Tuesday, September 8, 2015

One Consciousness - One Mind

Extinction of the human species is a threatening concept that our society refuses to acknowledge. 

The systemic and metastatic conundrums we face have evolved over the past couple of centuries. During this time frame, our behavior toward one another has led to the gradual degradation and deterioration of our planet. 

Our global imploding has been exacerbated by an unremitting greed, a paralysis of will, clouded ecclesiastical vision, and willful ignorance.

For the past century, the primary message from environmental scientist has been that we cannot secede from nature.

Margaret Mead stated, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it's the only thing that ever has."

We have forgotten our connection; we have traded our oneness for the illusion of isolated person-hood. This is a deleterious, erroneous belief that individuality is all we are. 

As stated in the documentary, '11th Hour', "There is a fundamental illusion in the world that somehow we are separate from nature. The reality is that we are part of nature, in fact, we are nature."

"This is the fundamental misunderstanding in the world that is causing so much havoc. Our culture is built on the assumption that we are the superior life form on Earth; that we are separate from all other life forms; that we've been given dominion over all other life forms."

To think that we are separate from nature is a thinking disorder and is the basic reason as to why we are living in total disharmony with the planet.

Albert Einstein clearly saw that our survival depends on a transition from the sense of the isolated self to an expanded level of awareness that includes all sentient beings. 

Einstein on Optical Illusion of Separateness

"A human being is part of the whole, called by us 'universe', a part limited in time and space. He experiences his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest - a kind of optical delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal decisions and to the affection of a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

Time and again, Einstein spoke about this thing called "an optical delusion of consciousness," namely, the illusion of human separateness.

This is the belief of human beings that each one of us is essentially and inexorably isolated beings, alone in a threatening universe, and that we must as a result spend our lives building up and aggressively defending our "selves" against "others."

Einstein went on to say, "the true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self."

In a 1950 TV interview with Eleanor Roosevelt, Einstein elaborated on the theme of this illusion.

"The idea of achieving security through armament is a disastrous illusion. If it is successful, radioactive poisoning of the atmosphere and hence annihilation of any life on earth has been brought within the range of possibility. In the end, there beckons more and more clearly general annihilation. Is there any way out of this impasse created by man himself?"

"We should realize that we may have vanquished an external enemy, but have been incapable of getting rid of the mentality created by the war."

In a letter to President Truman in 1950, Einstein wrote:

"I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."