Not sure why, but I woke up thinking about a great word that you might want to add to your vocabulary. The word is "individuation".
The fact is (and it is a fact), we're all part of One Thing, made of One Energy, and everyone and everything is included...no exceptions. Of course, we are not the same; our paths are different. A tree is not a flower; my thumb is not my pinkie. But we're all part of one great body. From the cells in our fingertips to the furthest reaches of the universe, everything is part of--an individuation of--that One Thing: Life.
As we consider the state of our world, knowing we CAN do better, that there IS another way, we may start to look for a healing place by considering how deeply connected we really are. By relating to each other with this as a kind of "root assumption", we'll make new choices about HOW we can change (and alter our political, financial and religious constructs), in ways that reflect this expanded understanding of who we really are.
Embracing our fundamental Oneness; recognizing--and celebrating--the fact that we are all individuations of Life itself, is, I believe, our best starting point as we look to heal an ailing world...and finally consider peace as a realistic option.
- Stephen Jerrome
- Los Angeles, CA, United States
- I am a writer, photographer and musician living in Los Angeles. In the last few years, new written work--numerous plays, screenplays, and two novels--have demonstrated this to be the most productive period of my life. The journal I have also kept for thirty-five years has, of late, become a personal sounding board for my thoughts on peace and the state of the world...about which I remain hopelessly optimistic! My writing here will be in tandem to video "Peace Talks" I have recorded, and which will be released throughout 2011. You're welcome to visit my website, the "Studio 5" link, to see my photographs. As a classically-trained pianist, I have been composing music all my life. Two guitar re-mixes of piano music are attached here, as well as several music videos, including "Consider Peace" the title track of an up-coming CD. Balancing writing, photography and music has been a long and challenging path...not to be recommended! Yet this very Aries diversity reflects an enthusiasm for the modern world of which I feel very much a part.