Alone and All One
As I approach the mystery, I see life – especially relational life – as a dance of uniqueness and oneness. We are alone and all one.
Here is a passage from the book, Who Dies, by Stephen Levine that speaks eloquently of life's invitation to embrace both aspects of being. The Levine quote is followed by a poem I wrote years ago, Oddly One.
"As soon as the mind's conditioning to be someone arises, a kind of pain comes into our heart. A feeling of being alone. It is the loneliness of our separateness. Our alienation from the universal. But when we sit quietly with that loneliness and let it float in the mind, it dissolves into an 'aloneness' which is not lonely, but is rather a recognition that we are each alone in the One…. To change the intense loneliness of our personal isolation into an 'aloneness with God,' we must gently let go of control and stop re-creating the imagined self. We must surrender our specialness, our competition, our comparing minds." Stephen Levine.
If we follow
A bit weird.
In God’s pond.