I read a short story a few weeks ago about a man who died and walked with God for a while, someone who looked basically like anyone else, and they talked. The main idea of the story was that this man who had just died was the only person in the universe, here to live every single life possible to live.
(God told him that his next stop was going to be to live as a woman in 5th century China.)
Once this person lived all their lives and learned all the things they needed to learn, they would be given their own universe, their own person, and get to talk to the person they were assigned to when they had completed each of their lives.
This week, Haanel reminds us of our connection to the Universal Mind, and gives a good suggestion as to how to recognize it: silence, what in the class we call the Sit.
I was out walking today (in silence), and considering the idea of us all being connected, how we have the same subby as everyone else does. This isn’t a new idea to me. But it hit me today: if I have the same subby as everyone else does, then there is only one subby.
As in the story, we are just one person.
When I see you, I see the part of me that is you: our subby. Namaste is how the Hindus put it, recognizing that part and honoring it.
My thought expanded on this: when I see an aspect of someone, I am seeing that aspect of me in them.
I see someone who is talented and wise, and I see the part of me which is this way.
I see someone who is prejudiced, and I acknowledge the times I have judged others by the way they looked without knowing anything about them.
I see a happy dog, or a smiling baby, and I see the joyful simple heart within me which delights in life itself.
I see a fearful xenophobic person and I see the fear which resists letting others in who might hurt me.
I see a generous person and I acknowledge the generosity within myself.
I see an angry, hateful person and I recall the times I have lashed out at others.
In a way, this thought turns having opinions on its head, because when I form an opinion about others it’s really an opinion about me.
Mark J said a similar thing last year sometime, but at the time I didn’t really get it: if we didn’t have an aspect of ourselves in us, we wouldn’t be able to see it in others. Sort of like the ‘vibratory brain cell’ Haanel talks about which we need to be able to grasp a completely new idea.
Combine this with the law of attraction and I have new insight about why letting go of judgment, or negative opinion, is so important: my thoughts attract what I think about to me and reinforce it. It’s all about focus, and what do I want.
There is only one subby, just as there is only one Mind. We can change who we are, and by extension, who everyone else in the world is, if we only make the connection.