The Illusion of Separateness
Albert Einstein knew everything was One. The new science of the ‘Quantum’ led him inextricably to that conclusion – though for many years it did not sit comfortably with him. Like many of his generation – and most since then, he had been schooled in the Newtonian and Cartesian paradigm of ‘atomism’ – the underlying separateness of all things.
In the end, Einstein and his Quantum physics colleagues came to realise that Energy was the matrix from which all else was created. And that Energy consisted of Light, Information, and Intelligence. And this Light, Information, and Intelligence were the only thing that had any ultimate reality in an energetic Universe. It is what we, and everything else that seems to exist in the material world is made of. It is the Source of all things and the One that connects all.
Einstein wrote this; “A human being is a part of the whole called the ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in all its beauty.”
It is this illusion of separateness into which we have all been immersed since birth, that is responsible for much of the suffering we experience in life. The concept of separation and separateness – one from another, one from all things – directly spawns and reinforces the world’s current fear-based Scarcity/Survival paradigm.
This belief in separateness morphs into feelings of vulnerability, scarcity, lack, want, limitation, guilt, and unworthiness. A feeling that there is something we must become or fix in order to be worthy of love. That we need someone or something external to ourselves to approve and validate us . The incredible intensity of these feelings seeks to convince us that somehow our very existence depends upon it.
There is no margin for error, no room to get it ‘wrong’. So to be loved, and safe, and secure, we have to be ‘good’ – for to be good is to be worthy – and as a result, we are taught love is ‘conditional’ – and there is no love without worthiness – and there is no worthiness without goodness.
And what is ‘good’ is always defined by others; our parents, authority figures, governments, religions, cultural norms, society in general. The funny thing is, somehow we never seem to be good enough – and so we are always trying to jump through whatever hoops are placed in front of us to please whoever says they need pleasing, just so we can prove our worthiness – or make up for a perceived past ‘badness’ – or both!
What if Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Mary Oliver, in her poem ‘Wild Geese’ provides us with a powerful insight into a great truth when she tells us:-
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
What if we already are good? What if infinite goodness, and light, and love, and beauty, and creativity is the very fabric from which we are made – and not just us but everything that is? What if we just let the goodness we already are shine out? Nothing to do, nothing to try, nothing to fix, nothing to judge – just to Be. To Be free of everything that has ever tried to convince us that we are small, and separate, and vulnerable. To stand in the light of our true authentic self and know that we are already perfect – and that everything in our experience is unfolding perfectly and with perfect timing.
What if we already are, and have always been, One with all that is?
How would knowing this deep inside change everything; our thoughts, our choices, our actions, our experiences, our Life?
There is only one way any of us will every really know and that is to allow ourselves to drop out of the optical delusions of the mind (separateness) and drop into the light of the Heart (Oneness). It is literally a journey from nowhere to Now Here – and it starts like all journeys with the first step. And that first step begins with a willingness to let go, and Trust, and make that step of faith into the unknown.
But do not worry about losing your way, for as Rumi wrote so beautifully; “If light is in your heart, you will find your way home.” And your heart only knows how to shine!
~ Kieron ~