The Deepest True Reality Lies Within Everyone

A friend of mine, told this to me awhile back, and I think it's really true.

The idea that we are all individuals separated from one another is an illusion. There is no I, no "he" or "she" no lasting solid real *you*... Its all *we*... At the deepest level we are like waves on the Great Sea, we are Ocean, sparks of God, of Love, all of us, everything real and deep flows from that ocean, from this larger spiritual matrix of *we.* When we feel sad or alone, our sorrow exists only cause we are grasping at an illusion of who we think we are, and others are, in our minds. These illusions are like a wall, that cuts us off from reality.

You see someone out in the world, who you feel drawn or connected to, they look like this beautiful Being, but they are no different then anyone else. He or she is just like a wave that is more aware of his true identity as ocean, as a child of God, like a flower more aware of her identity as the greater field. Once you get to that understanding, fear will fall away, and you will know who we all really are.

You will realize a hug and a smile from your husband/wife, your friends, children, parents, even a stranger-- is God and the Universe reaching out and loving you, right there. All you need, is right there, surrounding you at every moment of your life. You dont have to go anywhere, find anyone special, chase any Guru. There is no perfect lover, perfect friend, perfect husband that will suddenly make everything perfect. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, you always have the power.

The answers lie within you, the deepest part of you. Its knowing who we really are, and seeing thru our mental static and projections. All you need to do is let go of your illusions, open your heart and mind wide, and whisper... "Thank you"...

That's how God/Love/Tao (whatever you want to call it) works magic in this world.

P.S. Alan Watts talked about this a lot, the illusion of our separation. Here's a website with many of his audio talks available, for free download. Wonderful to listen to:

http://diydharma.org/Watts



 

LostLeila LostLeila
31-35, F
42 Responses Jul 14, 2008

Very well said! Thank you for the eloquent reminder-

Well said, Leila! I believe this too.

Thank you for sharing. Indeed, we are all connected irrespective of race, and religion. We need to look beyond illusion and see the real love in every one of us. We are timeless, ageless and eternal. <br />
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Unfortunately, there is so much human suffering that pains us. We can create everlasting peace by sharing love and nothing but love. Everything else is taken care by the benevolent universe in abundance. Ignorance is our suffering. Knowledge and wisdom bring awareness of inner divine in all of us.

I think spirituality is like that, Dee, when we get it right... like flying...

This time of year we get flocks of geese flying over (though now it's gotten cold so not as much), heading south.. it's such a beautiful sight, particularly at dawn or dusk.. v-shaped flocks of long-necked, graceful birds flying overhead, honking to one another as they pass. I've often wondered what it must be like to be a bird.. so free....

Yes, surely! I've been watching birds flying through the sky a lot recently. Many crows around here, settling on the bare branches as it gets colder. They make me nervous when they cluster in groups close by. Maybe I watched the movie Birds too many times as a kid. If they were bigger we humans would be dinner for them. But in the sky when they fly high up they sure look beautiful.

I've had a string of birds trying to fly into my kitchen windows.. nearly everyday for about a week or so! This happens from time to time.. but never so many all at once! One beautiful little yellow bird even gave up it's life, it hit so hard. I've hung things in the windows to try and prevent this. I can't help but think that those birds are trying to tell me something...<br />
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I hope your squirrel friend shows, SF. I had a nest of robbins just outside my window last spring/ summer and just loved watching the babies grow and then leave the nest.. when I see a robbin I wonder if it is one of those babies I watched grow up. It's neat how we attach maternal feelings to the creatures we see around us. Maybe this is an instinct, the realization of our dna that we are all connected.

Thanks LL, things on the squirrel front are a bit worrisome. there were 3 of them (2 bushy gray's & a rich chestnut brownish one). It was one of the grays who fell. And one of the big fat grays who had taken over the squirrel feeder box on the pine tree. He'd sit on its top like a lord over his kingdom. He could push the top up with his head and dig in for treats. He would chase the other squirrels away. <br />
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Now I've only been seeing the chestnut one. No sign of the other 2. I hope they are okay. Its amazing how easy it is to get attached, even to wildlife! I'm really hoping that the gray's went on a long journey for a few days and I'll suddenly see them coming up on the deck rails to sneak bird seed and peanuts any time now!<br />
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Meanwhile the Pigeons have grown from a handful to more than 20! They are gonna eat me out of house & home (as my mom used to say!)<br />
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Or as you put it so well in this wonderful story, these wildlife critters are also,<br />
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"...the Universe reaching out and loving you, right there. All you need, is right there, surrounding you at every moment of your life. You don't have to go anywhere, find anyone special...Its knowing who you really are, and seeing thru your mental static and projections. All you need to do is let go of your illusions, open your heart and mind wide, and whisper... "Thank you"...

