A while back I was tying up some loose ends by deleting files on my computer I knew I wouldn’t need. During this expedition through the computer, I came across a paper I had written in college about comparing and contrasting the Holocaust with the Japanese Internment Camps. I decided to skim through the paper, and the last paragraph caught my attention because it so vividly expresses why spiritual evolution is not an individual experience, and to truly elevate ourselves to the next level we must in turn be elevating others to their next level.
“In this game of life, we are only as good as our partner… our partner being the other in a relationship, or a race or ethnic group co-existing with a dominant culture. The best game is when partners are equal, in top form, sharing their diversities, and enriching their experience. Dominating a partner only weakens the game, unbalancing it, lessening its vigor and quality. It is my hope in these changing times that the rules for the game will improve, encouraging understanding,and thus, acceptance and respect for all partners.”
The above synchronizes very well with ideas brought forth in The Celestine Prophecy – that when two peoples’ energies are aligned, the total energy between them amplifies. In other words, the whole truly is greater than the sum of the parts.
Therefore, as long as we view spiritual evolution as an individual thing, for each of us, we are losing out on that opportunity to amplify our energy. Also, to view spiritual evolution as uniquely individual to us requires that we deny the possibility that we are interconnected.
Whenever we take another step towards enlightenment, we increase the presence of harmony in the Universe. However, as long as there are others who have not taken steps forward, we are also increasing the contrast between those in harmony and those who are a little more chaotic. This is not unlike the disparity between the rich and the poor, which we have seen causes great societal problems. It is also not unlike the difference between the skilled and the unskilled, such as in a soccer game between some young children and a professional team whose sole goal is to win at all costs. As you can imagine, the disparity in such a game ensures that nobody has fun.
The same is true of our spiritual evolution. Though we all are individuals with unique personalities and different paths, we’re also interconnected and our different paths still lead to the same place. Though some of us may reach that place faster than others, we should be aware that we are not doing it alone… that we cannot be doing it alone. Every step we take towards enlightenment helps to amplify the interconnectedness of the Universe whether we try or not… whether we care or not.
So when I title a post “Why We Must Spiritually Evolve Together,” it is not a command to do something, but rather, a statement of undeniable truth. There is no other way to evolve spiritually, and all attempts to believe otherwise come from our egos wanting to feel more important than they really are.
In our awareness of this truth, we begin to understand the incredibly powerful impact of extending a hand of gratitude and compassion towards everything. However, it’s not enough for me to say that… because half of the people reading this are probably thinking I’m out of my mind (which I’ll admit, I have been “working” towards!). Instead, ask yourself this:
If I knew without a doubt that all people were interconnected and our spiritual evolution was ultimately dependent upon one another, how might I interact with other people differently?
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