- I believe that the universe is a unified field
- I believe in inclusivity
- I believe that both/and is a more accurate perception of and relationship to the world than either/or
- I believe that attachment to the dualistic either/or, on an individual level or globally (me/you, us/them), is single-handedly responsible for more aggression than anything else
- I believe that interconnectedness is essential nature/reality; and that it also needs to be a felt experience in order for us to truly recognise the ultimate non-separation of self and other.
BUT what is a belief other than a deeply-held opinion, sometimes and sometimes not apparently borne out by experience?
Of what value is a belief - unless it helps one to live with more kindness, more compassion, more input into the collective project of evolution of consciousness?
And Zen would of course have one ask, in order to gain insight into the nature of ego: Who is it thinking 'I believe'?
For 35 years I've espoused a spiritual path that in essence is simple. Its aim is to lead one beyond the appearances of things, beyond attachment to things being permament, and beyond identification with ego as a substantial separate and all-determining entity. Its focus is the development of metta: loving kindess, or compassion. And it is so hard to live according to this. And if you read yesterday's blog you will know how much time I personally spend defending one view (one ego's view) of the universe against another. Either/or. Over and over the practice, of course, is to move beyond this; and of course one draws to oneself experiences and situations that will show exactly where life pinches, and test one's truths.
As a reminder to self to cultivate the 'so what' of the attitude attuned to transience, here's a little Zen poem I share with you:
Nothing, nothing at all
dies, says the shell again
from the depth of hollowness.
swept off by tide – so what?
in sand, drying in sunlight,
in moonlight. Nothing to do
or anything else. Over
it vanishes with the wave.