How We Are All Connected In Our Crisis
I have been thinking about the connectedness of things lately. In fact, it's been weighing heavily on me.
It's probably because I have also been thinking more deeply about how going through a collective trauma (like the one we are experiencing right now with COVID) affects not only individuals, but also society as a whole.
Here's what I've been pondering...
There is an energy that exists between us, all around us and in us that is connected to the universe in intricate, unseen and also very fundamental ways. I believe that energy to be the Spirit of the eternal, universal Christ--just so you know where I'm coming from on the issue.
It is through the Spirit that all things are created, exist, live, move breathe and have being. This isn't original to me, by any stretch of the imagination--it's straight up Apostle Paul.
Along those lines, there is a holy interconnectedness that exists between ourselves and all of Creation, including those who share our humanity... other people... even those we don't feel all that connected to at times.
I recently read this amazing William James quote, and he put it like this:
Our lives are like islands in the sea, or like trees in the forest, which co-mingle their roots in the darkness underground. Just so there is a continuum of cosmic consciousness, against which our individuality builds but accidental fences, and into which our several minds plunge as into a mother sea or reservoir.
And at once I knew I was not magnificent.