The Mindshifters group on Tuesdy watched the first half of the Michael Ryce lecture titled, On Creating Consciously. This lecture takes a look at the process by which each of us creates our internal reality and how this literaly shapes our experience of the world. Using the analogy of someone who knows nothing about metal, motors, airplanes, or anything mechanical, who comes upon a spinning airplane propeller, Dr. Ryce demonstrates the process by which we form our impressions of the world around us.
For example if someone sees a spinning airplane propeller and it is spinning fast enough, they will not be able to see the individual blades which make up the propeller and the propeller will appear to them to be a solid object. In much the same way, because our eyes cannot detect the speed of movement and the different energies which make up the “physical human body”, we believe that what we are seeing is solid and very limited, when in fact it is not solid and no where near as limited as we believe.
So, we have discussed the idea of needing to question whatever it is we think we know, in order to be open to learning new things. We discussed how the lecture on A Course In Miracles makes a major point about how it is our limited perception which causes most of the pain, suffering and misunderstanding in our world. An example in the lecture is how limiting and destructive it is to look at another person and believe you know them. How limiting and incorrect it is to look at someone and believe that they are just a body. The act of looking at someone and making the decision that you know them, without even being able to see, hear, feel, or perceive in any way all the energies which emanate from them, is truly silly.
Our scientists are just now developing scans which can begin to map the processes of the human brain. Within the past twenty years the physical sciences have been making discoveries which bring into question or downright disprove things which I was taught as “hard science” when I was in high school and college. So the fact that we are still discovering new levels of understanding about our physical bodies and the world we live in, should give us all the evidence we need to understand that we do not know enough to say we, “know” a person. We have barely begun to understand the true nature of our physical world and the energies which comprise our physical experience.
During our last group one of the members commented that the act of looking at someone and labeling them a person, or believing you “know” them, or thinking that they are just a body, is like taking a cup of water from the ocean and studying it and then saying you “know” the ocean. It is ludicrous to think that by looking at a cup of water from the ocean we can understand the experience of the ocean, with all of its life forms, its depths, waves, tides, and power. Yet we do something similar each time we look at a person and label them based on what we perceive as their body. The limited perception allowed by our senses does not allow us to see much more of who a person is by looking at their body, than we can see of the ocean by looking at a cup of ocean water.
I challenge us all to question our perception and our conclusions each time we look at another person, and open to the possibility that what we see in the person’s body and their actions is no more the total of what they are, than the cup of water is the total of what the ocean is.
We come from Love, we are made of Love, we are Love. Everything else is false.