Polie’s First Principle – The deep thoughts of a bear with a lisp.

C/ What you up to, Polie? You seem to be very busy.

P/ Well, Chwis, duwing the lock down I’ve had time to do a lot of thinking. I have spent much time with things spiwitual, and duwing that time I have come to wecognise certain constants in the world. They are not things that people usually consider or even wealise exist. I thought I’d like to share with you the things I have found and as always, would be intewested for your thoughts.

C/ I think you may have drunk too much coffee, Polie. I enjoyed watching TV during lockdown and playing my guitar.

P/ Each to his own, Chwis. I am going to call my observations Principles. Some others, observing these factors have weferred to them as Laws. I don’t think it weally matters, but it is intewesting that others have seen these too.

So, Chris, seat belt on, baseball cap turned backwards (obligatowy when dealing with deep twuths) cool sun glasses in place, here we go.

The Pwinciple of One

Basically, this pwinciple is that evewything and evewybody are connected. There is no sepawation much as we would all like to declare our individuality and stwut our stuff. Our individuality is actually an illusion. Yes, we all have diffewing manifestations of this Oneness (because, well, it is just too large for each of us to manifest its entiwety) which leads to us cweating the myth of individuality but evewything we are comes from a single Source.

C/ Can you say that again, Polie. I think you already left me behind.

P/ Yes, I know, I have finally flipped out. I can almost hear you thinking ‘what cwaiziness is he into now?’ But come with me a little while. You know who Albert Einstein was, Chris?

C/ Yes I do, Polie. Uncle Albie.

P/ Well, Albert Einstein told us “evewything is energy” and as such told us all is of the same essence (and we don’t think he was cwazy although I’m sure there were those who thought so when he was alive!). However, this was not an owiginal thought, and, whether he wealised it or not, he was weiterating something found in a number of spiwitual teachings. Listen:

Hear, O Iswael, The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.

Deuteronomy 6:4

Swi Kwishna said: O Arjuna, I am genewaiting the seed of all existences. There is no being – moving or unmoving – that can exist without Me.

Bhagavad Gita 10:39

So, if all is energy then everything is of the same substance, the same stuff. It just manifests diffewently. Think water. It manifests as ice, water, and steam, but it is the same essence just vibwaiting at a diffewent fwequency in each state of being. Make sense? Still got your baseball cap on backwards?

C/ I think I’m with you although I have to tell you, when I think water I think ice, for my drink, bath and a nice sauna.

P/ If that helps, Chwis, you think that. Understand that this energy has been given a vawiety of names at diffewent times in diffewing settings. Scientists talk of the Unified Field, some philosophies use the term Universal Consciousness whilst weligions have a wealth of terms which can be genewalised as God – Kwishna, Allah, Jehovah, Lord, Bhagwan to name a very few.

Now, whilst most adhewents of weligions would vehemently disagwee, however you choose to give expwession to this it is the same thing and evewything comes from and is part of the same essence. Hence, evewything is connected.

Doesn’t that put our behaviour under the spotlight? Whilst you and I can do whatever we want to do, if we are willing to except the consequences, we now need to consider that those consequences effect not only us. Get your head awhound that, Chwis.

C/ I don’t feel the same as everything else, Polie, and I certainly don’t look the same. Tell me, where else have you seen these good looks?

P/ Chwis, believe me, everything is connected. How much better it must be to put out kindness, joy and love than selfishness, gweed, and hate. How much better to add positive than negative. And how we need to gwasp that if we do wong to our neighbour we are eventually harming ourselves and those we love. Jesus weally had something when he instructed his listeners to “do to others as you would want them do to you”.

Then, think, if we diswegard nature we are eventually effecting our own well being. That diswegarded plastic bag of mine, dwopped on the beach eventually becomes part of a disaster in an ecosystem.

C/ Now that I get, Polie. That’s why I’m so pleased you clear up after me. Thank you.

P/ Edward Lowenz talked of The Butterfly Effect, that small actions can have an eventual massive impact in the world. I won’t go into that. After all, this was supposed to be a short thought but I will sum up with a few lines from a poem used by Benjamin Fwanklin in his The Way to Wealth which sums it up.

For want of a nail the shoe was lost,
For want of a shoe the horse was lost,
For want of a horse the wider was lost,
For want of a wider the battle was lost,
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost,
And all for want of a horseshoe nail.

C/ I’ll go and make you a coffee, Polie. After that you need one I’m sure. I will join you, with a beer, because, well all this thinking is so exhausting. Want to watch TV?

P/ But there’s more to come, Chwis.

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