You cannot be lost. You can believe you are lost but this belief will exist within the boundaries of found-ness.
Imagine Oneness. Imagine the essence of everything; all places, all things, and all times combined into One. And then imagine that Oneness noticing itself—thereby instantly creating duality. Now there is One, but one of its actions is to divide itself. Both parts are still made of Oneness, but now there is the perception of two.
Imagine this dividing continuing on and on and on, through galaxies, and stars, and planets. And imagine this subdivision of Oneness continuing on to also include individual Human Beings, (who any good scientist will tell you are made of bits of stars and comets, etc. etc.)
And so everything is still made of the original Oneness, and yet those aspects of the universe with consciousness then use that conscious ability to perceive themselves as completely separate entities. In fact we are all made of the very same energy as every galaxy, star, planet, or creature. We are all one thing, perceiving a sense of separation, or even isolation.
That separateness is merely a story we tell ourselves with our imaginations. We tell ourselves we are separate because we have words to divide up the universe with. There is a shrub, there are some clouds, there is a person. But all of these continue to be made of Oneness perceiving itself as separate.
All things come from all things, right back to that first Moment of duality. There is no separate. There is no away. There is no alone. We can use our imaginations to tell ourselves we’re not connected, but the energy we use to think that thought is the very same energy that all of us are made of.
Remember where you came from, long before your family or your bloodline through history. Long before your evolutionary growth from one creature to the next. Remember a place that exists before all time. That is where you always are. That is the stage on which your character of separateness plays out their role. And in watching it, you perceive that role as “your” life, as opposed to it being just one of the infinite lives that the universe is playing out simultaneously.
You can never be lost. You can never be alone. You are always, despite appearances, just one facet of the larger diamond that is all. Stop your dividing thoughts. No-think your way to being no-one, no-where. If you can do that, you will be home.
Scott McPherson is an Edmonton-based writer, public speaker, and mindfulness facilitator who works with individuals, companies and non-profit organisations locally and around the world.
A serious childhood brain injury lead Scott to spend his entire life meditating on the concepts of thought, consciousness, reality and identity. It made others as strange to him as he was to them. When he realized people were confused by their own over-thinking, Scott began teaching others to understand reality. He is currently CBC Radio Active’s Wellness Columnist, as well as a writer, speaker and mindfulness instructor based in Edmonton, AB where he still finds it strange to write about himself in the third person.