Interconnectedness ©2014 Joan Newcomb
An aging teacher tired of his student's complaints. One day, he sent him to get some salt. When the student returned, the teacher told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.
“How does it taste?” the teacher asked.
“Bitter,” said the student.
The teacher then asked the student to take a handful of salt and toss it in the lake. Then the old teacher said, “Now drink from the lake.”
The teacher asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh,” said the student.
“Do you taste the salt?” asked the teacher.
“No,” said the student. The teacher explained gently:
“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain remains exactly the same. But the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container. When you are in pain, all you need do is enlarge your awareness. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”
I'd take this a step further and say that the pain of life IS exactly the same, we are tasting the same salt that that others are tasting. If we contain it within our bodies, it will feel overwhelming. If we release it back to the Cosmic Sea, we gain compassion and awareness.
We're Consciousness experiencing individuality. Our bodies are transmitters and receivers. We have our reactions to events, but we also draw from the pool of lower emotions. When we operate from Consciousness, we can choose what we transmit.
The Buddhist bodhichitta mediation practice has one breathing in the world's misery and breathing out loving-kindness.
In other words, you can use your body as a transformer of lower vibrations into higher vibrations.
This only works if you're already grounded and cleared, otherwise you're just swimming in pond scum.
You can tell when you're experiencing your own body's emotions, from when you're experiencing the collective discomfort. Your own feelings have clarity, when you're feeling other's feelings, it's overwhelming. Toss their salt back into the sea.
It's easy to get caught up in collective events, people coming together to protest, people reacting to a natural (or man-made) disaster. We're naturally compassionate, we respond to other's sadness. But we can't help others if we're drowning ourselves.
There's another practice where you quietly turn within and emanate Love. You don't have to transmute other's feelings for this one. In fact, in filling your energy field with this higher vibration, you de-energize any lower frequencies of your own that you're holding on to.
This helps bring light into the world, and gives others the opportunity to match a higher vibration. It helps Consciousness evolve.
We don't need to eliminate all uncomfortable feeling responses, that just numbs us and misses the point of being in a body. When you expand your awareness, feelings wash through you. Discomfort still exists, and you're holding a bigger space.
We're all capable, Infinite Beings. We are at choice. Be the Ocean.