Our dualistic mind wants to fill with ‘doing’, achievements and accomplishments. It fills with notions of success against another’s loss, poisoning us to ‘have more’. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara’s Academy Award winning documentary, The Fog of War, details how our lack of awareness sucks us into conflict. He strongly advises those who follow him to find their greatest military strength in ‘empathizing with the enemy’. This is another way of saying ‘cultivate your sense of Oneness’. As Christ has advised, “Love your enemy”. The dualistic mind fights this notion.
We’re often carried away in our need to be ‘right’. The human race exists today because one man, Tommy Thompson, created a way for Kruchev to back down from nuclear war without losing face. Ted Sorenson and Robert McNamara both confirm we were as close to nuclear annihilation as we’ve ever come. In today’s media world we’re fed through angry rhetoric that feeds the dualistic mind. It’s hard to find those willing to carry a ‘curious conversation’. Rumi has said, “Somewhere out there is a field…a field beyond right knowing and wrong knowing. Let’s meet there.” This is the field of the curious mind filled with wonder and gratitude for what’s presented ‘here and now’. This is a field that needs a lot of obedience to the cultivating process.
We’re continually fed news from the dualistic mind that forever focuses on ‘what’s wrong’. The common discourse comes from the judgmental mind screaming what needs to be done, often deaf to any possibility for dialogue and discovery. Our children are numbed to sleep with TV, cell phones, computer games and social network dribble that moves us further from awareness to our Oneness. Yet, our great spiritual teachers say we’re here to ‘wake up’, not go to sleep. In fact, ‘buddha’ means ‘to wake up’. So back to the top, recognizing that the universe changes when you breath in a sense of wonder, a sense of Oneness. This is why we’re here, to discover the power of the Divine within each and every one of us.
Can you imagine the power we have when facing our moment to moment experience from a sense of wonder? Breathing in this moment, sense Oneness with the tree, the plate, the floor, the person in your presence, etc. Now take it to the next level and breathe in Oneness in the presence of your enemy. This is the strength practiced by Mandela, Gandhi, Dr. King, Mother Theresa, Walesa and other spiritual Avatars who’ve shaped history in our evolution of consciousness. A sense of Oneness can’t comprehend a calculation of ‘acceptable collateral damage’ in war. It doesn’t understand the notion of killing for sport and pleasure. A heart that’s removed the obstacles to Oneness meets All from a sense of reverence. The deeper we cultivate our felt sense of interconnection the less harm we do. At the end of the day the real question of success is asked from the position of support. How have I supported others? How have I held gratitude for their support of me? How have I caused trouble from my dualistic mind?
The mind of Twoness is drawn by greed, fear and ignorance. The mind of Oneness aims to generosity, compassion, love, courage, and the curious mind, the mind of wonder.
So today, how do I feed the mind of Awareness to Oneness? How do I feed the mind to Twoness? My peace comes in knowing the Universe expands and heals with each breath in of Oneness, of wonder. Breathing in you, breathing out me, touching our Oneness outside notions of time and space.