There is a well of deep acceptance continually flowing within the human heart. Few uncover this stream of infinite inner peace, love and joy. For nearly all of us, this joy and peace is obscured by strong beliefs and thoughts of being a separate and distinct person. We believe we are located within the concepts of time and space and we identity as being a personal self.
What was just described is the normal operating system for nearly all humans… yet there is another, more joyful, more peaceful foundational belief from which to live. Most have been encouraged by society to overlook this peaceful place within our hearts, and instead, focus on our mental thinking processes.
I found the answer to my fears and panic within the teachings of the Perennial Wisdom Teachings. The ancient writings are known as the philosophia perennis, an early nineteenth-century phrase that points towards a shared universal truth that echoes within all of the world religions. I had no idea that Jesus the Christ, the Buddha, Rumi the Poet, and Lao Tzu were all pointing towards the same infinite, edgeless, seamless, eternal Truth…we are not separate beings, there is only Oneness, a Unicity, seemingly appearing.
Just to drill down a bit further, we are taught as children to know “ourselves” as separate beings operating from shared, learned beliefs and concepts. The personal self is taught to name, label, and describe appearances using mental knowings. The human brain likes comparing a “me” to a “you.” The mental self believes it is separate from other selves and living within a tangible world of 8 billion other selves. On the other hand, we have the capacity to perceive reality differently. This other perspective is without separation; yet noticing how “what is appearing” or, Life, is unfolding effortlessly as this edgeless, empty, unicity, an awareness and aliveness that is infinite, outside of a mental time and space, and is not separate and personal. This is the unitive, oneness perspective of all the great sages.
Some pilgrims have witnessed the epic shift of perspective thus experiencing a new seeing, a new understanding of unicity, wholeness, oneness. This unified perspective of seeing (and being) delivers a deep and unshakable peace.
Reading these essays, I encourage you to observe and listen with your heart…see and feel how easily human minds create an imaginary personal self where none exists. I know, it seems crazy. It’s not.