I am the others, the others are me– Alejandro Jodorowsky in Jodorowsky’s Dune
I can find several ways it’s true.
The first two are more loose and poetic. The next three are something we can check out for ourselves in our direct noticing. And the last one either depends on our definition or is an assumption – at least for me now.
POETIC & SENSE OF US
We can mean it in a loose and poetic way.
I have a sense of fellowship and a sense of us.
So I am you and you are me in the sense that we are all in it together.
We are all part of and expressions of larger social and ecological systems.
We are expressions and parts of a larger whole, just like cells are part of a larger organism.
We are the local eyes, ears, thoughts, and feelings of the universe.
In this sense too, I am you and you are me.
I see in others what I know from myself, whether I know I know it from myself or not.
I can take any story I have about someone else (or anything in the world), turn it to myself, and find genuine and specific examples of where it’s true.
You are my mirror. You are me.
I am your mirror. I am you.
This is something I can find for myself by exploring projections. One of my favorite ways is through inquiry and especially The Work of Byron Katie.
To me, the world happens within and as my sense fields.
To me, any experience is found within sight, sound, smell, taste, sensations, thoughts, and so on.
To me, you happen within and as my sense fields.
Here too, you are me. And to you, I am you.
This is something I can explore and find for myself, by noticing my sense fields and how any experience happens within them. Traditional Buddhist sense field explorations are especially good for this.
WHAT I AM
In one sense, I am this human self in the world. That’s an assumption that’s not wrong and it works pretty well.
And when I look closer at what I am in my own experience, I find something else.
I find I more fundamentally am capacity for the world and anything that happens in my sense fields. I am what allows any and all experience, including what I think of as you.
I am what the world, to me, happens within and as. I am what you, to me, happen within and as.
If I want to put labels on it, I can say that to me, I am consciousness and the world happens within and as this consciousness I am.
In a very literal sense, you are me. And to you, I am you, whether you notice or not.
This is also something I can check out and find for myself, perhaps most effectively through forms of inquiry like the Big Mind process and Headless experiments, and also Basic Meditation.
We can take this one step further.
If we call all of existence Spirit, the divine, or God, we can say that we are all aspects and expressions of Spirit.
I am you and you are me.
I am the others, the others are me
- Alejandro Jodorowski in Jodorowsky’s Dune
- I am the others, the others are me
- Poetic, sense of fellowship, a sense of us
- Systems view, all parts / expressions of the same system
- Mirror – see in others what I know from myself, can turn any sentence I have about others to myself and find genuine examples of where it’s true (inner plurality)
- In my sense fields – the world and everything happens within (as as) my sense fields,
- In what I am – happens within and as what I am, within and as the oneness I am
- In the sense of all as Spirit – all expressions of the same Spirit, same divine, same God