Sometimes I think that I have forgotten what’s important.
So I attended a discussion recently on building community.
I had hoped that attending this discussion would give me some hands-on strategies for building community….instead, I realized something else entirely.
It turns out that this particular ‘building community’ discussion definitely had a particular Lokean spin on it for me.
From the start, the invited speaker admitted that the basis of his philosophy of community that he was there to discuss was based upon the premise that we are all energetic beings – made of energy – and that we are all looking for love in this world.
Following that, he continued along that love is pure energy in itself and that is what we seek to get for ourselves but it is also what we seek to share with each other .
The whole thing about energy, he insisted, could be explained entirely through physics:
Energy is never destroyed, it just changes form.
We are energy contained in a body temporarily but our energy is timeless and limitless and ancient. In a sense, we are made of similar stuff as the Gods are made. We are as much of Them as They are of us, and that is what attracts Them to us, and us to Them.
Simply put, we are energy carried through time and we are just trying to grow and learn.
Therefore, the meaning of life is to love and to grow and to experience ‘being’.
And I almost cried because it finally connected in my head: That is what He has been talking about, what He is always talking about, when He says:
You are energy. You are a force of love.
Let your love be the energy that it is, pure and simple.
Get away from agendas and petty concerns and the shit that gets tied up in what humans manufacture to keep themselves from that truth.
It’s not that this is the first time that this has ever blown my mind – because I know this.
I am in a perpetual state of my mind being blown open by that truth; I am always learning and re-learning that truth.
It seems to be the only truth: Be. Just allow yourself to be. Experience ‘being’ Love is sharing that experience of being. We are all made of that energy. Make it positive not negative. Move forward, don’t get mired.
I learn; I forget.
Meanwhile, when I forget, I get mired again in petty human manufactures.
And I have to remind myself constantly that these worries, these fears that I have are manufactured; that I can choose to ignore manufactures that hurt me, that seek to constrain joy, constrain the full manifestation of being.
I have to remind myself that I am not damaged; I am no more or no less of the energy that I was at the beginning of time.
And that is a comforting thought.
Nothing has been destroyed. The existence of energy is permanent; anything else is just details, window dressing, constraints.
You are not broken; you’ve just forgotten that you are an energetic being who has gotten mired in manufactured constraints.
Let others be.
If you can help another to realize the constraints, fine. But, ask yourself: are you adding to their constraints with your own petty constraints?
(I hate to admit it, but…probably.)
So. Let those go.
That is not who you are.
That is not who they are.
So. If I can help someone see that we are all just energetic beings – made of energy having a human experience – rather than being a rock or a tree or a timber wolf this go-round – then I have done all I can do?
Just love. Just be. Seek joy. Be the joy that is in this world. Grow. Help others grow. Remember what you are.