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Oneness

So far in this series on race we’ve explored whiteness and blackness, but I’d like to end with something that transcends them both: oneness.

I have chosen not to have comments on my blog, but I do love getting your emails – even when you disagree with me – and I especially loved this one from my friend Dani.

 

“There are many ways to cleave society into chunks, with race being one and gender being another. Interesting about both: They now defy exacting descriptions as intermarriage is prevalent (you know it’s mainstream when commercials show mixed race families) and gender is certainly fluid. So, instead of hanging on the old differences, perhaps we can elevate the conversation to a higher one that accepts all this fluidity by challenging all of our assumptions. I think it has to happen for us to try to conquer conscious and unconscious bias, which are kissing cousins to hate.”

 

Exactly.

When I became a student of A Course in Miracles five years ago, what drew me to the path initially was its emphasis on the oneness of all things. According to the Course (and many other spiritual traditions), “God” is defined as Love, and Love lives equally in every being.

There is nothing we can say or do (or have done to us) that could diminish this Love, although we can choose to bury it under negative thinking that renders it inaccessible. An example of this idea would be a cloud that has passed over the sun. The presence of the cloud does not mean the sun has disappeared or lost any of its strength, only that it cannot be seen as clearly.

Same thing with us. Our judgments regarding who is “in” or “out”, “right” or “wrong” block our ability to see the Magnitude within ourselves and others, but that does not mean it isn’t there – and perfectly whole – in all. If only our holy books had taught this from the beginning, I believe the world would be a very different place indeed.

But we’re here now, and Dani is right.

We must elevate this conversation to one where we are no longer dividing society into chunks, but living with what many have called a Namaste consciousness. In other words, if you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ve probably noticed how most instructors will bow to their student and say “Namaste”, which loosely translates to “the Divine in me sees the Divine in you” or – if you prefer – “the Light in me sees the Light in you.”

This is more than just a nice thing to say. It’s an extraordinary way to live in the world. A way that not only honors the secular interdependence of all things, but honors the spiritual interbeing of all things as well.

To the point of this series, it’s hard to judge another person when you believe that they are one with you.

And so, as we close this topic for now, I want to end with a saying that is well-known in recovery circles, i.e. “never deny anyone their bottom.” Translation: sometimes things have to get worse in order for them to get better. In fact, very often it’s only when our situation deteriorates to where it becomes completely unbearable that we truly have the motivation to change at the deepest level.

I believe that we are being called to this kind of change now. That we are being called to elevate our collective consciousness in a way that may not have happened if we couldn’t see how destructive our judgments have become.

My hope is that we will look back on this time as the moment something fundamentally shifted, namely our perspective.

Namaste.

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