Here is a complex thought for you to decipher. Choose a part of it, if you so desire, and use it as an inspiration to write your piece.
In the immensity of consciousness, a light appears — a tiny point which moves rapidly and traces shapes, thoughts, and feelings, like a pen writing on paper. And the ink which leaves a trace is memory. You are that tiny point and by your movement the world is ever re-created.
Sri Nisargadatta, I Am That
Being a person of insignificance within a world where significance is measured by wealth and influence, it’s not so hard to imagine yourself as infinitesimal within the universe.
Of course, this is not entirely true, after all, there are people around you to whom you are significant. We’d like to think our children hold us in some stead even though I know it doesn’t always work that way with all families.
But it can be overwhelming considering just how much influence we don’t have, that we live in a tiny part of the country we are born in, and our life’s work can very well take place entirely within that space.
I like the notion of the “immensity of consciousness” for it allows a perspective for us to live and work within. Despite the efforts of some, we are not insignificant. Each of us gives and receives to one another. The poorest person gives so others might improve their lot, the richest, looking beyond his own wealth and power sets about to improve the lives of many others.
For every ‘good’ deed we do we do in fact re-create our world. We are surrounded by so much doom and gloom, so much negativity that it is refreshing to see good deeds being done for no other reason than a love for our fellow man.
Recently the Invictus Games were held in Sydney. Men and women injured in war and battle putting aside their disabilities to compete in a range of sporting events. But it was more than that, these men and women were keen to participate but also to share camaraderie with one another. For watching these men and women support and encourage each other gave me the feeling that there are a lot of good people out there.
We may be a tiny spot within the immensity of the universe, but the spot we inhabit is important and meaningful.