The world we inhabit is a vast mirror-world, reflecting back to us our collective and personal energies. Where we experience harmony in the world, we are in alignment inside of ourselves. Where we experience great conflict, we are at odds with ourselves.
Our reality is so much more fluid than most of us are ready to accept. I include myself in that statement because I too struggle with embracing the fluidity of life. This fluidity ripples across both the materialized and non-materialized reality. When we focus on the materialized world, our left-brain, analytical-side basks in the rational. When we get a glimpse or breakthrough experience into the non-materialized world, our hearts and souls light up.
Along the way, there can be misguided efforts to reside entirely here or there, but such efforts will always be fruitless because we always exist in the wholeness of the All That Is. The materialized and non-materialized worlds are simply two sides of the same mirror. Our consciousness is always and forever intertwined with both “sides” simultaneously. Indeed, you could say that our very purpose is to hold the two in balance.
This is as wondrous as it is mysterious and confusing. Life often resembles a hall of mirrors. How can we find our way through a place overflowing with seemingly endless illusion and distortion?
One not-so-simple answer is to live a heartful and heart-centered life. To accept ourselves and those we love fully and completely. To become One with ourselves first, which inherently leads us towards Oneness with others.
I visited Taos New Mexico in 2015 for the first time. There I encountered the Taos Mountain.
At first, the encounter was merely visual, one stunning view among so many others. That changed as my brief visit came to an end. As I drove out of Taos, filled with so many mixed and unexpected emotions, the mountain made itself known to me.
Only later would I come to understand that the Taos Mountain has long been believed to be the home of a great spirit, or a great many spirits.
As I left the Taos area, I started thinking about how to get back that way, and soon. For a moment, I wondered what it would be like to live there. In response, it felt as if the Mountain said to me – “Be One Thing”. As if to say – you may return when you are One with Yourself.
And so I set about trying to do just that.
Five years later, I’ve finally broken through to an obvious yet huge piece of awareness. The problem with trying to be one thing is the “trying”.
Trying, I understand now, was a direct expression of several inner beliefs:
- I’m not one thing now.
- I’m not sure I can be one thing.
- It will take effort and action. Doing something different.
As a bit of context, the person I was in 2015 was expending a great deal of energy attempting to live up to (perceived) expectations of a great many roles – father, programmer, healer, artist, dog owner, brother, friend, and the list goes on. I was more than a bit exhausted and stressed. Exhaustion and stress are often signs of inner fragmentation.
I had been feeling especially torn regarding my work. Am I a software developer or a healer? What kind of healer am I if I am writing code all day? How can I just write code knowing what I know now?
From my work with clients, it’s clear this is a very common theme for many of us. One way forward would pay the bills. Another way would feel more meaningful. The two ways always felt at odds with one another. For years, there was a struggle around how to go about either picking one, or weaving the two together.
When I received the Mountain Medicine, “be one thing”, I interpreted that message as the answer. As I heard it then – the message was to stop trying to be so many things to so many people, and just pick one. If I just picked one way forward, I thought everything else would fall into place.
Reflection. Clarity. Focus.
Acceptance is the Bridge to Wholeness
This brings me back to the Mountain Medicine. Be One Thing.
Learning through experience all that I have shared here and more, I now know deep in my soul that what the Mountain was saying is this: accept and allow All that you are to come through and to Be Here Now.
If you are struggling with parts of yourself – seen or unseen, known or unknown – then the answer, the way, the bridge to freedom is to accept yourself fully and completely.
Another word for this is unconditional love.
You do not have to force yourself to love yourself. The kind of love we’re talking about here is not “personal”. It is far greater. Whatever your belief system is, there is likely a powerful way offered within that system to tap into and allow the flow of this love.
If you’re not feeling it, or if you feel disconnected in any way – consider for a moment that there is no lack of flow outside of you… the source is never turned off. The ocean never empty, the river never dry. There may simply be places within yourself where the flow of energy is imbalanced or out of whack. Picture for example a kink in a hose. Pressure builds inside, which can feel and seem terrible – but that doe NOT indicate a lack of love or energy outside of and available to you.
It absolutely is there. It is free. It is pure, abundant, and infinitely intelligent. It accepts you fully and completely. When you are open to it, it flows, and you realize you are a part of it. As such, you too become accepting of yourself fully and completely. You are reminded of your wholeness. Your wholeness reconnects fully with the All That Is.
This connection by itself may not immediately change your physical circumstances, although it’s possible.
The state you find yourself in within the materialized world is the result of certain collective forces and the result of your own momentum.
What this awareness and re-connection can do is shift that momentum into a better direction. Opening and crossing this bridge opens you up to amazing levels of confluence, synchronicity, abundance, and seemingly magical experiences.