“The consciousness of the Unity of Life is something that must be experienced before the truth may be realized. It is not necessary for one to wait until he acquire full Cosmic Consciousness before he may realize, at least partially, the Oneness of All Life, for he may unfold gradually into the Cosmic Knowing, experiencing at each stage a fuller conception of the underlying Unity …In the one life of the tree, does the leaf feel less important and real for this discovery[that it is just a part of the tree]? We should say assuredly not, for it must feel that behind its tiny form and limited strength is the strength and vitality of the entire of the tree.” ~William Walker Atkison
Just as a race car doesn’t go from a complete stop to 200 miles an hour instantly, nor a departing jet reach cruising speed instantly, the awakening of our higher levels of consciousness do not just suddenly happen, with rare exception. As we practice our spiritual techniques, we are changing constantly and we are usually not aware that we have changed at all because it is so gradual. Occasionally, someone makes a big leap forward, but usually it’s just slow, but steady progress. Of course, there are also those occasions when we fall back a few steps, or step off the given path and have to find our way back, but such is life. The truth is, if we struggle for it, we appreciate it more.
Sometimes, a spiritual student who has been studying for five, ten, even twenty years may think she has made little progress, but them she meets someone she hasn’t seen in many years and the person remarks about how much she has changed. Not in physical appearance, spiritual people actually tend to age more slowly than others, but in personality, in her way of thinking, in her understanding of the world and how things really work. Then the student realizes she has made progress. Continue reading “Consciousness of Unity”