to everyone else’s and that reinforces it. We see others and believe that they are making us feel one way or another, that they are making decisions for us, that they are taking away our power. And the habit becomes stronger. For some, it becomes so strong that they believe that others are wrong, less than, and have to be stopped. It leads to judgement instead of discernment, reaction instead of response, criticism instead of acceptance. And in some cases that belief has tragic outcomes.
But we're not separate. Not at all. We all come from the same Divine Source regardless of religion, gender or race. Within each one of us lies a Divine Presence that keeps us connected to Spirit and through Spirit to each other. Yes, we express that divinity differently and some deny it completely, but it is there regardless. The simple truth is that we are all One.
Yesterday I heard an interview on the radio with an incredible man called Farid Ahmed who was in the Al Noor mosque when the gunman entered. He survived the attack but his beautiful wife Husna was killed. The following is what he had to say when he was asked how he felt about the person who killed his wife.
I said, “I love that person because he is a human, a brother of mine. I do not support what he did - he got it wrong. But maybe he was hurt, maybe something happened to him in his life … but the bottom line is, he is a brother of mine. I have forgiven him, and I am sure if my wife was alive, she would have done the same thing. I hold no grudge."
This is the power of Oneness. Despite his grief, his loss, his immense sorrow Farid has nothing but compassion for the man who gunned down his wife and many others. There is no anger, no want for revenge. Only Love remains. How many of us would feel the same? Farid sees no separation. All he sees is unity and his powerful words of compassion and unconditional love impact all of us in a far greater way than anything any terrorist can set out to do.
How are you impacting your world and the people around you?
Do you look at another and see them as separate? Or do you know without doubt that we are all in this together? That we are all connected to Spirit and through Spirit?
If the former, why not sit down in a quiet space, close your eyes, connect to your heart then ask to be shown where you connect to your Divine Self. Then sit in that connection and simply feel it.
There is no separation. We are all One.