As I pen a new story the protagonist, Adam a wizarding neophyte asks his mentor what is it he is referring to when he speaks of a person’s essence and why would his expectations affect his experience of it. The old magus answers him in a most unusual manner.
“In our insistence on maintaining the illusion of being separate individuals we are not able to see the wholeness of who we are. In our preferred illusion that everything is separate from everything else, human from human, human from animals or the flora of the forest, or being not of Heaven or the Earth we have limited our power.
All beings possess the potential to access the infinite wisdom of the Spirit and that the individual has the ability to know the whole by becoming like the whole.
I can tell you the secret of who we are, but it will mean nothing to you until you have become it. We are not the body it is only a tool to do a certain job while in this level of existence. We are not the body’s mind, senses, feelings, pains, griefs and joys, thoughts, desires, scars, or memories those are just aspects of the tool that the essence of what we are uses to experience and work in the current manifestation of existence.
But without knowing who and what we are we become vulnerable to the adversities of life and become bound and restricted by our limited knowledge of Self and thus cannot be magic.
These expectations of yours actually affect what you see and do not see. Some folks call them cognitive biases. They will determine your reality. They actually affect your interpretation of reality. I bet that you think that you have no role in reality that there is reality and then there is what you make of it. Not so! You are making it with every observance, every interpretation, decision, and every action.
“I don’t have the experience that I’m creating reality. Things happen and then I have to deal with them.”
“That is part of the illusion, but ask yourself to what degree do you create the reality that you see? To what degree do you create the reality of pain and grief and separation? Better yet, to what degree will you take responsibility for reality? And responsibility is not just for the darker aspects of reality. Are you not responsible for creating a reality of inclusiveness, communion, wholeness, and happiness as well?
At the moment of communion is not the illusion of the reality of separation banished? And in that moment what is it that you feel?”
Adam stood silent trying to recall a time when he felt deeply connected with someone and he remembered Jenny, beautiful redhaired Jenny and his heart leaped.
“Love!” he declared. This was what he felt, as though he had found himself in her and she in him. But with that connection there was also profound grief when he lost her, when the connection was broken. Communion and loss always seemed to come hand in hand. It was as though connection and separation lived within each other.
“Exactly! Love, the machina mentis what we are essentially at our core” responded the old wizard. “It is what ties everything together and raises everything on high. When only connected to yourself you are inclined to be responsible only for yourself and family but when connected to everything, when you see that in essence you are everything what then?”
Sensing that the magus was waiting for an answer he blurted, “Then I’m responsible for everything?”