Stones weren't created; they became separated - Grasshopper
Everytime you see a rock or a stone, you are seeing a piece of the whole. It looks like it has always been a separate entity but that's never the case. We think of other people as separate from us, but that also is never the case.
We have all evolved into this pseudo-separateness. Who were you before you had a mind and a body? You were a divine energy waiting to take form. Everyone was once a twinkle in their creator's eye. We all have the same father and we all come from the same stuff.
Alan Watts refered to this idea of separateness as the Myth of Myself. He would say,
"We are not born into this world, but grow out of it; for in the same way an apple tree apples."
You can read a transcript of Alan's wonderful talk on the concept of "I" by clicking here.
So we are all evolving to the same place - back to where we came from. The only difference is the time frame. The English Burial Prayer says it succinctly when the phrase, "ashes to ashes, dust to dust" is intoned.
Let's focus on the time frame of our evolvement. There is a beginning and an end to the idea of our separateness.
The beginning is when our intellect takes shape. With the limited conscious resources avaialble to our intellect, we cannot logically understand what falls out of our area of comprehension.
Take the spectrum of light. There is only so much we can see with our eyes but science has proven there is more. The same is true with the audio spectrum. We can only hear within a certain frequency range, but, again, there is more.
When our eyes look past our skin, we logically conclude that we must be a separate entity. That's because, when we encounter something on the other side of the border (anything on the outside of our skin), we judge it to be separate because that is what our mind sees.
Separateness is an optical illusion - like the solidness of a photograph is an optical illusion. Just get a magnifying glass and look at a picture in a newspaper and it becomes quite evident that it's really a conglomeration of connected dots.
Every creation, animated or not, is a dot. Together they make up the big picture. When they think of themselves as isolated, they can only be an out of focus smudge. When they discover they are an offspring of the whole, life comes into focus. This realization is the end of our separateness. This is when we come full circle.
Quoting Eckhart Tolle: from The Power of Now:
"Identification with your mind creates an opaque screen of concepts, labels, images, words, judgments, and definitions that blocks all true relationship. It comes between you and yourself, between you and your fellow man and woman, between you and nature, between you and God. It is this screen of thought that creates the illusion of separateness, the illusion that there is you and a totally separate 'other.' You then forget the essential fact that, underneath the level of physical appearance and separate forms, you are one with all that is."
"Death is the stripping away of all that is not you. The secret of life is to 'die before you die' - and find that there is no death."
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