If eternal recurrence is real, we’ve already met all the people we’re ever going to meet. That is, everybody, if either time or space is infinite – something the idea of eternal recurrence sort of points to, anyway.
We just don’t remember…
How wonderful it would be to pass by a seeming stranger and be able to say “I know this person! “, and to be able to remember his/her significance in your life, what they taught you, and how you came to influence them.
Think of all the best friends the infinite futures have to offer, and the infinite pasts have introduced. All the lovers. The rivals. The sad stories, the heroes. That’s us, spread out across time and space, in our infinite forms and personalities.
That’s “You and Me”, which are like the two sides of a coin.
That’s “Us and Them”, an idea that leads to conflict.
That’s Everyone – every One.
We’re naturally drawn to people that are similar to us in some way. We also change during our lives, and attract new kinds of people depending on that change.
Through the eventual process of individuation, when you become the most authentic (“godly”) you, you’ll attract others like yourself – other authentic themselves. Those, I think, are what people consider “soul mates”. It’s not just a romantic concept. Those are the Best ones. The friends that last for a lifetime. The odd 70-year loving marriage. They’re like yourself in another body, and you instinctively feel connected to them. You recognize yourself in them, instead of mere projection, which is often unconscious, and can only happen to the “unindividuated”.
I’m not sure what the point of this is, but maybe these new age crystal hippie astrology-terms will spark up some conversation. I really do somehow experience we’re all one. Our personalities and appearances are the sort of trivial result of not being able to be in the same coordinates in time and space – being born at different times in different places. I’m not saying our personalities are trivial (although in the grand scheme of things I suppose they are), but that if given enough time (infinity), we’ve all been each other. The oneness is such an absurdly bigger factor than our pointless differences, I can’t understand how it’s not apparent to everybody. I wonder if this is understandable or mere gibberish. :D I’ll let you be the judges of that.
Gratitude and love… they’re such similar emotions.
I learn so much about myself by getting to know the people I’m drawn to…they bring out the parts of me I haven’t claimed yet but I instinctively knew they would teach me :) I also think any people in a natural state of awe and openness will connect.
At what point do we become one?
How deep into our psyche would we have to delve to discover this oneness? On the surface we appear different, yet, assuming that we’re psychologically healthy, we share many of the same desires.
But years of trauma experienced by a child will inevitably lead that person to become a tremendously different adult compared to one who was raised by loving parents.
This train of thought marks one of my greatest concerns with this new-age spiritualism, it rests on a lot of abstract and obscure ideas. Having said that, I’m still a proponent due strictly to the ideals that drive it.
I think that, when the surface (hopes and dreams, desire, opinion, memory, and so on) is stripped away, we’re essentially one and the same… and everything we are is built on that. Everybody may have the same sense of “I”, you know, that feeling you get when you reference yourself? Imagine everyone having the exact same feeling when referencing themselves. And then being stuck in this sort of illusion of “other” being “outside”.
I think of my mother, who beat me when I was a child… and I see her as a child being beaten by her father, and his father being beaten before that, and so on. There is no regret, no hatred, only compassion, understanding, sadness and gratitude. Everyone has the chance to grow into whatever they want to be, with a bit of luck and the right kind of drive. Traumas can affect us in two ways. They can pull us under or they can be the pulling back of an arrow before it’s shot into something great. That is, if you do not go through immeasurable darkness, you’ll never truly ask “why is there suffering in the world?”. I mean, you might ask it, but you won’t mean it, if you haven’t experienced it. Only after really asking can you figure out the answer (because we allow it).
We’re developed in a womb, we’re born into a bigger womb (life), develop there and then die – into a new womb (I suspect).
Of course, all of this hinges on the idea of some sort of reincarnation. Not necessarily reincarnation of the soul or the personality, not necessarily even “re”incarnation, but just simultaneous incarnation of one being into history.
Love you all, by the way. Don’t forget to love yourselves! <3
There are more humans alive today then there ever were. Like…if you combined EVERY human to ever live. You wouldn’t meet the current population. So because of this I do not beleive in reincarnation.
But it is still a beautiful thought for me to consider. And I enjoy getting to know people.