As I sit here on my balcony, staring at the sparkling ocean in Hawaii, I realize that I’m more fortunate than most, for I am in this magical, tantalizing spot of the planet, smelling the perfumed air and breathing in the luscious beauty of the island of Lana’i. But on some level, I know that no matter where I am, I take “me” with me, and even here, I was a bit challenged at the beginning of the week.
I am with my husband, a top notch attorney, who was invited into an elite society of “accomplished” barristers (lawyers), and the group (with spouses) meets each morning for wonderful speakers who speak on very interesting topics, non-law related. This, as it turns out, has been an incredible experience, full of lots of food for thought.
However, the main food for thought for me, has been of another nature. At the start of the week, I found myself in a roomful of high-achieving, ambitious, talented people - just the kind of people I grew up with and the ones who push all my “not good enough” buttons. The question that popped into my mind immediately, of course, was “What have YOU achieved, Laurie?”
Having considered this question for as long as I can remember, and recalling my younger years when my dad would ask me the same thing, I realized that I was in the perfect place to sort this through in a new way. What an opportunity! (Because I now view all emotional triggers as opportunities.) I had been working on creating new perceptions involving our connectedness as living beings, and my old habit of comparing myself to others was being triggered AGAIN! How appropriate! I was being given the exact scenario to see this differently and let go of that old habit once and for all.
So, putting together all of what I had learned recently through the Abraham teachings, and through the Buddhist view of things, I was able to see clearly how we are all connected by Divine Spirit. I realized that it wasn’t those high-achieving “people” who were accomplishing anything. They were merely the vehicles for God to work through, to create whatever God desired. In other words, it wasn’t “men and women” doing these things, it was the God in them doing it.
While I realize this is rather esoteric, it helped me to realize our connection to one another through this “ocean of consciousness” of which we are all a part. Now, I see the ocean from my balcony, and it reminds me that the “ocean of consciousness” is a part of all of us. We come from this ocean and we go back to this ocean. It is a CREATIVE FORCE, so great, that as human beings, it is difficult to conceptualize. However, I know now that I am that Force. You are that Force.
I am a part of you. And you are a part of me. It would be absurd for me now, to compare myself to anyone else, because they are all me. And their accomplishments are amazing and honorable and yes, different from mine, but it’s oh so wonderful to take pride in who we all are – Imaginative, Artistic, Resourceful, and Ingenious, Great Spirit! I aim to contemplate this truth for the rest of my days here and to share with anyone I can, the power of this insight.