The Ground of All Being

Most of the time we go around doing our thing, living our lives from the limited perspective that we call ‘I’. We use the term ‘myself’ to refer to the individual unit of consciousness that we understand the ‘I’ to be. In this model, everyone is separate, each with their own independent mind. Thoughts, feelings, attitudes, experiences all become our personal collateral. We believe they belong to us and no-one else.

I’m entitled to my own opinion, we say.

I know my own mind.

This way of speaking reflects the Newtonian material model of science which asserts the primacy of matter. Hence consciousness is somehow a bi-product of neural activity in the brain. But nobody quite knows how, or can fully explain ‘the hard problem.

There is an alternative - a consciousness first model that scientists are increasingly paying attention to. A theory that gives credence to what Socrates and other philosophers have know for centuries.

This ‘consciousness first’ model says there is something in all of us that exists prior to our thoughts and feelings. The ‘I’ of awareness is always there, before and behind them. It lies at the heart of all our experience and it is something that we all share.

There is no me and you, there is only the ‘I’ of awareness, which is the ground of all Being.

Excerpt from 'My Forgiveness Journal - 40 Days of Ho'oponopono'

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