Rolling in the dirt

I read a comment  where  this lady shared how she went to an event about ‘unity consciousness’. And after arriving at the place she noticed how the event organizers kinda kept to their own, off which she didn’t think too much as they probably were still wrapping up the preparations.  But halfway the event people were leaving early and the organizers were still (from her perspective) distancing themselves; and when she approached them to thank them for putting the event together, they weren’t really ‘present’. Long story short and paraphrasing:  they were not really acting ‘unity conscious’ –ly, not really giving off that Oneness-vibe.

And this is not to pick the commenter apart in any way, as I can imagine probably having made a similar observation myself. But it does raise an important question: how do we ‘recognize’ unity consciousness? What does it ‘look like’? How do we know we’re there? First let’s note that the observation is a subjective one, all wrapped up in expectations. And doesn’t it always come down to this, if we’re really honest:  what we’re seeing around ourselves, the things that catch our attention, triggers an emotion, is a perfect reflection of where we are. It’s a spiritual baseline to which you either subscribe or not – and either way is better [smile]. And yes,  it can be pretty challenging looking at every aspect of your life from the ‘as within so without’ perspective.

And  I [are you kidding me?] don’t have the final  answer to the “how do we ‘recognize’ unity consciousness?” – question . Probably as long as we label it as such, as something we expect outside of ourselves,  we’re not there yet. It’s the ultimate duality trap. So we do know the drill by now as we’re slouching to the kitchen for another cup of coffee/herbal tea: ‘Yeah I know,  I gotta go find it within myself –AGAIN’. Oooohhmmmm…

Reading the ‘unity consciousness’-comment also triggered this: Maslow…no not Pavlov…Abraham Maslow. Known for the ‘hierarchy of needs’ and his study of ‘self-actualized’ people.  On self-actualization [from Wiki]:

‘ “What a man can be, he must be.” This forms the basis of the perceived need for self-actualization. This level of need pertains to what a person’s full potential is and realizing that potential. Maslow describes this desire as the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming.’

Why did the Maslow-thing come up? Is self-actualization an aspect, or an expression, of unity consciousness? I do see similarities, like transcending the self, no judgment, not arguing with reality, now-presence. And I can imagine the spontaneity, joy, free spirit and a sense of non-failure that go with it. And reading the comment on that ‘not-so-unity’ event, it reminded me of this story: at the end of one of Maslow’s psychology courses, the students got a final exam. And for this exam, Maslow asked his students just one question. Suppose a self-actualized person goes to a party; it’s formal, everyone is in tuxedo, gowns, and this self-actualized person walks in wearing a pair of jeans, t-shirt, baseball cap. What would he do? Students wrote down how he would be okay with it, knowing it was fine just to be who he was, etcetera. After reading all the answers, Maslow said: you’ve all failed. The answer to this question can be given in four words: He would not notice.

How do you not notice: by being completely void of expectations. Paradoxically, only once ‘unity’ becomes meaningless, we have arrived. But then we won’t notice it, as we just will be there. Duality will have served its purpose and we’ve moved on, beyond separation.  In the meantime like most of us I still play the expectations game myself [only for entertainment, not because I need to, {ahum}].  And what do I expect?  I got a glimpse of a ‘unity conscious’ future, as I went for a little walk last week: a golden retriever  rolling on his back in the dirt, totally out of his mind. Happy, self-actualized, One with All, you name it. And he didn’t even notice.


2 Responses to “Rolling in the dirt”

  1. 1 Wendy November 9, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Awesome! Here’s to rolling in the dirt!

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