I AM THAT, I am
In all my readings and research I have come to the conclusion that we are in fact, all connected. No matter how individual we want or think we are, we are all interconnected by an energy that comes from us, flows through us and is intertwined binding us all together. Not just us as human beings but rather all of creation, everything on this planet. As a young man (boy of 13 yrs.) I was training to be a Shaman and one of the first things I learned about this world from my elders and other Shaman was that There is a life giving force that flows through all things. It gives to us in direct proportion that we give to it.
In other words; life is all around us, all inside of us and it IS us and the more we pay attention to certain parts of our life the more we get from it. Sometimes "giving" is not necessarily a physical act of taking something you have and bestowing it to another. Sometimes, "giving" is merely paying attention, noticing, or acknowledging. So what we pay attention to grows...and what we don't dies or simply (over time) ceases to exist. This goes not only for the physical things in our lives like houses, cars, tools, but also for the less tangibles like family, friends, community, and our planet as a whole.
I was thinking all day today about the writings of when Moses met God in the Bible. When asked who he was or what he was to be called the reply was "I AM THAT I AM". Philosophers have theorized this translation from the original writing for hundreds of years. I have my own interpretation. Just like in the part that tells us that we were all created in the image of God, I take this to mean that we are all creators ourselves. We create our lives, we create our environment, we create every aspect of who and what we become not only as individuals but collectively. A family, community, society, and planet. and getting back to the phrase "I AM THAT I AM"...I think there is a comma in there and since we are all created in God's Image, we are all, there for "I AM THAT I AM" or rather I am that, I am....So the next time you see a homeless person on the street you can say to yourself "I am that! I am! and you will realize why you ignore them and look away. It is because you see yourself in them. You look away because you don't want to see yourself. You don't what to even think that you could be like that. When you see an abused child or even their abuser remember the phrase I am that, I am! or an alcoholic or drug addict and the list goes on. I am that, I am! And someone reading this somewhere along that way will come to argue that because they have personally never done any of the above mentioned things that they can not possibly be held accountable and that it certainly is NOT them. I am that too, I am...
And.....When you see compassion shared with another, I am that, I am! When you see whole communities and towns come together to help those in need from a natural disaster, or tragic deaths as in the 19 Hot Shots who recently died fighting the Yarnell, Arizona fire....I am that, I am!
You see how it works...we are both what we love and what we don't and we too often turn our heads and look the other way so that we do not have to acknowledge the things we like least about ourselves. We run from it, we hide from it we try to ignore it, but it is always there. Perhaps, we can "give" compassion more attention, we can give love more attention, we can give eachother more attention and we can all grow and be THAT.
Oh! If anyone is interested, I watch a very interesting documentary tonight written and directed by Tom Shadyac called I AM. If you do not know who Tom is; he directed several hit movies including Patch Adams, Bruce Almighty, Evan Almighty and several more as well as writing the screenplays for Ace Ventura; Pet Detective and The Nutty Professor. Here is the link to information on the movie. http://iamthedoc.com/You may enjoy it.
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Ron RB Lake, CHt.
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