What does Unity mean to you?
Togetherness? Cohesion? Coherence? Collaboration? Consensus? All of these things? If so, might you be beginning from an improper place, the illusion that there are separate components from the start? Consider, is Unity our final goal or perhaps the natural state?
From our physical / material origin we are one with our parents, the product of two separate individuals combining their contributions to create one being. But the real gift of life is the mysterious ‘spark’ that enlivens us, introducing that spiritual essence that moves us from being a biological mass to a human being. Recognizing this, are we acknowledging that we are ‘one’ with some life-giving power that is way beyond our understanding?
A common term for newborns is ‘Innocents’. We are likely innocent because we haven’t yet been contaminated and we bask in this pure, creator-induced state until the world intrudes upon our innocence. What comes to mind is the analogy of pure water vapor in the atmosphere that condenses into rainfall, descends to earth, seeking to fulfill its purpose of sustaining nature, being life and growth in all its glory.
As it does so, it transforms through contaminants into something quite different and usually less pure than its original state. It might complete its cycle in a relatively pristine state but it’s much more likely that it will be almost unrecognizable at points along the way. Yet it is finally transformed, once again, into pure water vapor.
It becomes identical with the pure idea that formed it in the first place, the concept of water in material form.
Viewed in this light, is Unity simply this pure concept and our real identity? Is not everything else in our awareness just contamination, not a part of who we actually are? Are we, simply, a composite illusion in our material form? If so, then perfection is already ours and all we need to do is rid ourselves of the contaminating elements that we’ve accrued along the way.
How practical is all this? How can such revelations improve our ongoing experience of life?
It all boils down to what is actually real in our perspectives – the way we frame the world around us, and in our perceptions – the importance we attach to our awareness. These largely determine our responses to whatever impacts upon us. In his book “Man’s Search for Meaning”, author Viktor Frankl quotes, “Between stimulus and response lies a space. In that space lie our freedom and power to choose a response. In our response lies our growth and our happiness.”
The growth imperative, which is difficult to ignore because it alone represents life as we know it, informs us that there is but one way forward. If reclaiming Unity with the Creator / Source’s tendency to perfection is our goal in life, then we need to be real, to follow the Way already ordained.
Let us move forward together, in Unity.