“We must become so alone, so utterly alone, that we withdraw into our innermost self. It is a way of bitter suffering. But then our solitude is overcome, we are no longer alone, for we find that our innermost self is the spirit, that it is God, the indivisible. And suddenly we find ourselves in the midst of the world, yet undisturbed by its multiplicity, for in our innermost soul we know ourselves to be one with all being.”
– Hermann Hesse
I think this is where we (Tamsin and I) find ourselves after a long road through various forms of Christianity. We have emerged out the other end and come into a new way of seeing. Deep within all of us, and I do mean ALL of us, there is a true essence that is connected to the Source and in a sense IS the Source (the indivisible). All religions thus have some truth and none of them can claim to own the absolute truth.
To hate or harm someone else is to hate oneself. To destroy or exploit nature for your own gain is merely a way of poisoning oneself. A war against a perceived evil (Satan, Muslims, Women, Mexican, Blacks, Gays etc.), just ends up being a war against yourself. So many are looking for someone else to blame for their unhappiness . As long as their focus is on the OTHER, they are incapable of turning inward towards the Source within. They are in a perpetual state of fear, guarding themselves against this or that. They may have a community who share their beliefs, but deep down they just feel alone.
I am hopeful that many in the world are now moving into a new state of consciousness, one that transcends belief or doctrine. I think this is what Jesus was talking about when he spoke about the Kingdom of Heaven – not some pie in the sky when you die – but a state of awareness, very much in the present moment. In this state of awareness we are never alone, we are ONE with all being.