Hi Dee and Swanfether. Hope that squirrel will be okay. Keeping all you guys in my prayers today.

Hmmm.. you're right, SF, it'll be awhile before I have to worry about that.. I guess Woo's comment just made me think of it. So sorry.. I know you're feeling blue tonight.. A gaze at the night sky always humbles me and puts me in awe.. sounds like a great thing to do to calm your mind. Hope you're feeling better soon! Lotsa love.. Dee :)

WOO quoted Caitie "..."The more the time spent in your core presence the more you allow your true nature to shine through" then added,"...And if you don't you run the risk of loosing yourself. Many people get so entangled in their career should something happen to that career they loose their identity..." <br />
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Yes. So true. Its always been easy for me to see this in relation to career because I have never identified myself in terms of what I do for a living. Like Dee hinted tho, family can certainly become a focus for identity-based entanglement!<br />
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When you wrote that comment about Empty Nest, Dee, I wondered about that. Your kids are too young for that, I wondered what it was related to. But right now, I'm staring straight into all the ghosts swirling inside the vortex of my own empty nest. <br />
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And it doesn't help that one of the squirrels who hang out around the feeders on my deck missed her leap and fell with a thud yesterday. I think she was either pregnant or lactating. I've not see her since and am concerned about her fate. <br />
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So, today I find exactly the sort of outlook needed to shake me into reality. I've been nursing my wounds here for long enough. I'm gonna heed the advise I might well give to another in my place and go outside to take a few deep breaths of the cool night air. Commune with the stars and chill ! What would I do without all of you? I know I'd be fine but this community is such a precious place to find comfort and support without having to wait!!! <br />
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thanks all!

Thank you Dee. That video's great!

Better late than never.. here's the link to the video I was talking about (love this)..<br />
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http://www.freshminds.com/animation/alan_watts_appling.html

Very true, Owl. It happens to mothers too.. the empty nest syndrome. <br />
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MP - I just started listening to those Alan Watts talks yesterday.. they are really great! The Love of Wisdom had gems of clips put together.. I remember one from a video link posted elsewhere about the 'rocks coming to life'.. I'll see if I can find it.

"The more the time spent in your core presence the more you allow your true nature to shine through"<br />
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And if you don't you run the risk of loosing yourself. Many people get so entangled in their career should something happen to that career they loose their identity.<br />
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Great post and comments.

I agree. swanfether great insights. I love how you describe returning to your true nature. In that the deepest core essence within you is related to that which is infinite and greater than any size can capture. This opens up great possibilities for us if we take away these veils of illusion, returning to the source. Spreading the love. <br />
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Where there is confusion, peace; where there is darkness, light; sorrow turn to joy; helplessness to faith; Etc. <br />
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It is true that every little action you do affects the universe. The more the time spent in your core presence the more you allow your true nature to shine through.<br />
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aloha

And thanks for recommending those talks by Alan Watts, MP. There are so many over there. I had only heard a few. I really like the one's you recommended, cause definitely, he talked about this same thing.

WOW. (((caitie and swanfether))) (((everyone))) WOW.

swanfether and caitie- perfect posts, dear friends, just the perfect descriptions.... namaste...!!

Caitie writes, <br />
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When we free our minds <br />
from what is self/not-self, <br />
illusion of separateness <br />
of opposites <br />
and time <br />
and realize <br />
the greatness <br />
of our reality, <br />
there are no room <br />
for these illusions <br />
to blind us..." <br />
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I think this pretty much sums it up. thanks caitie

<i>"If we soften around 'what is so', exactly AS IT IS, then core essence itself will find us."</i><br />
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Good description, swanfether.. this seems exactly what I am starting to find.. more and more...

