In our ordinary fear-based consciousness, there is a persistent conflict, control, and separation in human relationships. Even when we cooperate in personal, business, and social relationships, there is always some level of self-centered interest as long as we remain in this dualistic consciousness.
The fear-based dualism becomes our ego personality that is drawn into and participates in a perpetual conflict to satisfy needs from a perception of lack. The reality of this consciousness is anxiety, fear, worry, inefficiency, inequality, and alienation. At present, human culture conditions a certain level of cooperation that agrees to maintain the fear-based ego consciousness of self, culture, and society.
Therefore, our relationships, participation, and cooperation are never fully supportive because of the self-centered interest of the ego personality. By transforming to a heart-based consciousness of unity, we open to a true participatory, cooperative, and partnership relationship. Within this consciousness, relationships are no longer under conflict, control, and separation. They experience peace, love, and creativity.
The unitary consciousness of the heart supports the other in a way that the others interest, goals, and desires are not separate from one’s own awareness. The self-giving affirming support of the other is the same as one’s personal self-interest. Here, the self does not take pride or attach to the gifts or accomplishments of the other, but rests in the joy of our inseparable connection with each other.
The mutual self-giving of the unitary consciousness of the heart is love. If we were to shift from a conciousness of conflict to the freedom of love, we could create infinite abundance for each other. Jesus says, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31). Our own self-interest is served by being one with the self-interest of others. We all form a single nondual unity as a multiplicity of unique persons. When the Dalai Lama was asked what persons had inspired him, he responded by saying he is inspired by every human person he meets.
It is time that we learn from and support the gifts of all persons that we have the opportunity to connect with in our daily lives. As our consciousness is transformed, we must no longer allow the conditioning of fame, wealth, attention, and status to impede our openness to support and learn from the gifts of all our relationships. We communicate as a community of being with others through the senses, emotions, feeling, intellect, and nonlocality of the heart. Thus, we will realize our inseparable unity, participation, and communion with all human beings.