The Weight of the World?

I have recently been going through some changes in my perception of the world / universe which has kind of come unbidden i.e. it started to take over my everyday experience of life as a human. I had begun to see metaphors / connections between many things in life as well as between ourselves as humans. My inner and outer worlds had become one and everything was standing undifferentiated from anything else. I could see the world as one integration of energies, a shifting sea of multifaceted perspectives of which one could interpret life from every angle. But yet aware that what was being experienced was a simple projection into the infinite complexity of quantum reality at its most basic, irreducible form.
There are many understandings borne as a consequence of this experience of this experience and not all easy. The one that initially struck me was that I too needed to share all of humanities pain as well as joy and take responsibility / bear the burden signalled by my new understanding. It does really constitute a type of ‘rebirth’.
“Many of us have set out on the path of enlightenment. We long for a release of self-hood in some kind of mystical union with all things. But that moment of epiphany—when we finally see the whole pattern and sense our place in the cosmic web—can be a crushing experience from which we never fully recover. Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. You can not turn away. Your destiny is bound to the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors. To seek enlightenment is to seek annihilation, rebirth, and the taking up of burdens. You must come prepared to touch and be touched by each and every thing in heaven and hell.
I am One with the Universe and it hurts.”
― Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe


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