Equality

Equality. We think of equal as being the same value, quality and size. Identical in number or volume, alike in measurement, nature, etc… Equality among peoples is perceived by many to be an unobtainable goal that we continue to strive for. We often separate our fellow humans as being of different disposition, political affiliation, economic status, religious belief, gender, race, educational background, etc. Perhaps human equality begins with us, the individual.

We are one race. The human race. Some believe and understand that we are all created equal; others disagree with our shared equality. Despite the efforts of some, too many prefer to separate us from each other by creating mind made rules and expectations that separate us. Some believe that as the consciousness of the people of earth evolves, equality will be among one of our greatest human achievements. Our status as humans in our current hierarchy, culture, political, and societal situations does not achieve equality. When we include observations of equality in our meditation practices, the oneness we share is clearly evident. Many will tell you that from an observation of creation, peace, love, truth and existence we are the same. We are each other. Separate, yet one. Divided, yet subject to the same laws of creation. We are equal when it relates to emotional responses, to the human experience, not equal by circumstance, gender, country, education etc., but equal emotionally. Joy is joy, fear is fear, love is love. Equal to the inevitable unfolding of all that is. Equal in the fact we all share in the cycle of life and death. As these realities and truths settle in, as we come to value each other as we do ourselves, equality will come to us all. Society may keep us separate at birth, death brings us all together equally.

A simple meditation, try it out, here and there, when it come to your mind, or not. Observe how you judge your fellow humans by a place of equality. You are well aware of your differences from the point of view created by your mind from a place regarding gender, race, religion, social status, profession, creed, etc. then take a moment and observe the person from a place of truth, a place aware of the knowledge of the cycle of life and death, a place of conscious awareness of love. There is a difference. It’s a new day, your day.

 

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Inner peace may mean different things to different people. Some may believe that inner peace is different for all of us, which can also make defining inner peace a challenge. For many of us, the desire for inner peace can be clouded by definition or in our inability to possess the knowledge to find such a state of being. For myself, inner peace is a mental state of being not clouded by the repetitive conditioned programmed thinking of my mind. A state of being where my true conscious self is separate from the manipulation of my thought stream. Like too many people, I had a rough start. I was raised in the 1960s during a time where the line between discipline and abuse had not yet been drawn by society and where, in many homes, neglect and victimization was the norm. In too many arenas, it is still the same for many unfortunate children and young people today. As a result of the environment I was raised in, I spent most of my twenties in a state of mental anguish. At the age of 27 I came to the understanding that abusing drugs and alcohol was not the answer for dealing with a tortured mind, and though I was able to accomplish and attain many material things that the world had to offer, I wanted something more, inner peace. After being diagnosed with institutional grade PTSD and several sever forms of depression, I decided to take on the challenge of psychoanalytic therapy. For 13 years, I worked with therapists, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, and medical doctors to address the disorders that were the result of my upbringing. I included personal studies of psychology and human behavior to add more knowledge in my pursuit of wellness. By the age of 40, as I had always done, I was sharing the knowledge I had gained and my life experience with others with similar situations to my own. Despite my efforts, I could still not separate from the mind of a manic depressive. I could not attain inner peace. My desire for inner peace led me to meditation. Meditation is a practice that separates us from the workings of the conditioned programmed mind and the endless stream of thought. After several months of mediation studies and practice, I began to feel the separation of my true self from the confines and mental torture of my own mind. At that moment a new, although difficult, journey had begun. I spent years of riding the roller-coaster of mental anguish and peace as I continued my struggle to mental freedom. Now, 18 years since my meditation studies commenced, I find myself in a state of conscious presence that allows me to live peacefully with a mind suffering from mental illness. My journey has included sharing my knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the mind with others to help them attain peace and joy as I have; aiding them in their quest to escape the suffering of the confines of their programmed conditioned minds. I have recently taken my teaching to a new level, carrying myself as a published writer, teaching mediation and sharing the knowledge of the ability for each and every one of us to achieve our natural state of being, which is peace, love and joy.

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