The Walls We Build…

In these most interesting and incredible times of our human experience we are finally able to capture glimpses of our truly unlimited potential.  We are beginning to notice the failures of our current systems and structures and are searching the depths of our hearts for ways of changing them to provide a better world for our children.  Yet despite the infinite potential we are beginning to experience we cannot shake the feeling that something is holding us back.  As we seek to explore and expand the horizons of our reality we encounter our own walls, obstacles, and blockages leaving us stuck within the narrow confines of our old habitual realities.

These wall are quite natural for our current stage of human experience, but if we ever with to evolve as a species and understand the empowering strength of true peace and love in our universe I feel that we must find ways of overcoming them.  They arise naturally from our inherent compartmentalization of our ideas, experiences, and beliefs and they are fed by our deep seeded fear of change and removal from our comfort zones.  We erect them intellectually to separate our competing and seemingly contradictory ideas.  They mark the boundaries between our sciences and humanities, our systemic indoctrination and our disruptive thinking, and our concepts of physics from ideas, experiences, and beliefs within the metaphysical realm.  They define our concepts of possible and impossible, of acceptable discourse and our dreams of a new reality.  We create social walls separating our groups and tribes from the perceived others.  We drink the Kool-Aide of our social norms and seek conformity and comfort rather than deeper thinking, reflection, and the search for underlying unity.  We develop spiritual and religious walls in order to constrain and define our belief structures based more on comfort than investigation and personal experience.  They allow us to buy into an idea or belief while refraining from asking the deeper, more unsettling questions, encountering our fear of the unknown, and exploring the points of convergence between our personal histories and the greater search for meaning in the complete human experience.  We find emotional walls and blockages based on our attachment to feelings, people, and events.  We let these outside influences define our existence and our experience rather than taking control and seeing them for what they really are, fleeting experiences in an ever-changing universe.  And we decide to erect physical walls and boundaries shielding our ego from the greater connections of our human experience.  They lead us towards competition over cooperation towards the power of fear over love.

In many ways, these walls lead to feelings of addiction.  We are quite comfortable with these illusory realities of our own creation and feel a deep sense of anxiety when we step outside and explore a more comprehensive understanding of our reality.  Just like a heroin addict we feel that if we can only continue the high everything will be alright, that we can once again remove ourselves from the deep unsettling questions of who we are and where we are going.  Yet just as the addict is slowly killing the body to chase the euphoria, we are slowly killing our incredible potential chasing the comfort.  Rather than knowledge or understanding our walls are producing cognitive dissonance, the disruptive sickness of holding multiple contradictory ideas in the mind at the same time.  We feel that our compartmentalization brings us functional comfort, but as soon as it begins to break down and the dissonance rises we are left with much less comfort and only the barest, most superficial understanding of our reality and potential.

So how do we learn to break down these walls?  How do we marry our competing beliefs and ideas into a coherent understanding of our reality and potential?  And how do we finally relieve ourselves of the destructive effects of our cognitive dissonance and start discovering the underlying unity of our experience?  As with many things, it appears that the solution depends on how you define the problem.  The medicine must match the understanding of the disease.

If you choose to look at the problem from the concept of addiction the solution appears relatively simple.  The first step in breaking an addiction lies in acknowledgement that it exists in the first place.  For most addicts this requires hitting some type of rock bottom, the dark night of the soul, where all existing supports fall apart and there is nowhere to go but up.  While this is generally the most effective method of breaking addiction it is also the most destructive on both and individual and collective level.  However, if you can obtain the necessary self-awareness to acknowledge and identify your own walls and addictions I feel there is no reason to experience any type of rock bottom or painful dark night.  You can move directly to solving your problems and breaking down your walls.  Just be aware that true self-awareness is often much easier to talk about than achieve and carefully directed intention is extremely important.

From a more intellectual perspective, I have found considerable enlightenment within the quantum uncertainty principle of all sources.  The principle essentially states that the more you know about the position of a subatomic particle, the less you know of its velocity—and therefor its future—due to the wave-particle duality of matter in the quantum world.  As above, so below, and thus I feel the same concept applies to ideas and human events.  The more we look into a perceived concept or experience, the less we will be able to understand how it interacts with everything else.  The deeper we go into the narrow boxes of our understanding, the more they appear to be separate and distinct from the larger whole.  On the other hand, the more we try and understand everything at once the less we know about anything at all as we are left drifting aimlessly in our waves of quantum probability.  The key is to find and maintain a balance in our intellectual research and investigations.  We must acknowledge the existence of ideas and events without undue attachment and seek out their points of convergence with other seemingly separate ideas.  Through these points of convergence we can see the interrelationships of our reality and break down our walls with a renewed understanding of interdependence.

The final option and possibly the easiest is simply to love.  I have noticed through the course of my research and investigations that I keep coming back to this concept and I feel that is the most important for our ultimate human development.  Love in its proper form shows us the power of unity, the interconnectedness of our reality, and the true strength of our human evolutionary potential.  If you truly love yourself, you realize that you have to overcome your own walls and blockages as you continue on your path toward greater growth.  And if you truly love all others, you can help them on their journey without the pain of attachment to your own ego or outcomes as you fully understand the importance of their own free will in this incredible experience we call life.  In this light, love appears to be truly the most powerful force in our universe and I am only beginning to unlock the very basics of its true potential.

As a species, we have built these walls through our quest for comfort, security, and attachment.  Yet as we continue to investigate them we are beginning to realize the powerfully destructive ways in which they are holding us back from our development on both the individual and collective level.  If we ever wish to evolve in love as a mature species, if we wish to change our unsustainable systems and structures, and if we wish to give our children the world they truly deserve, we must start breaking down our walls.  We must face our deepest fears and insecurities and go forth into the future with love and a renewed commitment to changing our world.  I’ll see you on the journey.  In Love and In La’kesh.



8 DEC 2013, 2000(L), Raeford, NC, USA

About briangdonnelly

I'm pretty much a random traveler and free thinker. Right now I live and work with the Army in North Carolina. I grew up in Missouri but am from the northeast US and have traveled a lot with the Army and life in general so I can't say I really have a "home" except where I chose to catch a few hours or rack each day. Overall, life is pretty awesome and I'm looking forward to changing the world. Hit me up if you care... Peace, Brian
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