When I was a child, I would sit in bed at night and contemplate how the universe could be infinite. How can something go on forever? I would envision how there might be a brick wall in space where the universe would end, but then I would ask what was behind the wall. I would have to stop thinking about the whole idea because it would literally blow my mind. This concept of expansiveness, the concept that God is everywhere, without end, is unable to be understood and processed by a mind which is functioning in a body. The mind sees separation, and its perception is that time and space are fixed, but quantum physics has shown that they are not fixed. However, one advantage and purpose for being in a body, in a “separate” self is that it gives us the perception we are limited, and this is the opening which provides the contrast to the infinite expansiveness that we are.
A wave crashes on a distant beach that no one has ever visited. The wind blows through a stand of trees where no human has been. An ant moves in the forest. Ice sits buried twenty feet deep in Antarctica. All are God, one body, one Consciousness expressing joyfully. All are perfect, all are One, all appearing in different forms. This expression is continuous, whether seen or heard by humans. Expansiveness is being the Oneness with this expression that is throughout Earth and an infinite universe.
When you have been on the journey for a while, you can become frustrated as old belief systems return. Old fears, old judgments return, not to punish, but because they are Love, showing you who you really are through contrast. You can only know your expansiveness through comparison. The old beliefs are contained within expansiveness. Without any trees, there would be no recognition of a forest. Expansiveness is acceptance. How do you accept something which you believe is blocking you from the expansiveness? Understand that it is the belief that is blocking you-accept and embrace that belief.
Expansiveness holds everything and nothing. Everything, because it is all possibilities. Nothingness is from which the realm of all possibilities generates.
As I look back to my childhood, I realize that I was never comfortable in who I was. Part of this was attributable to the trauma inflicted by my mother, but part of this was the fact that I had a hard time adjusting to this world. I came from a space of infinite Allness to one where I was limited. My mind, which was very logical and analytical, could not grasp this “other world.” When the mind cannot understand something, it will fear it. This is especially true of the mind understanding God. When my mind became fearful of the unknown, it attempted to become even stronger, blocking out any memory of my true nature.
This journey cannot be understood. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you will be at peace. Understanding is a natural seeking for the mind. For a long time I tried to understand what was happening for me on this path and where I was headed. But my understanding never took me there, and it won’t for you either. God happens. It is not that you think it and then you go there. Trying to understand is a form of control that comes from fear.
Clarity requires something being finite, but God is not finite. Allow the River of Life to take you in the direction it presents. Just as the waters swirl in the river, constantly moving you along with changing scenery, there is a steady stream of thoughts, emotions, and experiences that swirl into you and back out of you. Just like the boat trip on the river, you simply enjoy the ride. You don’t have to know (clarity) where you are going or even where you are at in that moment. Fear, as in clinging to a rock or wanting to stop the boat, arises from wanting to know where you are at and not being able to know.
Non-understanding is the state of Being, not a state of doing or thinking. When you reside in non-understanding, you are present in the body, not the mind. This state helps you let go of the rock in the River, so that the River can carry you without your resistance.
When you see that you really don’t know or understand anything, then you are free to Be. You submit to the wisdom of the body of God, allowing the River of Life to reveal Itself to you. In the world, learning operates under the belief that something can be known and understood. How can we know something which is Infinite? How can an individual tree know how far the forest extends?
God cannot know Himself as Love without appearing to be separate parts, without appearing to be something. But even these parts cannot be understood, because they are forms which are in constant change, never stationary or fixed.
Acceptance that you cannot understand anything leads to great humility and a joyous opening and softening of the heart. When the heart is open, all judgment passes away, and God is able to reveal Himself to you. The eyes see with a gentleness and a compassion that expresses the Love that we are. Freedom is yours, and you are open to all possibilities. And God is infinite possibilities.
The paradox is that while we do not understand anything, we know the Truth of our Being. We know ourselves as Love, as the One.
Trust in the unknown. That is all that is “known,” all that is certain, all that can be counted on. God is infinite, unlimited possibilities. When we trust in the unknown, we trust in God.
As I walk through the world awake, I walk as the Son or as the One, the Father being all that exists. This alternation is like a see saw that is always in movement. Without the Son, the Father could not be known as the Father. Without the Father, the Son would not be recognized as the Son. This balance has defined Duality for me.
Duality is the counterpoint to Oneness, the black to the white. In order to know Oneness, you must know Duality. One does not exist without the recognition of the other.
Seeing “good” and “bad” does not separate you from God. If you believe you are separate, then your vision sees good and bad. Seeing good and bad then acts as false reinforcement, or proof, that your belief in separation is true. What we see “outside” our Self is only a projection of what we see “inside” our Self, for outside and inside are not separate. If we see separation or differences in the world, it flows from our belief in duality, our belief that we are separate from God.
What is it that you push away most? That is Oneness calling you, showing you. What is it that you are most attracted to? Is it the Oneness? That is the Oneness calling you, showing you. Every direction you turn, every thought you have, even the belief in Duality, is the Oneness. The paradox is resolved in the One.
If you still distinguish periods in your life between nonconnected/fear states and connected/oneness states, you are reinforcing and perpetuating a duality which does not exist. You believe in appearances. Duality is the vehicle in which you can see the Oneness revealed in everything, both as the experience of Oneness (the connected state), and as the contrast to the experience of Oneness (the non-connected state).
We cannot recognize something as Love if we are recognizing it as separate. The appearance of Duality is reinforced by the recognition of Duality. What if we could see the Oneness that is present in the Duality, the appearance of differences? Rejoice in the appearance of differences, for this is the richness of Life, the way for you as the Divine to know Itself in an infinite number of ways.
Lawrence Doochin has traveled a long journey of self-discovery. After years of spiritual study, Lawrence began receiving these revelations, which he recorded in his journal. As he wrote, Lawrence had no idea that the revelations would become a book.
From I Am Therefore I Am: Finding God in our Heart. Copyright © 2008 by Lawrence Doochin. Used by arrangement with In Harmony Publishing, Tennessee. www.iamthereforeiam.com