On Monday morning as I awoke, I had one of those revelatory moments we all have at times in our lives . . . that life itself – all life — is a miracle, but even more so for we humans who can ponder the nature of our existence and marvel about the miracle of life. “To think,” I thought,“that everything evolved in the universe from nothing, and that I can think about it . . . It’s a freakin’ miracle!”
It seems we are the only living beings on Earth with the capacity to know ourselves, and to not take our existence for granted. Of course, we do take it for granted much of the time as we get caught up in the machinations of life, and often behave far worse as a species than those in the animal kingdom that live by instinct. We have the capacity to create an Eden much better than the forest from which we emerged. But too many humans choose to create hellish conditions that no animal in the forest could ever conceive.
I suppose the human species is pretty much at the adolescent stage of its evolution, with some people seemingly farther along than others. But a new Eden is not possible until we all are of the same mindset about brotherhood and the essentiality of true brotherly love. And there’s the rub: all humans are born with that innate knowledge. We know it deep in our souls. It is part of our inner design — another of the great miracles of human life. It’s not a question of evolution to come. We have the capacity now . . .
“Yes, we can change the world,” as Graham Nash wrote and sang. “We can re-arrange the world.”
And what better time to start than at the beginning of a new year, “traditionally a time of renewal and change when many seek to become better persons,” as Sarah B. Van Mater writes in one of my favourite articles about New Year’s resolutions, called Match Thyself.
Sarah writes about how so many New Year’s resolutions are doomed to fail, and then points us to an “ancient” Egyptian idea that is quite attainable as a personal resolution because it is already there within you, and I suspect that if everybody strives to cultivate it, the world would quickly become a much better place, too.
“Match thyself” — that is, strive to equal in your everyday consciousness that which you already are in the heart of your being. This implies that when we endeavor to change ourselves, we are not seeking to conform to some outer standard whether of god or man; nor are we setting up objective goals for ourselves to reach. Rather, we are seeking to become in our personality that universal essence which we are in our inmost.
Simple enough, yes?
Go for it. Match thyself, and change the world at the same time . . . and don’t underestimate the ripple effects of your kind thoughts and deeds.
“The great lost chord of modern civilization is forgetfulness of the fact in nature of universal brotherhood, which means not merely a sentimental or political brotherhood; it means that we are all of one common cosmic or spiritual origin, and that what affects one affects all . . .” – G. de Purucker
I think a balanced understanding of ourselves, and tolerance of others, are the keys. Not to think too highly, nor too lowly, of ourselves. Not to be unduly influenced in our self-perception by those that do not have our well-being at heart. (I am particularly thinking of the problems many have in our society with poor self-image because of the impossible expectations about how people should look that the media in particular perpetrate upon us. Something that I think naturism helps to remedy.) To be ready to listen to what those that love us have to say about us, and assess whether we need to do anything about it. Not to think ourselves superior or inferior to others for any reason, just different. Not to place unreasonable expectations on ourselves or on others. To be forgiving when others fail to meet the expectations we have put on them. To carefully consider what, if anything, we need to do if we realise we have not met up to the expectations that ourselves and others have placed upon us. If you think you need to say something to someone about their behaviour, do it in love, not in anger. But don’t get paranoid about trying to be perfect. There is no “perfect”. Be free to both give and receive love.
Very nice, Marcus. Thank you . . .
That’s a really good article Jillian. It’s important that way stay in awe of our existence, it’s what makes us human, We should hold ourselves up to a higher standard and strive to be only 1% better each day than the day before. We should be proud to be ourselves, proud to be us. We should be all we can be.
A special new years greeting for you here. 😉
lol . . . That is incredibly cute . . . She looks just like me, too. Maggie had a good laugh as well.
Thank you, sweetie!
This is a great goal for NY resolutions, regardless of what one feels is the source of “that universal essence which we are in our inmost”. Great post Jillian!
I also want to wish you a happy and prosperous 2014!