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 Individualism

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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

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Author:

Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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