“Every time you victimized someone you were victimizing yourself. Every act of kindness you have done, you have done to yourself.” - Andy Weir (The Egg)
“We don’t see things as they are – we see them as WE are.” Anais Nin
“Sooner or later in life, we will all take our turn being in the position we once had someone else in.” - Ashly Lorenzana
I read a short story by Andy Weir, the above quote having come from that piece. In his story a man dies in an accident and finds himself confused with his surroundings. He sees another man who explains things a bit to him. I don’t do the tale justice, but in short he told him that the life he had just had was just another in a long string. In fact, this universe had been made solely for him to awaken, and every person who ever lived or will live in this world were all just different versions of himself. In life, he interacted with himself continually without having a clue that this was the case, and each different person was but a different manifestation of him. He would have to keep at this until he achieved enough perfection to move to the next level as a spirit. And, promptly, he was sent to live as an impoverished Chinese peasant girl.
Now, at first blush this runs counter to all kinds of logical thought. But a sign of a mature mind is being able to consider and weigh points of view without necessarily taking them on.
What was Jesus’s rule? Do unto others - as you would have them – do unto you. God is everything or God is nothing comes from the scientific point of view, and if he is indeed everything then by definition we are all different manifestations of the same entity. Eastern thought says that the law of Karma dictates that whatever we give we will receive – mirrored by the St. Francis Prayer and other Judeo-Christian lines of thought.
So, without accepting or rejecting the view-point, what would life look like if I were fully “awakened” and realized that every other person on this earth is just me experiencing a different lifetime? How harshly judgmental would I remain? How would I treat me as a confused teen in puberty who is acting out with body piercings and tattoos? How would I treat me as the religious and political zealot who craves publicity for self-validation? How would I treat me with Alzheimer’s and how would I treat me with AIDS? How would I treat me as the manipulative boss and how would I treat me as a sniveling employee? How would I treat me as a drug fueled prostitute and how would I treat me as a power mad police officer? Would I then be able to see the underlying fears that were driving me and thus treat the other “myself” with gentleness and compassion?
Perhaps the question is, how do I treat me as I am right now? When I am at peace with myself and thus in the “zone” I can see the spirit in others and know that spirit intimately. When I am in conflict with myself I see and judge the outward appearances and actions. Whatever the truth is, isn’t it true that how I treat me is how I treat the world? When I mistreat others isn’t it due to my own internal conflict that I am acting out on? Isn’t what I criticize others for just a reflection of what I fear my own faults are?
I wonder if I could spend one full day truly “doing unto others AS THOUGH THEY ARE ME.” And I wonder what the outcome of that day would be? Maybe I can just try it with the next person I interact with. And in doing so, just maybe I will learn to be kind to me.
Today may I know oneness.
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