We naturally strive to meet our needs and satisfy our wishes for a rich life. But individualism can be taken too far, making us unhappy by further separating us from our unity with all living things. We can learn to enrich ourselves by growing beyond our individual self to interconnectedness with the One. We cannot separate the earth from the wind and the rain or the trees from the sunlight.
Everyone has his own territory of self, like
Islands separate from everyone else’s islands.
You’re always trying to protect that island so
Nobody else can take it over. You defend it and
You beautify it as much as possible in order to
Make it the best island around.
- A H Almas
It can be difficult to realize we are spiritually isolated. Some of us have a connection with God in heaven, but with little else. Many of us have no spiritual connectedness at all. We are almost totally cutoff from a life beyond ourselves. We forget that we are inescapably connected spiritually to all other living things and pulled toward this idea quite naturally. The sugar of individualism fuels a negative cycle. The more we take, the more individualized we become, the more of a separate individual we become, the more we’re disconnected from our spiritual nature.
Growing beyond our individuality means developing a larger more encompassing perspective that lightens our load. Holy is to be whole.
Cite: Losing the Weight of the World: A Spiritual Diet to Nourish the Soul by Jonathan Kramer, and Diane Dunaway Kramer