Manifesting in Radical Oneness
One of the joys of the One in the Oneness is creating. The reason each expression of the One came into beingness in the physical realm is to create and expand, adding to the whole. Sometimes, however, we seem to lose sight of this; to forget the pleasure of creation and fixate on contrast: the contrast of success/failure, wanted/unwanted, mine/not mine. As I understand it, the contrast is woven into the manifest for the purpose of creation. It helps us to form preferences which can be explored, refined, and developed, and through that processes we direct our energies to more creation. When we allow all of that, creation is more diverse and joyful. The manifestation that is me follows the path of my preferences and creates, while the manifestation that is you follows your preferences and creates in a different direction.
I was baking a quiche yesterday. Actually, I was baking two. I had worked late into the night preparing the ingredients so that the next morning I could just assemble them and bake them for breakfast. I have a funky little oven. It is a combination of microwave, light wave oven, convection oven and grill. Adjusting temperatures and cooking times for recipes is a little tricky. I preheated the oven to 200℃, then, before placing the filled crust in the oven, I decreased the temperature to about 155℃. The first quiche went into the oven and baked beautifully. I took the first quiche out of the oven to cool and preheated the oven again to 200℃. I decided to do some dishes while the second quiche was cooking, so I popped the second quiche in the oven and got to work. Halfway through the baking time, I needed to rotate the quiche, so I was keeping my eye on the clock. When the time was right, I opened the oven door and found myself staring at a quiche that was already beginning to burn on the top. I was shaken, to say the least. I realized I had forgotten to turn the temperature down the second time. The interior of the quiche was still far from being cooked but the top was starting to look like a pizza that had been in the oven too long. For a couple of minutes, I had no idea what to do. Should I continue cooking it? How much more would it burn, even if I reduced the heat? In my surprise and confusion, I was not paying attention to what was happening and I allowed a wave of anger at myself to overwhelm me. You know, I think if someone had called me that morning and told me I had lost my job, I would have taken it better than I did at the failure of baking a quiche. Even while it was happening, I knew my reaction was utterly out of proportion to the situation, but for the moment, I was there in Fear and Loathing in, well not Las Vegas but Derek John Thomas. After a few minutes (yes, it took me several minutes to gain hold of sanity) I took my object attached self by the horns and decided to just lower the temperature and continue baking to the end.
The quiche turned out to be very edible and even one person said the second quiche tasted better because it had a richer flavor (I would still have called it a smoky flavor). But what had happened to me? Well, I happened to me. I was attached to an expected outcome, I distracted myself and then, I resisted the manifesting outcome. I am fortunate to have learned not to take action when I am not aligned with Self – for the most part. When I got myself together, I was able to attract the outcome that I wanted, which was good food to share with people.
How often do we, in situations like this when we think the unfolding manifestation is not what we want, start thinking of ourselves as unlucky, or being punished, or even being the subject of some universal ill will? I can assure you there is nothing and no one out there to have ill will or a desire to punish. In Radical Oneness there is only the Oneness which has nothing but love to share within that Oneness. Or, God has only love for all that God is, and that is also us. When we are flowing with that love, abundance, well-being, and awareness, we create and manifest beautifully. When what we don’t expect to happen happens and we receive with trust and love, the creative and loving flow just continues. I, however, did not do that yesterday, well, not at first. I reacted out of fear and lack. But then, I accepted myself and my aspects and reactions that still need healing, got back with the program, and created beautifully (including my own perceived flaws).
God wants diversity in creation. The Creating Divine Intelligence delights in variety and expansion. If we as individual manifestations within and of the Oneness could comprehend all of that, then our résistance would shrink, but we are also attached to the perceptions of our egos. I am using the word ego to describe our learned and thought-word object focused selves – the part of ourselves that attaches to a fictitious past and/or future and is oriented toward lack and protection. This ego-self is not the entirety of the self and can bring the self out of alignment with the Self. That is that little voice that harangues non-stop about hording and keeping safe can distract the conscious manifested mind, self, away from the eternal and vibrational Self. This ego resists so much because it is afraid of getting lost in the out-thereness it sees in the One. It is afraid of losing cohesion and control, when the truth is, I think, what the ego considers cohesion is a prison and control is impossible because there is no assertion within the Oneness.
Wow, I think I just ventured into something I won’t be able to finish today. I will stop here and continue again later.
Peace and All Good.
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