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The Worlds Around Us

Albert Einstein once said, “The whole of our actions and desires are bound up with the existence of other human beings.” Heartspace shows us how this goes one step further, that the whole of our lives are bound up with the existence of all other existence, everywhere, all the time. The worlds around us support us, and we can learn how to engage with them on purpose.

A ring of gold, stories, promises we make, a highway, a treasure, all the riches, forest groves, farm fields, the night, the moon, a river, a harbor, a tempest, the cradle, the grave, the people around you… All of these things are from the worlds around us. The greatest ideas, the lowest actions, the truest feelings, and the deepest sentiments all come from the worlds around us. These are all worlds because they each have a life of their own, reliant on other worlds and independent unto themselves. Each possesses all the attributes of a world within themselves. Each one has its own occupants, their own customs, and when we visit them we are merely visitors.

It goes like this: Each of us exists according to the connections we have within and around ourselves. Without those connections, we would simply cease to exist. In the same way, a gold ring relies on the molecules inside of it in order to take shape and form. Without being worked into a ring shape, that gold would still exist, but in a different form. Every form has its own gravity, weight, meaning, and purpose. Just like us.

You are your own person, apparently independent in a world much larger than yourself. At the same time, we are all truly interdependent, completely reliant on the larger organism of the universe for your place, face, and belonging. Every one of us requires food, water, shelter, and clothing, and we don’t generate that from within ourselves. Instead, we look to our our neighbors and families, our manufacturers, and our government to ensure we’re provided with these things.

We do the same thing with the larger world around us, relying on sunshine, trees, animals, oceans and rivers, fields, and the atmosphere to meet a lot of our needs. While we’re doing that we’re compiling our interaction by subjecting those environmental factors with our burdens and waste.

This is the same relationship we have with the worlds beyond the seen. The shared emotional worlds, intellectual worlds, social worlds, and imaginary worlds all operate on Newton’s law of motion, which says that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This is at the core of Heartspace, too, as our personal engagement automatically and hugely impacts community engagement, and the engagements we have within and around us automatically and hugely impact universal engagement. This is demonstrated when the mouse chases  the cheese, the cat chases the mouse, the dog at chases the cat, the lion chases dog, the elephant chases lion, and the mouse chases the elephant. It all operates in a perfect cycle, personal, community, and universal engagement.

Your interactions within yourself affect the world around you. Rather than isolate and alienate yourself from others, in order to energize Heartspace we should intentionally connect with the worlds around us. Seeing them for their infinite value to our personal engagement, we can consciously and deliberately establish meaningful connections to the people, places, ideas, actions, feelings, and beings all around us, all the time. These worlds unto themselves are interacting with us unconsciously right now. By acknowledging their presence and deliberately engaging with them, we can strengthen ourselves and our ability to be connected within and around us.

Learn more about the worlds within us.

Written by Adam Fletcher, this article was originally posted to http://commonaction.blogspot.com. Learn more at adamfletcher.net!

By Adam F.C. Fletcher

I'm a speaker, writer, trainer, researcher and advocate who researches, writes and shares about education, youth, and history.

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