The World Is In You

“You are not in the world, the world is in you” Deepak Chopra

I had heard this before but what it made it different this time was the context in which he put it. I had always heard it in terms of spiritual enlightenment. I had taken it to mean that when you achieve “enlightenment” you are still physically in this world but your spirit has reached a higher plane and exist outside this world. To me that meant the trials and tribulations of this physical world no longer mattered, or maybe it mattered but no longer affected, those who were now “enlightenment” That is what it meant to me, if I had to articulate the thought before I heard it put in a new perspective. That is what shifted for me after hearing Dr Chopra explained it – the perspective in which I viewed “the world is in you.”

This world is composed of energy. Think of the old question – if a tree falls in a forest does it make a sound. It makes a vibration that can be interrupted by our ears as a sound. So if there is no one there, then where is the sound? There is only the potential of a sound with the vibration generated by the falling tree. So everything – absolutely everything that we human beings interact with in this world is interrupted by our senses. That is the new shift I had around this statement. I can not see this world without my eyes; therefore everything I see is filtered by my sense of sight and then interrupted by my brain. Every bit of the energy vibration of this world is only experienced by me through my senses. So in that sense the entire world is within me because only through my own sense can I interact with this physical world. This is shown to me quite often as my husband and I see color very differently. I have a wider range of color perception than he does. He also experiences a wider range of sound nuances than I do.

So is it any wonder there are so many misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and miscommunications every day with each of us having our own unique experience of the world? It is also amazing that we can find a place of understanding and communications so fairly often. That even with those unique experiences we can find a way to connect and expand who and what we are.

So really what does this all mean on a daily basis? Just that you can never truly understand what another person is experiencing. They can explain it and perhaps you can get some of it but to truly understand their experience you must experience the world through the senses. That is not likely to happen yet. Although I do believe that we may find a way to achieve that someday. So the awareness that you may not understand what another is experiencing is critical thing to have. You can never understand someone until you walk a mile in his shoes… and hear with his ears, see with his eyes, and interpret with his brain. So as you go through your days know that what everyone around you is experiencing is there own interpretation of this world and it may not be at all like yours and that doesn’t make it wrong – just different.

In love and light

What Are the Priorities?

Ever been in one of those places in your life where you say to yourself, “OK. You can stop the ride now because I really want to get off?” So what do you do when you are in that place? For me, it is mostly putting my head down and doing only the next thing, finishing that one thing and doing the next thing, mostly at the last minute (or late. Hmmmmm). However, when I’m in that space I usually feel vastly overwhelmed and like I’m drowning all the time. I know this feeling is really bad when I retreat inside myself and shut out everything. I do mind numbing activities so my brain is not screaming at me all the time. The electricity bill goes up in the house as the “check your brain at the door” movies are watched, computer games are played, and the internet is searched for something to focus on. Not a really elegant solution, and it tends to prolong the feeling.

What I’m beginning to realize is that I get in these spaces from always doing, doing, doing, and not the fun kinds of doing. It’s the “shoulds” and the “musts” and the “obligations” that I do. These create a space for me which is one of constant “work” and no play. Eventually what happens is the little girl child in me gets sick of no play and digs her feet in, kicking and screaming along the way, until she is satisfied that she has had enough play. Believe me, this is not conducive to a balanced and harmonious life! Unfortunately, I tend to realize this after I’m in the midst of the little girl’s tantrum and I am only released when she has had enough fun. That’s my current story. I’m sticking to it. (Hmmmmmm)

It seems everything that I do for fun somehow or another ends up as a job or work. In makes sense in my mind, after all, if I love doing it, shouldn’t I make money doing it so that I can do more of it and have fun at the same time? What happens is that, as soon as I decide that is the case, there is a switch that happens in my head that goes from “FUN” to “OBLIGATION.” When that happens I start dragging my feet and all those things that I used to do that gave me enjoyment and balanced my life are now “chores” and I have just added “work” to my plate and day. As the day fills up with “work,” the little girl starts tapping her feet again waiting for play time. Sigh. I forget what fun these activities were before they become work. So does she.

Like all things, the solution to this challenge is a perspective shift. A change in beliefs about “work” and “play.” It is a movement from “should do” to “choose to do.” For me, it is also a reminder that the time of my days is best filled with priorities. Those things that are a joyful and heart filling. We all have things that we do because they must get done (laundry is always the first things I think of here. It just never ends!) and yet this does not need to be (and should not be) the focus of my daily life. I can choose to fit the “chores” in around the “joys” and not the other way around. I remember when I was beginning to create my daily spiritual practice and I thought, “How am I going to fit this into my life?” The answer was I don’t fit my practice in my life, I fit my life into my practice. Same answer for the challenge. I fit my life into my priorities.

In love and light