From Neale: All things are part of a Single Reality
I am so proud of all the people around the world who are involved in moving forward the mission of Humanity’s Team. I consider that mission to be among the most important undertakings we can embrace as a species in the first quarter of the 21st Century.
We must—human beings simply must—come to a new understanding of Who We Are and why we are here. We must come to a new and larger awareness of our true relationship with the Divine and with all of Life. And we must come to a new decision about the real nature of our connection to each other.
As we look around the world we see potentially eruptive situations at every turn. All across the globe danger lurks. People misunderstand each other. People mistrust each other. People in some cases despise each other. People hold each other down, suppress each other, violate each other’s rights, bomb each other’s homes—and defend themselves against others doing the same.
Why? Because they do not understand the most basic truth about life…and about themselves: We are all one. There is no separation. Of anything from anything. All things are part of a Single Reality. There is only One Thing, and all things are part of the One Thing There Is.
Our failure to understand this is the greatest cause of the ongoing dysfunction of the human race.
As I write this, North Korea has just conducted an underground test of a nuclear device said to be more powerful than the bombs that the United States dropped on Japan over 50 years ago. It has taken North Korea a half century to catch up to the U.S. in nuclear armaments, but now it has, and ours is a more dangerous world because of it. Iran, likewise, is said to be developing nuclear capabilities. And the threats don’t stop there.
Why are nations continuing this insane arms race? What do they want, and what are they trying to protect themselves against? Few people understand international politics and the root causes behind the conflicts that exist in the world. We keep, as individual societies, keep telling ourselves that everything we are doing is Right and Good and Justified and Appropriate Under The Circumstances, and that everything those “other guys” are doing is just the opposite.
How many people in your neighborhood, or at your office, know, for instance, why the majority of on-the-street Iranians support the seemingly arrogant and defiant stand on development of their country’s nuclear capabilities taken by their president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad? Or why, at the close of Friday prayers in many mosques in Tehran, there are chants of “Death to America”?
Journalist Hooman Majd explains at least part of the reason in a lengthy analysis piece in the June 1 issue of Newsweek magazine:
“Iranians know well that before the Islamic Revolution, their country suffered at the hands of the great powers—Great Britain, Russia, and the United States—whether through cripplingly one-sided tobacco and oil concessions, land grabs, or outright regime change.”
Iran, its people state, has the same right to develop nuclear power for energy use as the United States or any other country, and should not and cannot be denied that right simply because some of the great powers want it to.
North Korea no doubt similarly believes that it is the height of hypocrisy for the U.S. or any other nation which will not itself totally disarm, dismantling its nuclear weapons, to tell any other nation that it may not develop such weaponry.
Yet the real question surrounding these issues of international import has nothing to do with politics, or military capabilities.
I have said it before and I will say it again: The most important question affecting international affairs is not being asked anywhere. And the situation we find ourselves in today is that we are trying to solve the world's problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
We are trying to solve it as if it was a political problem, but it is not. And so, political machinations only put a Band Aid on the problem, at best. Then the problem reemerges. It will not go away. So we say, "Okay, this is not a political problem. It must be an economic problem..." We are used to using economic might on this planet to push things around and try to fit square pegs into round holes. In other words, to force a solution.
Then we go about trying to solve the problem as if it were an economic problem, but it is not. And so, economic maneuverings --- throwing money at it, or withholding money from it (as in the form of sanctions) --- only put a Band Aid on the problem, at best. Then the problem reemerges. It will not go away. So we say, "Okay, this is not an economic problem. It must be a military problem..." We are used to using military might on this planet to push things around and to try to fit square pegs into round holes. In other words, to force a solution.
Thus, we go about trying to solve the problem as if it were a military problem, but it is not. And so, military interventions only put a Band Aid on the problem, at best. Then the problem reemerges. It will not go away. So we say, "Okay, this is not an easy problem. This is going to be a long, hard slog. Many lives will be lost in trying to solve this problem. But we are not going to give up. We are going to solve this problem. You see, we are very used to trying to force solutions. Yet solutions that are forced are never solutions at all. They are simply postponements.
Do you know the definition of insanity? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting to get a different result.
The sadness of humanity is that we are forever ready to settle for postponements in place of solutions. Only primitive cultures and primitive beings do that. Highly evolved beings would never, ever settle for a ten thousand year postponement in the solving of their largest problem. Here on this planet we have never really faced the largest problem of humanity head on. Indeed, we are still attempting to solve the world's problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists.
The problem is a spiritual problem. It has to do with what people believe. It has to do with what they believe about Life, about God, and most of all, about themselves.
This problem of beliefs creates a condition of hopelessness, helplessness, anger, and rebellion. That condition produces a circumstance --- inevitably produces a circumstance --- of run-away violence. The problem of beliefs is a problem which all of us have helped to create. This is true because all of us have beliefs. And all of us pass on those beliefs to others, to our children and our grandchildren and our neigbors and our friends.
We join together to create a Cultural Story…and that Cultural Story is what creates the Conditions which produce the Circumstances that we are trying to eliminate and to avoid. But we cannot eliminate them and we cannot avoid them until we eliminate and avoid the beliefs that created them.
And that is our work, my wonderful friends. That is our job. We are being invited to change the Cultural Story that created the Conditions that produce the Circumstances we seek to avoid.
The biggest change? The one that would create the largest shift in humanity’s experience of itself—and in the threat that our species poses to itself. The idea that We Are All One. This is the New Story we must tell ourselves. This is the New Idea we must articulate, embrace, and spread.
That is the mission of Humanity’s Team. And it can only be done step by step, one person, one moment, at a time. Yet it can be done. It is a matter of raising consciousness. It is a matter of creating awareness. It is a matter of producing new hope in the hearts of people across the globe. Hope that the beliefs which drive the engine of humanity’s currently self-destructive behaviors can be altered, expanded, transformed.
I hope you will become part of this effort.
Neale Donald WalschPosted Май 30th, 2009 by Neale Donald Walsch