In Hindu mythology and folklore there is a story abut a certain man whose whole life is centered around finding God. He becomes a devotee to the Brahmanic religion, scours through the Vedic scriptures, becomes an ascetic and gives away all his possessions and wealth accumulated through the years and lives a life of self-denial and contemplation. At the very end of his life, after spending years in isolation and a master of Yoga, he finally reaches a state of pure enlightenment at which point he finally realizes that he was indeed God ALL ALONG. He was THAT which he had been seeking. He laughs heartily and breathes a sigh, which wound up being his last. His bodily vehicle passes away with a smile and he resumes his true state of being as pure source.
Pantheism and most dominate schools of mystic thought preach the concept that ALL is SOURCE. If you were to take every single person, blade of grass, grain of sand, starry night and blue sky that there ever was and ever will be and roll all of that vibration and energy into a great big ball the resulting product would be God. Every state of individuality or matter is simply one of the manifold expressions of this infinite and eternal source from which all is created, nurtured and sustained. With that truth being realized it becomes apparent that YOU, the one reading this, as well as ME, the one typing this, are both manifestations of the same SOURCE playing out in a myriad of roles.
Philosophy has a similar concept called Solipsism. This is the conviction that the conscious mind, the rational observer, the one who can claim “I think therefore I am” is the ONLY thing that really exists and that all else is an illusion. Narcissistic as it may be, this echoes the very same sentiment of the gurus and yogis throughout time immemorial. When you look out at the world around you what you are seeing is Maya, an illusion; or another way of perceiving the external reality could be that what you are seeing is your TRUE BEING in some magnificently deceptive mask. There is no fundamental difference between you and the person in front of you in line as you’re purchasing your carmel machiatto at the local starbucks other than the illusion which society has instilled in you to accept as fact that they are a separate individual.
Alan Watts said it best many years ago that if we accept the concept of some “big bang” as the beginning of the known universe than that would mean you are not some curlique way way out on the fringe of this great explosion but rather you are the force behind the bang itself. When you walk up to me I am not seeing you as a separate individual but as the big bang walking up to greet me. You are the wind that blows through the trees, rustling the leaves. You are the waves cascading along the surface of the water. You are the heat that emanates from the sun. You are the electricity that permeates through wires and conductors that give power to the civilized world. You are THAT. All of THAT.
Nothing that I am saying is new. This is not some shocking revelation that is not already known by the many awakening souls on this planet right now. But what is lacking is the application of this truth. The praxis of which is what will serve as the greatest catalyst for change this realm has ever seen. When we can not just nod our heads and agree that this resonates and it fills us with warm fuzzies but begin to live out this truth, allowing it to affect our behavior and our interactions with others then we will experience this proverbial shift in the collective consciousness of humanity that so many speak of with eager and joyous expectation. Namaste needs to not just be a word that new age hippies toss around to give an air of enlightened superiority but a way of life. We need to step out of the comfort of our homes and turn our gaze upwards to the glorious sun, which is our mirror, greeting ourselves in its radiant blaze and then head out into the world and give honor to the same God that is in every other human being we encounter as the God that we truly are.
This, my brothers and sisters, is the truth behind becoming the change that you wish to see in the world.