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One consciousness flows through all of creation. Older souls know this as they awaken presently to truths long held by indigenous people. As an example, when the Mandans pray, they end with “Numak k ki ama wa” (“All my Relatives”). That phrase affirms all life as interconnected, a tapestry of sacred strands.

Souls are cast into human existence to learn and grow. All around us are illustrations of what is natural and true. Rivers flow to the sea. Tree branches stretch toward infinite sky. Lovers strive to merge with one another. All that has been created evolves back to the Creator. We begin as baby souls, needing outward supports to sustain us. As we grow and evolve, our souls sense the connection with a larger energy and there is no longer a sense of being “apart from” anything.

Nothing is truly separate. Even those we consider very different from ourselves are kin. Cedric reminds me: “There’s no ‘us’ and ‘them.'” What he means is that separation is an illusion created and perpetuated by human beings, one that does not serve our higher interests. The truth is that there is no good and evil; there is only, as Cedric wisely states, “wisdom and ignorance.” We judge others, creating drama and conflict. If we continue to divide the world into false polarities — good and evil, right and wrong, advanced and inferior — we will not be ready to move beyond the third-dimensional consciousness.

Meditation fosters and facilitates a connection with our Higher Selves, always eager to remind us (when we’re willing to listen) that it does not matter a whit whether we are superior or advanced. What matters in this incarnation is how much love and compassion we evince for others. That is what is means to be wise and of the light. People are beginning to embrace their authentic selves more, and the overall tenor of the planet is gradually becoming more benevolent.

Consciousness is evolving. We are approaching the outward boundary of an old energy. This is an exciting time for human beings. The idea of oneness was, for a long time, scary to the ego, which stubbornly attempted to cling to outworn forms that no longer served it. Our culture of rules, regulations, licenses and religious dogma has, for the most part, kept us dependent on controlling leaders and false teachers. We come from an infinite source, yet the material and religious culture has long required that we dress ourselves in garments of limitation. Soon, many will realize that we do not need gurus, intermediaries, dogma or ritual to connect with a larger energy field.

Our bodies are not separate from our minds; our souls are not separate from their temples. There is likewise no division between past and future; all time is present to us as the eternal now. Moment by moment we can grow, we can reinvent ourselves, and we can rejuvenate. If the All is perceived in truth for the unity that it essentially is, we would obviate all suffering and live fully in the present moment. It is, the words of T.S. Eliot, “a white light still and moving.”

All it takes is just a few moments every day to stop and connect with Oneness. We have time for retail therapy. We find time to meet for coffee. We enjoy leisure hours streaming favorite movies. Perhaps, with a slight shift, we could pursue conscious growth with the same zeal. Sit in a comfortable spot. Light some incense. Fill an aromatherapy diffuser. Switch on the Himalayan Salt lamps. Dust off the amethyst crystals. Get your mind right and relax into the ultimate endorphic experience. Connect with the unity that we are and have always been. Inside each individual human heart is the doorway we are seeking.

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Janet Michele Red Feather
Janet Michele Red Feather, J.D., M.A., is a ceremonial singer who has learned over 60 traditional songs in Mandan and Lakota and sings in nine different languages. Janet was a full-time defense litigator in California for nearly eight years. Her life changed significantly after she traveled to North Dakota in 1993 to fast and pray for a way of life. A regular columnist for The Edge, she has also appeared in Psychic Guidepost, FATE Magazine and Species Link. Her book, Song of the Wind (2014, Galde Press), dealt with her experiences as an empath, and her journey through Mandan spiritual culture. She is currently a full-time, tenured English faculty member at Normandale Community College, having taught Composition and Literature for a span of 20 years.

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