Recently, after a fairly remarkable psychic fair here in Rochester, I came away with the desire to explore the idea of Lemuria and what it means to me. We will explore this further in future episodes, but it has become apparent that the Creative Spirit is really us. In the beginning there was us, an amazing group of unified spirits that wanted to explore ways of being and learning and searching in order to raise the spiritual consciousness to a new and even more vibrant plane of existence. In no way does this revelation take away from the centrality of a being I call the Creative Spirit, that is comprised of the All, which does really mean all of us and that, in a way I am somewhat amazed and awed by, brings us to the idea selected before this revelation, which is the topic of this week’s blog post, Ubuntu.
I read a story about an anthropologist who went to Africa for some sort of research project. He gathered a group of children and pointed to a pile of fruit he had placed some distance away. He told them that the child who reached the fruit first could have all of it. He readied them at the starting line and said go. The children took each other’s hands and ran together so they all reached the fruit at the same time. When he caught up with the children he asked why they had done this, since a sole runner would have had all the fruit to himself/herself. They explained by turning to the concept of Ubuntu: “How can one of us be happy if one of is sad.”
Ubuntu is “a quality that includes the essential human virtues of compassion and humanity.” It is also defined as: “‘I am what I am because of who we all are.” It makes the community rather than the individual the essential center of a group’s existence.
I think when we look at our essential beings, this is a reflection of that. We are all One spirit expressed diversely through various planes in this universe. We are connected through what is known as the interdependent web, which binds us one to the other through and in the energy of love. One of the aims of incarnating is to discover how we can manifest that oneness while in the illusion of separateness, that is, existing in different bodies. I believe this experience would help to elevate the vibrational frequency of the One because while in the body we are most like our true selves when we work through our lives with empathy and compassion, i.e., when we practice Ubuntu. And because we are being challenged by being separated, we need to discover ways to express these positive attributes.
When we practice the concept of Ubuntu, we do not think about our lives as separate from one another wherein one person succeeds at the expense of the others, but as a community all growing and sharing in this time and space.
Can you imagine a group of people all working toward a positive goal with no thought of individual advancement but only for the good of the All? That would be the essence of Ubuntu at work in and through the energy of love.
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