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You May Be Right, I May Be Crazy

“When you look back on what you consider to be your history, you will note, with rare exceptions, that the human race has been consistent, across the barriers of culture, in denouncing their fellow men for their differences. It is presumed that if one is correct in one’s perceptions and thus knows them to be truth, the differing perceptions of another being therefore constitutes falsehood. It has only begun to dawn on the collective consciousness that the countless differences in perspective amongst you are not evidence of a world of falsehood, but rather are proof of the infinite levels of Divine truth, personified by the presence of each of you.” Oneness by Rasha

Well, what are we supposed to make of THAT? We grow up being told, in no uncertain terms, there is RIGHT and there is WRONG. “Who says?” we ask as kids, “who decides what’s RIGHT and what’s WRONG?” Depending on what your parents were taught, chances are you got their party line, whatever that is: religion, science, a political party, the justice system, moral philosophers, ethicists. But from whence did they draw their conclusions?

PERCEPTION

Perception (per·cep·tion noun /pərˈsepSHən/)

perceptions, plural:

–The ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses(e.g., the normal limits to human perception).

–The state of being or process of becoming aware of something in such a way(e.g.,the perception of pain).

–A way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression (e.g.,Hollywood’s perception of the tastes of the American public;  we need to challenge many popular perceptions of old age).

–Intuitive understanding and insight(e.g.,“He wouldn’t have accepted,” said my mother with unusual perception).

–The neurophysiological processes, including memory, by which an organism becomes aware of and interprets external stimuli

What if a new paradigm is emerging in which RIGHT /WRONG, GOOD /BAD, TRUE /FALSE are understood to be value judgments based in perception? What if the conclusions of the collective consciousness about RIGHT and WRONG are now more of a hindrance than a help in guiding our efforts to make our world a safe, peaceful, joyful and abundant place to live? What if the moral absolutes we dogmatically serve actually confine and constrain our evolution as spiritual beings? What if those “absolutes” are nothing more than beliefs?

 Okay, that’s just crazy talk, RIGHT? Maybe not. Belief is the basis for perception. Maybe if we understand why we believe the things we believe, we can start examining how those beliefs may be hurting rather than helping us, both individually and collectively.

The secret to making that examination effective is objectivity. Objectivity is the result of stepping out of emotion. The trick is identifying when a belief holds strong emotion for us and being willing to, for a moment, release the emotional attachment to that belief.

I’m not suggesting we stop feeling. The emotional component of our humanness gives our lives texture and depth; it’s the elemental aspect of a sense of meaning and profound experience. I am, however, suggesting that for the purpose of this exercise, we learn to recognize when a strong emotion is clouding our objectivity and become willing to set aside the feeling in order to open the mind to other possibilities. Thinking a new thought will not kill you. But it can raise enough fear to make you believe it can.

And there’s the rub. All of the beliefs that support unloving thoughts and behaviors are based in fear. Fear shapes perception. So does love. Fear screams RIGHT or WRONG, GOOD or EVIL, WINNER or LOSER, LIFE or DEATH! Love asks, peace or conflict, abundance or lack, joy or pain, inclusive or exclusive, whole or separate? Again, it’s our nature to evaluate and discern; in fact, this is a great place to use those skills to examine, objectively, the beliefs that shape our perception. In the conscious evolution process, using those skills from a loving perspective yields a very different result from using them from a fearful perspective.

Fear would have us believe that our safety lies somewhere outside of ourselves (and then, interestingly enough, tells us we can’t trust anyone else), that to be safe we must lock things down/up. It whispers that if we can just keep things under our control, everything will be fine. Love says everything IS fine, it’s only the belief/perception that it isn’t that causes conflict.

I hear the protests, “Wait. How can you say everything is fine when there’s a world of evidence to the contrary? And don’t give me that ‘there’s no RIGHT and WRONG’ crap; without a set of rules based in RIGHT and WRONG, everything falls apart! What about the murderers, rapists, thieves, destroyers of the earth—aren’t they WRONG?”

What if there were circumstances or conditions under which each of those acts could be viewed from a different perspective? Not as justification, but simply from the recognition that people/places/things/events just ARE—it’s how we think about them that gives us the experience. We assign value and judgment, based on, as one of the above definitions of perception offers, “The neurophysiological processes, including memory, by which an organism becomes aware of and interprets external stimuli.”

As the evolution of human consciousness moves us all forward into territory previously reserved for the Enlightened Masters, we can go kicking and screaming or we can relax, open to new possibilities and ride the wave joyfully, awake and excited as we choose the fulfillment of human potential. Either way, we’re set to experience the limitation inherent in fear-based consciousness and the limitlessness inherent in love-based consciousness. If you don’t believe it, look around the world and get clear about where fear is running the show and where love is running the show. Don’t be deceived by the use of the words; simply note what’s falling apart and what’s staying together. Note where holding a party line to the bitter end has resulted in pain and suffering and where flexibility and the willingness to do something different has resulted in solutions that are beneficial and support our Family of Man.

For the first time in human history (that we know of…) there’s a merging of science and spirituality that reflects the shift in consciousness towards the recognition of the inter-connectedness of all life. Quantum physics has opened the door to explanations supporting what mystics through the ages have known; there’s only One of us here. With that perception, every challenge we face in human form can be met and answered from infinite possibilities that become identifiable.

As we mature spiritually (read become willing to embrace our connection), the incredible technology that already exits and that which is on the horizon become the tools for building “a new earth.” We can inhabit this Garden of Eden as it was given to us, with no strings attached, for the sheer joy and fulfillment as the creative beings we ARE!

 (Note: ONENESSThe Divinity we all share.)