The universal problem is the need to be the ONE TRUTH, the ONE God, the Unique One that has no second. This is an imperative, this commandment to be a unique person, an individual. Why even here on FB we all want to have a unique opinion, one that stands out as the truth, and we defend our positions of being Number One. We all want to have the Last Word, so FB arguments can go for days, neither side leaving without the last word.
There must be the ONE, or the axis of the wheel if the wheel is to turn. But, the irony is that we all can’t be the unique One, so we join Unique groups, the unique religion that is the ONE. This sets us up in conflict with others who claim their group is the ONE, because they are going the same thing we are, fulfilling the imperative of being number One, or belonging to a group that is unique. Thus we have religious wars. In this understanding, all wars, all conflicts are religious. All conflicts are about being the ONE, having the last word, having control, being at the top of the pyramid..and so on.
We cannot avoid this imperative to be the ONE. This is why we hate communism and the like because the unique individual is submerged in the whole.
So in come Jesus to give a way out of this double-bind where I must be the Unique One, but if everyone is unique, I can’t be unique. He says love you enemy (the other unique one) as yourself. What does that mean. It jumps us to a higher commandment. While the first imperative or commandment “Let there be One” (heck, even Yahweh said that: let no other God be before me) must be obeyed, it is obvious with experience that it can’t be obeyed as it is because everyone can’t be unique. This commandment without a second commandment or imperative that balances it, is a commandment to eternal war.
The Second Commandment that must also be obeyed is surrender to the whole. Now we have a paradox. I must be unique, and I must not be unique (which is the meaning of surrendering to the greater good, obeying instead of being the unique rebel.)
How can one solve this riddle? How can I be unique and not unique? this is like trying to be spontaneous. If the commandment is to be spontaneous, the life of the party, and unique, and you try to be spontaneous, you are not being spontaneous. So if you try to love and obey the commandment to love your neighbor, you are not obeying the commandment, are you. Catch 22.
So the question here, getting back on track, is how can I respect other religions when I don’t feel respect because they are saying they are the One, but I’m the real One. My religion is the REal One and they are just fake. So if I respect them, it is really a fake respect. I am just imitating Jesus…not being Jesus.
What to do?
There must be a shift in my consciousness from seeing myself as being separate from others (which is a valid view necessary for survival) and drop to the view of the Heart, which is the view of unity. The view from the Mind and ego is separation and the commandment from this view is to be unique, to stand out from the other.
The view from the Heart, however, is the view of Unity…All is the ONE. In our society, in our western history the view is from the mind because we value unique individuals, and we are commanded by out society to be unique, to follow our dream, stand out, win the prize. So in our own being we have these two views in conflict: the mind versus the Heart. Old Testament Yahweh is the view of the Unique one, and this has become our current view from the mind of the TWO.
NewTestament commandment is the view from the Heart where the One is everybody. This is conflict between the individual spoke of a wheel and the whole wheel. The One versus the Many.
This puzzle cannot be solved by joining a group. It is always a crisis of my own soul, my own existence. Do I act from my mind and society, or do I act from my heart?
Now the Mind/culture/Ego is a semantic reality of thought and language. The Heart is non-verbal. The heart is like our pet dog. It has no verbal language, so it understands you non-verbal behavior. The Heart is like a child because the child in affected by what the parent does over what the parent says. The Heart then is what you DO. The mind is what you think you are dong.
In our culture these two organs are separated and unable to communicate with each other. The mind/society thinks it is doing this, but we look at someone and see they a doing the opposite of what they say/think they are going. Confront them and they will say you are crazy. So we have to realize that we are living in a society, a historical age when the Mind reality and Heart reality, are divided against each other. My mind says to do this, but my heart can’t do it. This creates hypocrisy.
How can I obey both commandments? How can I believe in my religion and love my enemy’s religion at the same time? There is no method or way to do this. One has to discover the Way of Jesus when we get tired of hanging on the cross of the dilemma, the war between heart and mind.
We must become curious as to why I’m crucifying myself. Why I have no peace of mind.
When I see that we are all humans trying to be the Unique One…that realization IS unique. I SEE that we are all ONE. So now I have compassion for the suffering, the crucifixion of my enemies who are caught in the vise of this dilemma, trying to be the One and the Many at the same time.
So I must drop my tenacious grasping on the feeling of being the Unique Opinion (the One true belief) and see this from the Heart of Unity. I see that thought and belief, this semantic world we live in is all a creation of mind, and the operating system of the mind is to divided and create one half of the pair as the Unique half, the good twin, so to speak.
The Heart does not see the world through the moral lens of Good and Bad…to the Heart all is ONE. Period. Now when this becomes your primary EYE or view, the Mind View is still there, and it should be. You can still tell what is good and bad, but the ground upon which you stand is the Ground of Being, or Unity…and that Ground is God….
All your actions now come from the heart of unity instead of the mind of duality and the need to be the Good One.
Now, instead of needing to be the One (or God), I see that I am good/bad…Not me good and you bad. We are all good/bad…a work in process, a work moving towards the good, but always a mix. Now I become interested in understanding instead of being the One that has no second. Everything is now my equal second, yet there is still good and bad.