April, 2012
























Separation page 2

"The extension of this line of reasoning and thinking was to separate ourselves and nourish the idea of an ego, an individual identity which needed to be protected. But protected from what? From other ideas of who we are? We evolved from a collective into individuals, and I use the term 'evolved' loosely, as I personally consider this to be a 'devolution' not an evolution. Out of this line of thinking arose the concept of war, of possession and ownership, of the needs of the individual, greed and many other concepts which depend on our duality and separation from nature. For example, how could we think that we could use chemicals to poison bugs on our food without also poisoning ourselves unless we somehow separated ourselves from the food and the growing of the food? How could we grow food using a limited set of elements, nitrogen, phosphate and potassium, without also limiting the elements which are inherent to our health? Worse yet, this polarization of thought created a deep polarization of people with one of the extreme outcomes being genocide and hatred. How could this happen without the separation of ourselves from our world?"

"Towards the end of the previous epoch and up to the beginning of the great falling, science was converging on a mechanism which could explain our connectedness but always in terms of our separateness. There were many experiments performed on splitting particles into electron pairs which would travel great distances and each half of the pair would respond instantly to changes in the other half. There were experiments showing that characterists of particle pairs could travel faster than the particles themselves. All this happens faster than the speed of light so there previously was no place for these ideas in the relativity theories of the day."

"The study of science became the study of our separateness from our environment. The problem that science had was that the very discipline of science was an effect of this change in belief systems which began many millennia before. Science tried to reduce things to smaller and smaller and finer levels until the ultimate mystery of the universe would be solved. Not that science had a way of stopping there, it seems there will always be a finer division to make no matter how discrete the subject. Science has it's place but it has to be understood in the context of the belief system which created and sustained it. Interestingly, the most recognized and honored scientists believed that we are fully connected to our world and our environment, even as they attempted to reduce our world into a summary of parts."

Elder Cynthia paused and had a sip of water. As she glanced around the room she could tell that everyone was fully engaged in what she was saying.

"Back to our belief system. The very idea that things are separate from each other has not always been with us. Even now many cultures around the world understand how they are connected to each other and to their surroundings, yet there still seems to be a division between who we are and our surroundings. Ultimately we are deeply connected to our surroundings. We do not have a distinct boundary layer where we stop and the rest of the world begins. It seems as though we do yet every surface of our bodies is porous and mingles with the elements which we come in contact with at every moment of our lives. For example every breath we take mingles our blood with our environment and it is not possible to discern where that boundary exists."

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