Human ecology is about the interaction of people with each other and with their environment, including all our interconnectedness and all our inter-penetrability. That’s all inside us as well as outside us. What a lot to carry. So we get caught up, through our subpersonalities, in emotional dramas, irrational mental fantasies and soul-less interactions. We experience a triple separation:
– separated within ourselves (with all the attendant inner dialogue this creates, oh ‘good’ me oh ‘bad’ me!)
– separated from ourselves (with large parts of us lost in shadow)
– and separated from the Self within us (so disconnected from our highest and deepest aspirations).
Or so it seems at those times, but nothing can truly be in opposition to the unfolding universe, however it may temporally appear.
What if we move away from a dualistic worldview and take a more unifying, mystical perspective and consider that everything is just as it is, each person and event perfect in itself? From that viewpoint, we don’t have to put some idea of ‘destiny’ ‘fate’ or even ‘god’ into it to say that things are meant to be, it’s simply that things unfold as they unfold. And of course if there is no ‘god’ directing everything then it is highly likely there is no opposite force trying to spoil things either!
From this perspective, our healing work isn’t to make the world different, rather it is to make us aware of how the world is so we have increased choice about how we interact with it. If we can do anything about the state of the world, it is to come to that place of acceptance where what is, simply is. The aim of such a perspective is not to make us into passive observers, or dis-empower us, but to offer insight and connections that enable us to make clearer choices. At a deep level this means to realise the personal and Spiritual (or ‘Transpersonal’) Will are not separate within or without us.
If we look at this from an inclusive, unified position (rather than a dualistic one) it offers us an insight into the dynamic of synthesis. Rather than the opposing poles remaining separate and the best that can happen is to find a place somewhere between the two, somewhere that is neither one or the other (an ‘either/or’ state), from a synthesizing perspective we move to a different position where we include both poles in the apparent opposition (a ‘both/and’ state). If, for instance, our thoughts and feelings are in opposition, then we look for a way to bring these two forces together (perhaps through finding ways of activating a stronger connection to a deeper intent) rather than holding them apart and trying to find some (imagined) middle ground.
If we set something against something else from the viewpoint of the personality there is separation and conflict, but this is an opportunity for growth, particularly as the perceived separation highlights the conditions at play and offers as clearer perspective on the choices available. Separation then enables us to have some clearer choices about how we view ourselves in the world, and our understanding of ourselves and, most importantly gives us the opportunity to come back to ourselves. In words from the Mystery Tradition: separated for the sake of love and the chance of union.
I wrote at the beginning that human ecology is about interaction, interconnectedness and inter-penetrability. Truth is, if we inquire deeply we find that ecological responsibility is not ‘out there’ but within ourselves. If we are, at a fundamental level, all one (or at the very least ‘all on this journey together’) then we each have to take individual responsibility for what we project into the world, what we prefer to see as remote and not to do with us, not ‘our fault.’ Embracing what apparently separates us gives us a great opportunity to take this responsibility and make out choices life-affirming, moving us towards rather than away from the unity of Self that underpins all, the essential connection for a true and deep ecological awareness.
Will Parfitt www.willparfitt.com