As the setting sun reaches the earth plane, a veil of cloud gives the impression that the light is split into parts but it is, of course, an illusion…there can be no fragmentation of source; its all a matter of earthly perception.
This setting sun, witnessed on a January walk, subject of my new painting, serves as a reminder of this. We are, each and every one of us, fragments of that source, carrying within us our own individualised expression of light; the means by which source is enabled to know itself. The veils that come down between us in the course of our human experience can make it appear otherwise. These things that would seem to divide us can appear as dark, dense and impenetrable as these clouds first appeared to be just moments before or, again like these clouds, can part just sufficiently to reveal aspects of light that are similar enough to appear to be twin expressions of the same essence and, at those times, we recognise ourselves in those around us sufficiently to work together towards similar goals, side-by-side. A slightly different formation of cloud cover, a swirl of vapour by strong winds, a subtle change in the air-pressure and that same light could be scattered off in all directions in a way that would more nearly replicate the sheer multiplicity and contrast of which this planet is comprised – the source of as much beauty as it is of conflict. Yet still (and this, for me, was the reminder inherent in this moment of light divided), no matter how many directions the light is scattered in, each and every fragment of it originates from the one source behind the veil of cloud. An intention, a longing even, to experience the sheer adventure and challenge of recalling Who We Are through the veil of many clouds is why we sign up for theme-park-earth and yet – as the cloud cover breaks with increasing regularity – we catch ever-more glimpses of where we came from and remember that, beyond the cloud, there really is no separation from those around us; we originate from the same source, regardless of the many and varied ways in which we choose to shine. From that perspective, beyond the clouds, we are all One.
This brings to mind Edgar D. Mitchell and his well-known observation of how his own perception altered completely once he was able to look back at the earth from the perspective of the moon:
“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.'”
In his book, “The Way of the Explorer”, he continues to explain how he felt on the return trip to earth:
“It was all there suspended in the cosmos on that fragile little sphere. What I experienced was a grand epiphany accompanied by exhilaration, an event I would later refer to in terms that could not be more foreign to my upbringing in west Texas, and later, New Mexico. From that moment on, my life would take a radically different course. What I experienced during that three-day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness. I actually felt what has been described as an ecstasy of unity…. I perceived the universe as in some way conscious. The thought was so large it seemed inexpressible, and to a large degree it still is.”
With a nod to his predecessor on the moon, Neil Armstrong, what proved to be “one (not-so) small step” for Edgar Mitchell was evolutionarily, I suspect, one heck of a massive leap for mankind since, on the basis we are all connected aspects of one consciousness (and so experiential ‘leaps’ encountered by just a few impact upon the evolution of the many – see Morphic Resonance In Human Learning), the entirely new perspective gained through flight and then space travel over the past century will have lifted us all, quite literally, above the cloud cover to where we can, with ever more ease, choose to tap into this expanded consciousness for ourselves. In the meantime, I continue to enjoy clouds for the qualities of (sometimes dark-brooding) beauty, variance and surprise that they inject into my earthly experience – much as I choose to enjoy all the inherently varied and unpredictable experiences that furnish life itself – whilst opening myself ever-more fully to the broader perception beyond.