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One of my friends compared the growing realization of one’s own divinity to learning to play the guitar. The notion of this process involving a learned skill that requires practice is really fascinating, because you’d think that realizing you are an expression of the ocean would be the simplest thing in the world for you as a wave.Why is it often so challenging for the wave to realize it’s the ocean? We can look at this culturally, and also individually.
Western culture is committed to individuality. That’s part of its expression of divinity. We might say that Western culture is an experiment in ignoring the ocean, and that it fosters an individual commitment to that perspective.

This can lead to an almost pathological drive to be an individual, freestanding or pretending to be freestanding, sometimes without regard to the role of being part of a community, much less acknowledgement of oneness with the divine.

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