We are all one.
When you get past these physical bodies we identify ourselves as, the communities and affiliations you and I place ourselves within, and any other identifications you can imagine — we are the same.
At our core, we are Universal source energy. It doesn’t matter if you are male, female, fat, thin, Christian, atheist, American, Korean, or whatever other labels you can think of. At our core, to our deepest level of existence — you and I are just energy and the same as one another.
There are numerous reasons for the stratifications we have in modern society. All these artifices that get employed to create not just individual identity, but group identity, get turned into something that’s ultimately disempowering.
This is ironic since most of these artifices are intent on empowerment. We get so caught up in this that you and I end up frequently divided into “us” and “them.”
When I wrote about this previously, I intended to discuss how both sides of “us” and “them” are hurtful to our existence. Ironically, in the process of writing this, I have come to realize that instead, I played right into “us” versus “them” — exactly opposite the intent of the article.
“Us” versus “Them” Is A Lie
The impact of “us” versus “them” harms our life paths.
While my point was that the concept is a lie — and causes harm between people — I still wound up very much expressing the ideas of “us” and “them” over unity and WE.
So long as we place ourselves in one camp or another — rather than coming together as one — healing the divisions is close to impossible.
Instead of getting caught up in “us” and “them” focus on “we” I want to take a different approach to this
We the people
The United States Constitution begins thus:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Despite the imperfections of the framers of the Constitution and a slave-owning nation of the time — these words are important. The whole idea is that WE as a singular unit come together to create something great for EVERYONE.
That’s super easy to lose sight of when so many of our leaders love to divide and conquer. But then, let’s face it — that’s history. Lots and lots of worldwide history.
You and I have the power to be WE. You and I are empowered to draw more people into this. That can close the gaps and remove the artificial divisions between us.
This requires us to stop fighting one another, stop seeing each other through imperfect lenses, and open real dialogues between us.
When all is said and done, what people desire is to have freedom, prosperity, health, and wellbeing. Nobody truly wants anyone else to suffer. So long as you and I keep mindsets of “us” and “them” we set ourselves up to be duly manipulated into these divisions.
Our leaders won’t change this. Why? Because the more you and I become WE the more we’re empowered. When you and I are more empowered we don’t need them quite so much. Too many “in power” are convinced their power only comes from disempowering everyone else.
You and I as separate entities are easy to divide. Working together for the greater good WE are more empowered and are not easily divided at all.
There is positivity in being we
One of the largest issues in the “us” versus “them” narrative is how negative it is.
When you choose a side — which tends to be “us” for everyone as an individual — you set up a negative narrative.
And yes, given my previous “us” versus “them” essay, I recognize the irony of my above statement.
This is why today I am writing about the focus on WE. Let’s face it — our individual perceptions of self are based in our illusion of reality.
I share this Einstein quote a lot — but it’s utterly applicable here,
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”
What that means is that how you and I perceive reality is utterly individual. My perception of reality might line up with yours — or it might not. Even where they do align — there can be vast variations because of the differences in who we are.
Everyone has life experiences. Good, bad, indifferent, planned, unplanned, what-have-you. Everyone had a unique experience as to what and how life is. Which is what Einstein, I think, was getting at.
Because of our unique, illusionary perceptions of reality — we create categories that range from individual to huge groups. Man, woman, nonbinary are examples of the individual. Americans, Muslims, and black people are examples of the groups. From these perceived groupings and their differences comes the creation of “us” and “them.”
Yet despite all those differences — and more — everyone desires to have positive things in our lives. Peace, freedom, prosperity, joy, caring, kindness, empathy, understanding, and the like. All the good that is possible is what everyone desires.
WE ALL DESIRE GOOD. And that is a tremendous positive that is most evident in being WE.
Pause and reflect
I get frustrated when I see people choosing things that will hurt people. Laws being made to disempower, cops getting away with racist murder in the “line of duty,” greedy leaders in business, politics, and religion taking and giving nothing back — and all the other artifices breaking people into “us” and “them.”
It’s easy to fall into this trap (as evidenced by my previous article). This is why it’s imperative to pause and reflect on how WE are all one and not, truly, “us” or “them.”
The thing is — I can’t do anything about how anyone else thinks, feels, or acts. While I am not saying that we can just forget some of the atrocities we’re seeing, you and I can choose to continue to be apart — and focus on “us” versus “them” — or how to come together as we.
I get to decide to act to close the divides and bridge the gaps in how I focus on and work with people. You have the same choice. WE can alter this and shift the collective consciousness towards being more WE than “us” and “them.” But only by doing our parts individually.
You and I have always been stronger together. But you and I need to recognize and work with that first as individuals. The positivity that can be made by just being WE and disregarding “us” or “them” is tremendous. That, then, can change the world for the better.
Focusing on seeing and being part of WE isn’t hard
It begins with mindfulness of your thoughts, feelings, actions, and intentions.
Knowing that, though we might be individuals, “us” and “them” are artifices — you and I can begin with ourselves to put more energy into being WE. When you act to cross the gaps, close the divides, and work with people from a more inclusive mindset of we, that ultimately empowers you and me.
When we feel empowered, our mindfulness increases, you and I become more aware overall, and that gets reflected and spreads to more people. This creates a feedback loop of awareness and positivity. A feedback loop WE all can take part in.
Then, we build more positive feelings and discover further reasons to feel positivity and gratitude. That can be the impetus to improve numerous aspects of our lives for the better, help overcome the overwhelming negativity of any current situation, and generate yet more positivity and gratitude.
We are worthy and deserving of all the good we desire.
An attitude of gratitude is an attitude of pure positivity. That positivity can generate even greater positive energies — and that is always worthwhile.
Originally published at https://titaniumdon.com on April 19, 2021.