I like to believe that I’m observant. I can’t say that I always succeed, but I at least do my best to notice, see and experience the people, places, and energy around me. An interesting effect of being an active observer is that I see patterns that coincide with my awareness. For example, one thing I’ve been aware of recently is humanity’s accelerated awakening. I’m not talking about the woo-woo-out-in-the-ethers type of awakening, although that does play a part. No, I’m talking about an awakening to the fact that there is no real separation between us.
There was a time in our history when the illusion of separation seemed very real. Communities weren’t linked the way they are now, with instant communication and 24-hour news cycles. Physical distances created perceived barriers to communication, with only the most adventurous individuals daring to venture beyond the safety of their communities to discover what lay beyond. Their willingness to overcome their fear of the unknown often brought them great rewards – not just in the form of wealth, but also respect, admiration, and friendship.
These early explorers took the time to first understand the different cultures and people they encountered, and in return they were understood and appreciated. They did not see the world as being divided or separate. Rather, they instinctively knew that they could find common ground with anyone. They respected the unique perspectives of those they encountered. They accepted people as they were and allowed them, their ideas, and their cultures to flourish without judgment.
In time, the communities with the greatest number of adventurous souls, the ones that found ways to value and appreciate diversity, flourished and became the great trading centers of antiquity. Even now, the world’s most vibrant and prosperous cities are those that welcome, even embrace people from every culture and background. Even if the residents of the world’s great cities can’t articulate the idea, most of them somehow understand their communities thrive on being united, open and welcoming.
I was briefly tempted to go into the neuroscientific reasons of why we experience fear and how we translate that into judgment and anger, but I’ll leave that to the actual neuroscientists. Instead, I will say this: As I reflect on humanity’s collective reaction to events ranging from wars to mass shootings, I thrilled to see how we are releasing our fears and becoming the trailblazers and adventurers that we are. Increasingly, people and communities that in the past would have shouted at and fought with each other are now coming together with the desire to understand and appreciate. Expressions of compassion, love, and a willingness to allow every individual to be themselves are becoming more and more evident.
I find joy everywhere, but I find a special joy in our human awakening. Most of us now see ourselves not as separated, but united. We see ourselves as both One and Unique. We’re coming to understand that our individual expressions of joy don’t keep us apart, but rather, they bring us together because we are reflections of the infinite aspects of the Divine. When each of us pays attention to THAT Truth instead of the actions of those who buy into the illusion of separation, we find the prosperity, love, and joy we seek.
Be well, my friends. Until next time.
About the Author
Appio Hunter is an author, speaker, spiritual guide, and self-described champion for living joyously. He uses his seminars and workshops to facilitate conversations about authenticity, alignment, and the daily experience of community, connection, and joy. Appio is also a weekly columnist with The Good Men Project and co-host of the Real Men Feel Show along with his good friend Andy Grant.