We live in a world of duality: night and day, light and dark, male and female, love and hate, right and left, up and down, rich and poor, the list goes on. But these exist within the realm of the physical world. There is duality in the physical world, but the ultimate duality is the physical and nonphysical…the seen and unseen. Because we see the physical world with our senses, the illusion is that it’s all that exists. We base and judge everything on what we can see, touch, taste, hear or smell; and seeing is believing. But they are two sides of the same coin.
The nonphysical world is the energetic world. Yes, physically we are separate, but energetically, we are one. And because we are one, we are constantly influencing each other…for better or worse. To view the world as us and them, yours and mine, is to create separation. Disconnection harbors fear and hatred. When we shift our awareness to one of helping others, we can create positive change in the world. It’s the greatest paradox of life: we truly are one…one heart, one mind; and believing is seeing.
Last week we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. A day that honors a man who represents unity and integration. He fought against segregation through acts of nonviolence and civil disobedience. He fought for freedom and equality, and with his love for humanity, he left a legacy of serving others. He dedicated his life to helping others, shaking up our nation and waking up our consciousness. I am reminded of these words:
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
What are you doing for others? It truly is a profound question we must ask ourselves in the stillness of our own hearts. When you do for others, you are connecting; and what you do for others will unify you and the world around you. Reaching out and helping another living being is compassion in action; it is Love.
The transformational power of helping others is illustrated in another upcoming holiday, Groundhog Day. While the day itself is somewhat innocuous (unless you live in Punxsutawney, PA!), I think of its namesake, the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. It’s a fantasy film about a cynical, self-absorbed weatherman (Bill Murray) who gets caught in a time loop. He wakes up every morning to Groundhog Day, and lives out the same day over and over again. After his initial confusion and panic, he starts to use his knowledge of predicting the future to his advantage. Knowing there are no consequences for his actions, he watches for every opportunity he can to advance his own self interests. One of his interests is to gain the affection of his producer (Andie MacDowell). He tries to win her over, manipulating every circumstance. Stuck in this endless loop, the turning point comes when he finally lets his guard down and opens his heart. (Spoiler alert!) He ends up using his ability to know the future to help people instead of take advantage of them. His constant effort to be of service is what inevitably breaks the time loop and creates a new path of love in his life. It’s a fun movie.
We all experience highs and lows. The best thing to do when you’re in a funk, feeling low, is to do something for someone else. We are all in this together, none of us stands alone. And we need to help each other. When you take the focus off yourself and your problems, and place it on someone else, miracles happen. This is what unites us and keeps us connected.
We never know when disaster will strike. All around the world, there are people struggling: wars, poverty, hunger, disease, terrorism, and natural disasters. But you don’t have to go far to find someone in need. It could be a friend or family member who is going through a tough time, or a stranger you pass on the street. Sometimes all you need to give is a smile.
The physical world is finite. If you have ten dollars and give it away, then you are left with none; it makes you not want to give. But the energetic world operates on a different system: it is like a flame. If you have one lit candle and you use it to light another, you will then have two lit candles. The more you share the light, the brighter it grows…and we all benefit. Let’s choose the infinite, energetic mindset.
Challenge for the week: Serve others
Think of ways you can help someone else. We live in such a busy world that it’s often hard to think of anything other than what we need: what we need to do, where we need to go…checking off our to do list. When we slow down a little, become grounded and present in our bodies, we have the chance to see the world in a new way. We are in the moment and better able to observe the opportunities around us to help. Here are some ways to get started:
Volunteer your time and effort
Donate money or goods
Look for what’s needed in your family or community
Share your gifts and talents
Reach out to someone
Be present for another living being – offer your attention, a hug or a smile
Start small. What interests you? Children, animals, the environment, the elderly, the hungry, the sick. One small act can change a life; a little goes a long way. And remember, we are all one.
Have a great week! Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below.