There’s something creative at the very core of you. And this consciousness – this sum total of your perceptions, expectations and beliefs - seeks only one thing and that’s to prove that it’s right (whether or not it’s right).
A consciousness deeply rooted in lack tends to direct one toward evidence of lack. A consciousness deeply rooted in victimhood tends to direct one toward evidence of victimhood. And the opposite is equally true: a consciousness deeply rooted in plenty tends to direct one toward evidence of plenty and a consciousness deeply rooted in worth tends to direct one toward evidence of worth.
You see, spiritual law (the activity of consciousness, if you will) is benign. It doesn’t care how you use it. But you should care very deeply. For it’s entirely possible to construct a limited life from the faulty foundation of a consciousness rooted in partial truths or outright lies.
Think about it. From that first moment when your little eyes squinted past those bright lights to discern the forms of your early co-adventurers, you were stamped with the partial truth of gender, the partial truth of ethnicity, the partial truth of circumstance, even the partial truth of a best-if-used by date. And because you were quite young at the time of your birth - completely lacking in discernment - you accepted these stamps and the construction process began.
You see, we’re like the eagle, hatched into the chicken pen only to grow up believing he was a chicken, destined to squawk around the barnyard pecking at random pieces of corn. For each of us is unlimited soul stuff, hatched into the human pen only to grow up believing that we’re gendered bags of carbon and atoms sloshing around a tiny planet for a few wild spins around a dying star.
I love today’s young people. I love today’s young people for they’re not so willing to continue pretending that unlimited soul stuff conforms to such tidy boxes today. And the partial truths such as gender and ethnicity and condition are being revealed as inadequate before our very eyes.
To the point, so deeply rooted was the eagle in his chicken-ness that even when the hawk tried to convince him of his potential, the eagle proved his chicken-ness. Even when the owl tried to convince him of his potential, the eagle proved his chicken-ness. His consciousness was doing what consciousness does – it seeks to prove that it’s right (whether or not it’s right).
You see, consciousness is like a lens – consciousness tends to act as an aperture through which you perceive your world and everything in it. So, in a very real sense, we don’t really see the world as it is. We see the world as we are. We see our own consciousness expressed on the canvas of our worlds.
So, if you want to perceive a new world, you’ll have to become willing to get a bigger idea of your world; you’ll have to become willing to get a new lens.
I have to believe that this is what the writer meant when he penned the great quote, “The most important decision you will ever make is whether you live in a friendly universe or an unfriendly universe.” I have to believe that the writer understood the workings of consciousness.
It’s a quote often attributed to Einstein but frankly, I’m going through a skeptical period when it comes to media so I’ll just say, “I have to believe that this is what the writer meant,” and let that be good enough for today
And never before have we enjoyed such a beautiful metaphor for this activity. Think about Facebook for a minute. No matter your position on a matter – and no matter how obscure your position on a matter – Facebook immediately begins to support your position with scholarly statistics, with compelling articles, with scientific evidence, all while surrounding you with warm sympathizers who will affirm your view. Grammar school doesn’t seem to be a prerequisite for some of these warm sympathizers but I digress – there they are nonetheless. Never before has it been so quick, so convenient and so easy to be right (whether or not you’re right).
And it doesn’t end with understandable partial truths. I’m sure many in this room can relate to the countless outright lies of the human experience.
So, here’s the real point. In truth, each of us is always sourcing consciousness. In one way or another, we have been from the very beginning. So, our task is to do so – not with the partial truths or outright lies of an unwitting world – but with the eternal and evident truths of an awakening mind, that we might begin to construct lives upon sold ground instead of shifting sands.
And that’s why I do what I do for a living.
I work in consciousness for I believe that it’s from consciousness that all lasting change will rise. It’s through a sweeping evolution in that sum total of perceptions, expectations and beliefs that we will realize a sustainable future on this planet. It was that most-famous of Rabbis who’s reported to have cautioned against putting new wines in old wineskins. I like to think that he was speaking to these activities of consciousness. A new experience will not rise from an old consciousness. If we want an evolved experience, we have to start with a new lens.
You see, my work isn’t to argue weapons. My work is to encourage humanity toward a consciousness so deeply rooted in the oneness of all of life – in the divine brotherhood, the divine sisterhood of our being-ness - that weapons become completely pointless.
My work isn’t to argue vegetarianism. My work is to encourage humanity toward a consciousness so deeply rooted in the sacredness of all life, so rooted in the profound privilege and the deep beauty of incarnation itself that human greed becomes an unthinkable justification for cruelty in any form.
My work isn’t to argue immigration. My work is to encourage humanity toward a consciousness so deeply rooted in the truth of our existence, not as gendered ethnicities standing on distant shores, but as a global family gallivanting shoulder-to-shoulder through a transient experience in form, that we eventually accept each other as we truly are – all immigrants in God’s universe.
My work isn’t to put new wines in old wineskins. My work isn’t to dabble at the level of effect. My work is to encourage humanity to source consciousness with ideas so eternally and universally true that we become vehicles for a world of unity, wholeness, plenty, sustainability and yes – peace.