For me, this poem beautifully points to the expanded realm of consciousness that is made available to us as we enter into collective, or mutual awakening. Doing this simple, eyes open meditation practice with another person reliably takes us beyond the “barbed-wired entanglement” or separation, that we currently live in, into a shared reality that is truly “…a marvelous rich world of contact and sheer fluid beauty,” one where we know we are intimately connected.
After we learn the Mutual Awakening Practice and are able to enter into Shared-Unity, we can begin to bring Mutual Awakening into our daily lives more actively. For example, when we are consciously engaged in the activities of our daily lives from within the Shared-Unity — with our eyes open, our bodies moving, speaking or silent — our breathing is one way in which we naturally inhale and exhale Love. Breathing is a dynamic exchange of Love that continually nourishes our Shared-Reality.
As we breathe in (receive) Love fully and exhale (give) Love fully, we create an atmosphere in which we can all thrive. We wake up to the fact that we are always in, and contributing to, the endless slip-stream of Love. Cultivating our ability to exist inside this field of mutuality while we are engaged in the activities of our lives — thinking, eating, remembering, planning, sensing, relating, working — will take us into a new way of being together where Love is the natural exchange.
We have a family text thread that includes my husband and me, our son, Colin, who is away at college, and our daughter who is at home. Last night we received a text from Colin that said “word is going around that Paul H. passed away today.” Paul is the younger brother of one of Colin’s close friends. Sadly, we soon learned that it was true. Paul had indeed died by taking his own life. In our grief, we struggle to understand how this can be true. Paul was a senior in high school who did well in school, went to church, played sports, had a loving family, yet here we are with this tragic truth. Paul is no longer with us.
Many of us are throwing up our hands in dismay these days. How can we move through this time? How can we make our interconnection visible? Some say that conversation is the answer, yet civil conversation seems to be a thing of the past. Conversation is defined as “the informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words.” I don’t know about you, but I’m noticing that very little information actually gets exchanged in the divisive climate we are in.