Not too far from where I am now is a hidden cove, part of a tidal estuary, abundant in wildlife with barely a trace of human behavior. Considering I am 28 miles from Manhattan, that is virtually unimaginable. It is a new place of sanctuary for me. One that called me early one cool April morning when I needed to fully immerse in nature. Arriving at low tide, I looked out at the boulder strewn ocean floor, rich in mussels and emerging eelgrass sprouts. Seagulls, osprey and geese passed overhead. A large rock offered me her smooth surface to meditate. I closed my eyes and immersed in the vibration of the natural world. When I opened my eyes, a clear tidal pool, seemingly separate from the ocean, was before me. It’s characteristics distinct, definable and describable, as if an entire ecosystem ~ a world in and of itself. Yet, as the water slowly rose, the tidal pool was at once enveloped by the ocean and then indistinguishable from the whole.
The dance of the tides is one of ebbs and flows, of separateness and wholeness. In our own way, we share this dance, waking in the morning to our own tidal pool and illusion of separateness. Our external world seemingly so clear and distinct; complete with characters and scene changes ~ a veritable Theater of Life. There are ebbs and flows of who’s and what’s coming in and out. Some support, others test and even more challenge us. Everything and everyone reflecting back to us our internal world. Nudging us forward on our evolutionary Journey. Then, at nightfall, we move into darkness and sleep. We immerse in the sea of our subconscious; the source of knowing and Truth, integrating all the events of the day into the fabric of our Being. Until, we awake again into our individual worlds that we perceive as reality.
The ultimate illusion is that our external world, our separateness, is our Truth. Many engage fully, caught up in the drama and expectations, the individual characters, the experience of what was or the anticipation of what will be, even endeavoring to control an outcome. Not seeing that every single experience is temporary, fleeting, and illusory. A stream of thoughts and accompanying emotions and beliefs. A collection of perceptions of moments. A vantage point informed by all the events and experiences of this life and perhaps many others. A singular and unique point of view not shared by another Soul.
Imagine the ebb and flow, the coming and going of external experiences, as a form of erosion. A process of breaking down the internal and external structures that conceal our Truth. Of mirrors and clues and tests that reveal false supports, fears, doubts, attachments, and resistance. Each cycle the opportunity to dismantle piece by piece, layer by layer, the facade until all that remains of us is our true essence, our Divine spark. That spark that is in all living things, is unchanging and is One. To step outside of our individual tidal pool is to see the theater of our own lives. By seeing our own illusion, we develop compassion for others, knowing they too are having this experience just a stone’s throw away. To see is to know that in our physical form we are all just water desiring to be part of, to be enveloped by the whole.
Liza Pullman is President and Founder of Imagina Consulting, Inc. Imagina empowers people to connect to themselves and others transforming their environment from the inside out. Liza’s work in human development and transformation has spanned more than two decades and taken her to South Africa, Colombia, the United Arab Emirates and now, Spain. For deeply transformative experiences, Journeys and Soul Awakenings visit www.imaginaconsulting.com or email email@example.com
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