The vision of oneness naturally leads to compassionate action and service of humanity
because we see the pain and joy of others as our own. Just as we are instinctively
inclined to care for our own body when it is injured, so one who is awake cannot
resist caring for others. —Ellen Grace O’Brian
When we act out of self-interest alone, we aren’t recognizing that we are all one. It’s when we see our connection with others, all others, that we access the root of compassion. That idea that what we do for one we do for all.
Once we get the interconnection of all beings, get it at our very core, then caring for others is automatic, as natural as drawing breath. We simply can not turn a blind eye to the pain of others because it is our pain, too.
If only we awakened to and acted on the fact that each of us holds the entire world in our hands. What we do matters. A lot.
I wrote earlier about the Generosity Revolution I’ve seen online, a great example of people who have awakened to the oneness of life. I’ve also said many times that the hallmark of progressive politics is the idea of caring for others. And of my belief that the other side acts mostly out of self-interest, without recognition of our interconnection.
I’m sitting in Santa Fe on what, for most women my age, would be a vacation. But for me, it’s a work day. A work month. A working trip. Because I decided to devote this next part of my life, my so-called “retirement” years, to supporting others during difficult times.
But you don’t have to go that far to make a difference. Every single action we take can either act on our oneness or act on our separation. Every day we have a choice.
I’d love to hear about your choice in the comments, below. If you’d like to see my choice, visit A Healing Spirit, my business. And lots of things are on sale, so hope you’ll do some holiday shopping while there!