I recently had the pleasure of viewing a documentary called The Nature of Existence. Only a few short years ago I would have watched hoping to find an answer for myself. I was on the same journey as the creator, Roger Nygard. He traveled all over the world asking the same questions: What is the nature of existence? Why are we here?
As I learned about religions and cultural teachings I knew nothing about, and listened to physicists, philosophers, theologians and spiritual leaders from disciplines I thought I understood, one common emotion arose. Laughter! As I sat back and listened to what people believed with all their hearts, I realized how childlike we humans are. We cling to our “realities” so fiercely that we can’t see anything else.
There was another common theme to the documentary – rules. As experts and lay people explained the Tao, Buddhism and Christianity, I kept thinking to myself “I didn’t get that at all.” It seemed that every wondrous teaching had been taken and transformed by adding a set of rules. I realized that’s what organizations and institutions do — they create rules. The most beautiful verses on life can transform to the ridiculous merely by adding a few decrees.
But from an energetic perspective, I understand that people coming together with a common theme of peace and goodwill creates powerful healing for all beings. The energy of a single compassionate open heart becomes an intense force when we come together. I thought, “wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a place where we could gather every week and listen to a new spiritual teacher or theologian?” The only stipulation would be that there could be no rules about what to believe. And then I realized – that was another rule! Back to the drawing board…
As I looked at my cats sitting around me, I understood that animals already had this dilemma solved. Animals are groups of spiritual beings creating joy and healing just by being. Wildlife exemplifies this concept. Amazing energies are created with packs of wolves, families of gorillas and schools of fish. They aren’t doing anything “special”; they are existing.
Perhaps we humans are doing the same thing without comprehending it. The most powerful energies in life are created as we share our experiences with each other. It may be a wedding, a funeral or the celebration of a new baby. Even watching the Super Bowl this weekend with other die-hard Steelers fans will create wonderful energy – win or lose.
Can we give up the rules and doctrines of organizations yet keep the masterful teachings they provide? I honestly don’t know, but it is a journey that I believe all humans have already begun. For Steelers fans this weekend, it’s our Stairway to Seven. Please share what is it for you.