Lurking in “each” of us is a conceptual interloper, an intruder, a masked bandit that is attempting to claim to be our real identity. It is NOT. In varying degrees, at various ages and stages of life, a false self attempts to divide and conquer; to rob us our knowing connection to true Self and, indeed, to one another. The more we heed the false self’s call to action, the stronger it seems to become; and, thus, the greater our human conflict and chaos. Please listen, dear spiritual brothers and sisters, for the i-dentity of the ego is fashioned from the smoke and mirrors of Maya (illusion). The true YOU of you and me is everlasting; the true YOU is immortal; the true YOU is Spirit; the true YOU is That which was never born–hence, beyond birth and death. YOU are neither name nor form; you are Consciousness in which name and forms appears. The following, which is borrowed from the second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence, reflects Truth:
“All men [women] are created equal.”
“You mean to say,” says the ego, with an arrogant stance, “that a beggar on the street, is equivalent to me, a CEO of a successful multinational company?”
To this, i humbly reply, “Yes.”
“What lunacy!” cries the CEO.
“Have it as you will,” say i, “but please let me be clear; i am not stating that we are ‘born‘ equal, or that we are equal in expression, but that we are all created equal.”
After the CEO storms away, a homeless man on the street (overhearing), says, “You mean that I, here and now, with only a sleeping bag to my name, am equal to you and the CEO?”
“Yes,” i reply, “it’s just that you and the CEO are knowingly unaware of the Truth of your Origin.”
YOU, dear souls, are fashioned from and by the one-and-only Source of our Being. In Truth, how could any of us be any greater or lesser than another?”
“The Golden Rule is the rule for appropriate behavior.
You cannot behave appropriately unless you perceive correctly.
Since you and your neighbour are equal members of one family, as you perceive both so you will do to both. You should look out from the perception of your own holiness to the holiness of others.”
A Course In Miracles
“Is this your idea of a dream, Mr. Russell–that we could ever be equal?” you may ask. No, dear readers, the delusion is that we could ever be other than equal, for we are Oneness. It’s impossible for us not be BE what we are. There is a world of Truth, Beauty, and Love beyond this apparent world of duality. The good news is “That” can be investigated here and now.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2021 – R. Arthur Russell
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