Have you seen the documentary, My Octopus Teacher? It’s about a filmmaker whose life is forever changed when he forges an almost magical relationship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest. I watched it last week and have been thinking about the concept of interconnection ever since.
Synchronicities are a type of connection, so it’s not surprising that the idea of interconnection also appeared to me last week in the Divinestrology October 2020 message written one of my teachers, Sara Wiseman. Sara channels messages from the Universe which I always find inspirational and often mind-blowing. In her message, she writes that there is no separation or division in the Universe, that is not possible for humans to be separate from animals, plants or anything living or non-living. There is only Oneness.
I spent the weekend feeling into this Oneness. I wandered in the forest and held a gratitude ceremony with a small group of lovely people, most of whom I had never met before. I danced at the edge of the woods with six of my dear and powerful women friends. I sat on the ground and let my strained knee soak up the earth’s healing energy. I snuggled with my dogs, nuzzled my horses and even chatted briefly with my ducks and chickens.
It is relatively easy for me to feel my connection with animals, nature and the people who inspire me. I can even stretch myself to imagine how one could form a bond with an octopus. Where I’m tested is accepting that there is no separateness between me and people I don’t like, especially the people whose behavior I find abhorrent.
Here are the lines in the Divinestrology message that smacked me in the face: “You have been raised on the myth of separation, and it is a difficult Misbelief to release. In some ways, humankind has made little progress on this lesson. And yet in other ways, your progress is profound….Some of you will say, I have mastered this lesson! I only support what is love and light. And yet we remind you: there is no way to be on the ‘right’ side, even when it is the light side. There is no ‘right’ whenever there are sides. There is only ‘right’ when there are no sides.”
Whoa. I’ve got some work to do.
I wholeheartedly agree that the myth of separateness is the cause of pretty much all my suffering and the suffering in the world. And, I desire to live in a world where we are separate from our separateness, i.e., a world of Oneness. But we have a very long journey to get there.
It is crucial to resist getting swamped by the enormity of the task. Maybe this world of Oneness will occur during my lifetime; likely it will not. But I have a part to play. Seeds must be planted before they will grow. Today, I’ll work on compassion for myself as well as for those I feel separate from. Maybe I’ll move on to empathy. Then who knows what may happen!
Another theme of the movie My Octopus Teacher is perseverance. The filmmaker dived into the ocean every day for almost a year to commune with his octopus friend. Some days he saw her, other days he didn’t. There were brilliant breakthroughs as well as heartbreaking challenges. But he swam to the bottom of the ocean each and every day seeking the interconnection that fed his soul.