Hi LostLelia,<br />
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Yes. Yes. Yes.<br />
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You write, "...The answers lie within you, the deepest part of you. Its knowing who you really are, and seeing thru your mental static and projections. All you need to do is let go of your illusions, open your heart and mind wide, and whisper... "Thank you"..." <br />
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I love how you emphasize gratitude. I find it to be one of the most powerful tools we have. <br />
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Cutting thru static, projections, illusion, etc. can seem nearly impossible, sometimes. I agree that this is what needs to take place. AND I also think that the idea of finding ways to "DO" it can set us up for failure. I'm not convinced that it is within our power--as identity-based, individuals who buy into division, polarization and the all-pervasive belief in our separateness--to do anything at all but spin our wheels. <br />
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It is, however, within our NATURE to BE this deeper, spacious core essence, because we already are it. It isn't so much a question of how to become it or how to achieve it. The very idea of being a self who DOES, or IS, anything at all, can get in the way of realizing that its already present. <br />
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As you suggest, everything is already right there in front of us. No matter who or what, no matter how icky or how great, we are always face to face with the exact WAY to enter into our core essence. <br />
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If we resist whatever is in front of us, then we miss the 'gift' that universe has handed us. If we acknowledge it-in spite of the conditioning we have (to become attached to it or averse to it), then we are taking the first step. If we soften around 'what is so', exactly AS IT IS, then core essence itself will find us. <br />
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It is my experience, that, in any given moment, ONE THING is always possible for everyone. It is such an absurdly simple thing that most folks will simply dismiss its potential for instant transformation. But the only thing we can EVER change is this moment anyway.<br />
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So, the ONE THING is to simply turn to that place within our being where nothing is wrong and in-just-this-moment, there is a way to breathe easy and feel safe and still...that 'HOME BASE' place that has always been there and will always be there and is always the same for any of us. <br />
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Stephen Levine calls it the "UH" place. Its as easy as sighing. Eugene Geldng's FOCUSING is a good technique for rapid access to this place through awareness of the 'felt sense'. And in each successive moment, we can choose again, and choose again, and again, to turn to this haven of refuge. I'm finding that it calms and stabilizes me, for that instant. <br />
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String enuf of these 'safety zone instants' together and presto! Life is okay as-is. No flashing lights or altered states...only just pure being. What if it really could be just that easy????

great words. <br />
I've read a book before that dealt with concepts similar. It's called "No Boundary" by Ken Wilber (good book). One of the things it explained was, in the same way we try to seek enlightenment, it is like trying to catch a wetter wave in an ocean of waves you are swimming in. None can be any wetter than the other. There is no path, it is right in front of you, you just have to clear your mind of your own thoughts and open up to that greater love and higher power that is all within our reach! When you find that greater Identity and greater purpose, fear will dissolve and so will illusions. For these boundaries or illusions are created by the thought pattern of our minds. When we free our minds from what is self/not-self, illusion of separateness of opposites and time and realize the greatness of our reality, there are no room for these illusions to blind us. <br />
Look past your small self and embrace your True Self. Clear your mind and surrender to the void of knowledge, when we do this we start to listen and connect to the Divinity within - and without. <br />
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Alohas!

Definitely!! :^)

"Reality is an illusion" A. Einstien.<br />
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Most of his work involved what is called "relativity" which states : your view (what you see) depends on where you are at the time. That applies to everything, even to us as we live our day to day. And, nothing will change until you look from another ( a different ) place.

I tried listening on line...but nope, dialup can't keep up.<br />
That's alright though, i will set up the computer to download over night the one you suggested :)<br />
Thank you!

Can you listen to them, trailguide? If you are able to listen to audio on the Internet, that's an easy way. There's a button there for just streaming the audio, it takes much less bandwidth.... If you had to listen to only one, I'd suggest "Seeing Beyond Our Separateness" as a great one to begin with... :^)

Oh , how i wish i wasn't on dial up. Just checked and it would take 6 hr to download an average file *sigh*. <br />
You guys enjoy... they just look amazing :)

Yes! I was just listening to a bunch. All are pretty good, but some are better, and a few are true gems. So far I was really impressed by "Seeing Beyond Our Separateness" "The Road to Here" "The Game of Hide and Seek" "The Real You" "The Marriage of an Illusion to a Futility" "The In Defines the Out Defines the In" "The Awareness of the Self" and "Web as Mutuality"...

Any favorites?

Great! Thanks. I'll check them out :-)

No. If you have iTunes or another Audio system on your computer you can listen to them. I use iTunes, which also allows you to burn CDs from the MP3 files. With that page Leila provided as a link you can even listen to the files over there. Downloading them just makes it easier, as long as you have the room on your computer :^)

Do you have to have an MP3 pla<x>yer to listen?

Ha... I don't know much about quantum strings, but I like the music they play. :^)<br />
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BTW, Leila! Those Alan Watts MP3 downloads are *amazzing!!* Wow, what a treasure find.<br />
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http://diydharma.org/Watts

So who knows the Sanskrit for "the quantum strings in me greet the quantum strings in you"?

Great post, Leila, thanks. Namaste, everyone :)

Thanks for posting here, everyone.

This is so true. In Hinduism they often use the analogy that God is dreaming, and in the dream all these distinct figures arise, all within the heart/mind of the Universe. Each of us thinks we are a distinct character in the dream, but the deeper reality is that we are just one thought in the mind of God. That's what the "namaste" greeting is all about. To look into the eyes of another and recognize that what lies within them is the deeper *You* that lies within everyone. Call it God, Love, Tao, Allah, Spirit, Buddha... Its all the same, inside and outside... Everything... :^)

*bows to your beauty and thanks you *

Thank you

Yeah, I thought it was really nice.

I like this a lot!