Of One Mind

March 13, 2009

image credit: eddi07

In my last post, Know The Beginning, I mentioned how the ego keeps us from knowing our truth, and one of the ways we can deal with ego is to name the thoughts or emotions that show up. In this way we create some space, witness them, and not get caught up in the stories they tell. These stories are not the truth that we are, they are fabricated by Ego to keep us feeling separate; better than, or worse than the other players of our drama or pathos. The characters we engage with are the embodiment of anger, despair, anxiety, worry and a host of others. The task of disconnecting from Ego is not easy. It has a strong grip on us to match all the disparate parts of ourselves that are in revolt with each other.

I read somewhere of a creation story from the Native American people of the Northwest: Old Man, maker of all things first created a girl who he named Breaking Daylight. She watched him cut himself one day, then gather the blood up, breathe into it and create a boy. Breaking Daylight then watched as Old Man proceeded to give the boy a mind. Old Man made ten more human beings, wrapped them up and put them into the young man. This was the mind. Old Man told Breaking Daylight, that the mind was not going to allow the young  man to get anywhere unless all ten gave their consent for the young man to get to where he was headed. Then Old man cut himself again, collected the blood, breathed on it and created another human being. He told Breaking Daylight that this one was called Staying Alive. He then put Staying Alive inside the head of the young man.

For me, this is a beautiful metaphorical teaching story on the importance of having all aspects of our being in alignment. What we think, how we feel, what we say, and how we act must all be congruent. No matter how much we talk about what we want to create in our lives, if some parts of ourselves are doubtful, afraid, distrustful etc., we will not be able to manifest our heart’s desire. We really have to look deeper to see what hidden beliefs are preventing us from accomplishing what we want; who is there that is sabotaging our goals.

In the Native American creation story, Staying Alive was created by Old Man and placed  along side the ten aspects of Mind. Who is Staying Alive? I see him as the trickster, old Ego himself that keeps the disparity of self in tact so that Ego can stay alive and grow strong, creating the feeling of separation from Truth. When we live from the aspect of Truth, there is clarity, there is trust in our world, there is faith that all our needs will be met. There is the knowing that all things, all beings are connected and when we declare what we want to manifest in our world, when it is for the highest good, all of creation comes together to help us to bring it forth in a synchronistic dance. However when we are caught up in Ego’s web, some parts of us will sabotage our endeavors because of its own beliefs and programs that says that what we want to create can’t be done.

How do we become of one mind, where there is a harmony in our thoughts, our feelings, our speech and our actions? I believe that the answer lies in aligning with Truth. When we live from Ego, every aspect is living from a belief that is inconsistent with the rest. The way to align with Truth is to live from the heart, from loving-kindness. For as strong as Ego is and how difficult it is to be free of its sticky tentacles, love is greater.  Every time we come upon that same issue we have been wrestling with, when we soften our feelings, without judgment, without beating ourselves up, we are practicing loving-kindness and compassion. Soon we notice that Ego does not have its hypnotic grip on us and we are freer, more aligned with Truth. We are living from that space which is of peace, joy and clarity. It takes constant practice, but when we recognize that this is our main purpose in life, that everything that happens is for the polishing of this gem of understanding, then life no longer feels like a drag, but a play of consciousness, and we are the players until the last curtain call!

{ 8 comments }

1 Liara Covert 03.15.09 at 9:04 am

This fascinating story reveals human beings are open to learning on many more levels than conscious awareness allows under ego control. The nature and depth of one’s awareness determines which levels of metaphor and symbolism register, which obstacles are noticed, acknowledged and overcome. To recognize you are your body and yet, that its an illusion, is a step to uncovering what lies underneath. Each energy soul is in the process of finding the doorway to inner Being. As you grow aware and transcend what does not serve you, this dissolves conditioned beliefs and emotions that block your understanding of Presence. Nothing changes. You act to shift thoughts and rediscover what has always been, what is that you have never lost.

2 Miruh 03.15.09 at 10:43 am

Hello Liara,

I too, find this story so fascinating, the ancients understood the illusions of mind and how they separate us from Truth.
Your wise words captures the process of awakening,” You act to shift thoughts and rediscover what has always been, what is that you have never lost.”

Thanks for your eloquent comment.
May you always recognize the trickster and be free of his illusion!

3 Liara Covert 03.16.09 at 11:38 am

Miruh, Eckhart Tolle reminds one that, “tue salvation is a state of freedom –from fear, from suffering, from a perceived lack of insufficiency and therefore from all wanting, needing, grasping and clinging.” Some human beings might view this as a tall order? And yet, just because someone outside or ego within the mind tries to convince you what is not possible, this does not mean you do not transcend it. Each person sorts out what is unnecessary in order to uncover what is.

4 Alexys Fairifeld 03.16.09 at 6:07 pm

Hi Miruh,

Love the photo.
What a warm and fuzzy story. I knew it – girls were created before boys. LOL.

I like the storytelling technique of Native Americans and the fact that we can find so much truth in discovering the reasons we exist.

We are all so complex, yet vulnerable and if we dissolve the ego then we would be able to feel more in alignment with our true nature.

“We are living from that space which is of peace, joy and clarity. It takes constant practice, but when we recognize that this is our main purpose in life, that everything that happens is for the polishing of this gem of understanding, then life no longer feels like a drag, but a play of consciousness, and we are the players until the last curtain call!”

I love this phrase. I would even add that we are players even after the curtain call – we just change scripts. 😀

5 Miruh 03.16.09 at 10:01 pm

Hello Liara,

It is difficult for people to understand with their minds, the potential that is inherent within each of us when we are able to let go of thoughts created by Ego which keeps us bound. As we are gradually able to recognize the mind for what it is, all illusions of separation also fall away.

Thanks for sharing these thoughts on freedom from Eckhart Tolle, and shedding more light on the subject.

Much love to you my friend!

6 Miruh 03.16.09 at 10:14 pm

Hello Alexys,

The image portrays love, compassion and illumination so beautifully, doesn’t it?

I also found that part of the story about the girl being created first, quite interesting. There are also some tribes that were matriarchies in the Northwest, which is also fascinating to me. Girls rule. 😀

Thanks for bringing up that aspect, “..I would even add that we are players even after the curtain call – we just change scripts.”
I totally agree. Life is truly enjoyable when we have this perspective.

May you play your part with delight!

7 Mark 03.17.09 at 6:53 am

Thank-you so much for sharing this story. It does make much sense as to explain the complexity and the simplicity of our nature. The key is to be aware and to practice alignment with our authentic being.

8 Miruh 03.17.09 at 7:38 pm

Hello Mark,

The teaching stories of the Elders have so much wisdom and beauty in their simplicity. We are so fortunate to have access to them today.

I agree, awareness is the path to freedom, to awakening to Truth.

May you walk the path to freedom with clarity and joy!

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