I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.
-- Pope John XXIII
The awakening man comes to a realization that all people and all things are connected in some way. He feels a connection with the earth when he plunges his trowel and hands into its derma. Often, he feels at one with his mate, his family, or a close friend. As his consciousness expands, he feels a greater bond with all people, all animals, all of nature, all of the universe.
Connection is a fundamental property of the universe. Scientists tell us that all matter in the universe is connected via a force not yet comprehended, although we have several models for it. Perhaps its essence is the graviton, the Higgs boson, “dark” energy, or, for those spiritually inclined, what we might term God. Pictures can clarify our models.
|The universe pulsates as a living network|
The awakening man feels a deep relationship with others that peaks in times of deep sharing from the heart. Some may call that compassion, love, humanity, or it may be explained by the Jungian concept of the collective unconscious. He understands not only that there are only six degrees of separation between any two people, but also that we are all directly linked with each other at a deeper level. He looks into the eyes of each person, and he encounters their soul.
|You are separated from an other person only by four other people|
Often, we feel a closeness with animals and nature. My own experience includes dogs and horses who seem to have their own sense of relationship with humans. They seem to know intuitively when we are in pain or ill or peaceful, and they often move close us in gentleness and comfort.
Finally, the awakening man reflects on inner unity, getting in touch with his emotions, mind, body, and spirit. He takes the hero’s journey inward to his core, that which has been variously called the inner child, true self, inner self, center, inner goddess, and spirit.
Our connectedness increases as we seek enlightenment. Our hearts fill with awe, we feel the energy of the universe, perhaps name it God, ever reaching toward us, surrounding us, embracing our souls.
How have you connected today? What connections give your life meaning and joy? What will you do to become more intimate with the whole?