What is, and what is not

Try this on: you own the entire world, it’s yours to profit from and cherish. There’s nowhere you don’t belong because this planet is your home. Everyone you meet is your extended family. You are comfortable with both your smallness and power. You are clear about what is, and what is not.

You own the entire world.

In the final analysis, ownership of property is a mutually agreed upon fantasy. We collectively engage in a creative process of imagination to keep track of who “owns” what. Private ownership of property is an extremely useful lens for keeping general social order, but it’s important to remind ourselves that it’s an abstraction created by our minds that in reality, doesn’t exist.

It’s yours to profit from and cherish.

As a representative of our highly observant and capable species, you sit at the summit of the food chain, at the peak of mammalian ability, you manipulate time and material to serve your ends. With such power over our environment we choose daily what kind of impact we leave in our wake.

There’s nowhere you don’t belong because this planet is your home.

Home is a point of view, a matter of scale. Depending on context your home might be a specific street, a subdivision, a neighborhood, a city, a county, state, or country. We know this much: the nearest possibly inhabitable planet, our closest terrestrial neighbor in this ever expanding universe is so far away it would take us over 137,000 years to travel there. From this vantage, the Earth is your home. You belong here and so do I.

Everyone you meet is your extended family.

We put special emphasis on those closest to us on the genetic family tree. This is an adaptive behavior, we historically relied on family for survival and security. All people share 99.9 percent identical DNA and descend from a common ancestor less than 200,000 years ago. All life currently on earth share a universal common ancestor estimated to have lived some 3.5 to 3.8 billion years ago.

You are comfortable with both your smallness and power.

Stated as fact, this is an invitation to step into the power of completely accepting reality as you encounter it, without judgement, without ego, without fear.

You are clear about what is, and what is not.

As your vision clears, you breathe life into new possibilities, no longer handcuffed and blindfolded by the need to assert a fantastic veneer of abstraction to comfort, reduce, ameliorate, and placate. You drop your storyline and with a silent, open-hearted curiosity you expand what’s possible through the simple, revolutionary act of fearless discovery.

Join me.

 

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