Previously published on Blogger.com on March 30, 2011.
Is there nothing more intolerable than the intolerance of dogmatic ideologies, which fail to acknowledge ambiguity or the full spectrum of complexity within the human conscience, or the collective components of a fully functioning reality? We have adopted an egotistic, insular view of sentient life that places us, humans, as the elite life form. And then the masses wonder why there is such conflict and why we fail to progress.
Our dilemma rises not from the battle between dualistic thinking, but from the false belief that there are merely dualities to which we are aligned. There is no black nor white, no liberal nor conservative, no rich nor poor reality. If humanity was capable of transcending the ego and the need for self-gratification and self worth, then we would see that truth is a universal flow, and it is the emotional taint of the individualist and the conformist alike that is responsible for the cessation of our evolution, as our technologies grow in their conception while we regress on a spiritual and intellectual level. The failure of the self comes not from its own imperfections, but from the ability to criticize the imperfections of others without constructive cause, to praise the self without constructive need, and from the inability to restrain all critical thought until real observation (not the temporary observation of the media-drunk society that we have established in our modern Babylon, but the serene observation that exists outside of the self) can occur.
We must think laterally to evolve, to move beyond our somnambulist and stagnant repose, to transcend the disharmonious state that we have resided in since we evolved from a single-celled organism into our current bio-molecular composition. We are not separate as we think, nor are we identical as we fear, nor are we obsolete or significant as has been suggested. We are not cogs within a machine, nor are we machines unto ourselves, but rather we are the encompassing aura that exists both outside and within the physical mechanics that we call reality. We are solid, and fluid, an expansive nebulis of energy, constantly metamorphosing from one form to another — all the while falsely asserting to ourselves that we can be static, consistent, stubborn, and unwavering.
We cannot continue to labour under the misapprehension that we move in a linear progression, either vertically or horizontally, or that we move in endless circles until we reach our finale back where we began. We exist in a universe where creation and destruction exist within a spiral pattern, wherein we move upward and outward from the point of our origin, as matter until we transition to our state as energy; a process which is eternal.
There is no straight line from beginning to end, because there is no beginning and there is no end.
Here is a poem I wrote on this subject after a long period of meditation. My hope was to communicate the importance of adopting multiple perspectives and establishing a capacity to consciously accept that all life within the universe is symbiotic, connected, and yet simultaneously unique and individual. Another element was my desire to express that by putting aside the singular perspective, which forms itself through experience and preconception, and by reaching for a higher understanding of psychology, one could become capable of a fully formed comprehension of the sentient minds of all races and species.
A Matter of Perception
I can choose to be
You or me
I can choose to see
The world from all perspectives
Adjusting my vision
To account for all possibilities
Seeing every combination
Working out the patterns
Accepting universal truths
That the will and fate are connected
And consciousness shapes our reality
Just as reality defines our perception
So, rise above your singular perceptions
So, rise above your singular emotions
Break through the boundaries
Reconnect to that cosmic unity
From whence we all came into this life
Before we fell into discordance, ignorance, and strife
Drink deep from the endless waters
That wash upon that most distant shore
Breathe deep that air which has been
Circulating through all life since the first life was born
Now, bleed and become one with the cycle
The spiral of life, as it elevates us to another phase
Of evolution, bringing us closer together
Until our fates are all the same
I can choose to be
You or me
I can choose to see
The world from many perspectives
Since that moment when I fell in love
When I stared down death
I’ve been rising above my own self
Serving as conduit for energies
Those timeless and limitless powers
That brought me up from the depths
Of my singular, lowly self-deception
But now I perceive the illusion
And break through the locked doors of perception