UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young
More than ever before, people seem to be searching for the way to
be in this world. The power of the internet allows for
large shifts in human consciousness, as millions of people are exposed
to the same ideas and perspectives at the same time.
While the internet has certainly sped things up, groups of people
subscribing to the same philosophy is not new. Have you noticed,
though, that every couple of years a new path seems to enchant the
masses? It seems a true shift in consciousness will occur. Within
a couple of years or even months, however, that awareness seems
to fade and something new comes along, with the hope that maybe
this will be the answer.
Humans have been seeking for a long time and if there was an answer
out there, we would have found it by now. It is the thinking mind
that tries to figure it all out. The answers, however, are not out
there and it is not the thinking mind that would lead us to
them. The thinking mind rearranges ideas, which are the products
of our own minds or the minds of others. It is basically our word
processing program and it has limitations the major one being
Think of the vastness of the universe and picture a tiny blue planet
somewhere in the midst of it all. Humans have developed a way to
communicate with each other and even speculate about things beyond
our little world. Yet we no more possess the language to talk meaningfully
about things beyond the beyond any more than ants can
talk about the country they live in, much less the cosmos. Answers
will not come from words, no matter how we rearrange them.
There is, however, another way of knowing. Because everything in
our universe is connected, a part of us can tune in to all that
is. It is a little like the oceans of the world. They are all connected.
If we had the ability to read the energy in the water,
we could dip our feet into the Pacific Ocean and pick up
information from the Atlantic or the Indian Ocean.
The language of the universe is silence. An ocean of energy underlies
everything. When we enter the silence, as in meditation, we can
tune in to the larger frequencies. Energetically, we
can go anywhere in the universe.
We are like drops of water that have separated out of the oneness
to experience individuality. We developed our own separate ego selves
to differentiate from the other drops. The problem arose when we
identified with that ego self, thinking it was the real us.
We forgot about the true essence. Ego is on a continuous quest to
feel better, understand more, reduce suffering, be evolved, or to
The truth is that what we yearn for is not answers or even understanding.
It is connection. When we shed ego like a suit of clothing and go
naked into the silent ocean, we merge back into the home from which
we came. We experience our own soul that drop of cosmic consciousness
that belongs to the whole. That is where we experience peace,
contentment and even joy. When we re-enter the world, having tasted
the sweetness of home, we realize nothing here need bother us. We
see all the machinations of ego; how it creates dramas, polarities,
unhappiness and stress and we can choose to no longer identify with
that aspect of our being. When we cease to identify with it, it
loses all power.
There is nothing to seek, nothing to find, no answers. It is all
about where we choose to put our consciousness. Shall we let it
energize ego and take us on a wild ride, or do we use it to maintain
an open connection with the oneness and live our lives as our true
Gwen Randall-Young is a psychotherapist in private practice
and author of Growing Into Soul: The Next Step in Human Evolution.
For articles and information about her books and Deep Powerful
Change personal growth/hypnosis CDs, visit www.gwen.ca
Hear Gwen Randall-Young on Drishti Point, Vancouvers
yoga radio talk show (CFRO 102.7FM), Monday, August 11, 5-6 PM.