Is it possible to see the world from outside of our single physically-focused perspective?
Isn’t it amazing that we spend our whole lives inside one single body? We always look out through just one set of eyes, hear through one set of ears, taste with one tongue, and touch with one set of hands. We feel with one set of emotions, move with one pair of legs, and always, always exist in only one single location on this amazing planet.
In every moment there are seven billion other people experiencing the exact same thing: one single perspective… oneness. If any of those senses fail us, we are still within that one perspective.
You can never look out and see the world through your daughter’s eyes. You can never taste a meal through your father’s tongue. You can never feel the world through your lover’s emotions. They are all unique, and seemingly completely unavailable to you.
I believe there simply has to be more. There must be a way to feel some of what all humanity feels, learn what all humanity is learning, grow with the unique experiences of all of us on this planet. There must be a part of us that is connected to all others. I believe there are times when we feel it, when it is close and within reach. I think we just don’t easily recognize it when it happens.
When a 44 year old man has angina for the first time in his life, he doesn’t recognize it as heart pain, he feels it more as pain in his arm or jaw. After a while, when his experience grows with the angina, he will recognize the pain as coming from his heart.
It is the same for us with this perspective. If we can recognize the moments when we are connected to another, or to all others, we can practice that and become better at feeling it. We can feel the inspiration of truly seeing from a perspective bigger that one physical being. We can feel the amazing joy of feeling the emotions of others, or the despair of others.
Perhaps it comes when we are experiencing new love. Perhaps it comes when we are in the presence of a newborn baby. Perhaps it comes when we are witnessing someone dying. Perhaps it is thru dreaming, or meditation, or prayer. Perhaps it comes when we quiet the mind and allow the heart to be more open, and to be our conduit to the world.
Let’s practice, and see if we can feel it. Let’s move from oneness to “oneness!”
Rick Schaefer, M.D. is known as the Happiness Coach. He is the creator of Guilt-Free Coaching, and is the author of Extreme Thought Makeover™… 37 Days to Maximum Life! He speaks throughout the U.S. and has a following in more than 50 countries. To learn more or to work with Dr. Rick directly, call 414-573-8880 or go to http://www.rickschaefermd.com